If you want your dog’s health to always be in top condition, it may be unavoidable for you to spend a few dollars in the process. Of course, being healthy shouldn’t be too expensive but this may not be the case if you find yourself stuck with a veterinarian who charges ludicrous fees for his services.
This is why it is important to discuss financial matters with a veterinarian right from the beginning. Different vets charge different prices for their services and you can’t really tell them to lower their fees just because you are on a tight budget.
Most veterinarians will not mention their fees during a consultation so it is your responsibility as the client to ask about their charges. If you are uncomfortable asking them directly, you can always inquire with their assistant first.
In some cases however, the cost of caring for your dog’s health will have nothing to do with the vet’s fees. For instance, if your pup is ill and special medications need to be administered, these costs will not be included in the vet’s regular fee. You will have to shoulder the additional expenses, although you may be able to avail of a discount if the meds are available right in the vet’s clinic.
In such cases, you will have to rise above the typical taboo placed on money matters and just directly ask your vet about how much the treatment will entail. It’s not really wise to tell them to go ahead with the treatment and find out later that you couldn’t afford to pay for it.
Still, many people may find it uncomfortable to ask a veterinarian face to face about their fees. If this is the case, you will have to find other ways to find out how much the vet charges before you and your dog actually go in for a visit.
One thing you can do is to call ahead of time and inquire about the charges over the phone. If the veterinarian has a website, you can make the inquiry there. The point is you have to find out just how much it will cost to have the vet look after your dog’s health.
Another way to get an idea of what the bill might be is to ask for an estimate at the start of the appointment. Of course, the actual amount may be more or less than the estimate but at least you will have an idea. It would also be helpful for you and your vet to agree on an amount initially so that he can decide on which methods to take in caring for your dog’s health which will fit right in with your budget.