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How much should I expect to pay for Vet Services?

How much should I expect to pay for Vet Services?

Part of responsible Pet Ownership is being proactive about your pet’s health care and budgeting to accommodate the prices for the health services your pets will need in future.

We’re building a rough guide below as to how much Pet Owners of domestic companion animals (dogs and cats) might expect to pay for Vet services, based off data from Vet Clinics nationally.

How much does the Vet Cost?

Unlike when you go to a Doctor and you may eligible for bulk billing through Medicare, Vet clinics don’t have a pet care insurance scheme run by the Government.  Vets also spend five years at university and countless hours becoming expert at all things from preventative care to surgery, oncology, dermatology, cardiology, radiology – everything.

Prices for Vet Services Depend on:

  • Pet Size: There is a wide variation in vet fees between small animal, equine (horses/donkeys), and mixed animal services.
  • Location: There is also a variation between prices of rural, regional, and city vet clinics.  City Vet Clinics’ rent is higher, and so is the standard of living costs and so vet service costs need to reflect this.
  • Appointment Length in Time: Vets have to invest money into ongoing education, clinic equipment, software, CT scanners.  It also depends on whether they do 10, 20, or 30 minute consultations.
  • Number of Staff involved and Complexity of Operation: The cost of Vet Services also depend on the number of staff involved, qualifications of those people involved, equipment involved, cost of sterilisation and medicine involved, all of those people’s time involved.

Take for example, a desexing operation.

There is surgery preparation – setup and maintenance of sterile surgery, surgical instruments, sterilisaton machines and sterilisation fluid to keep the instruments sterile, gowns, masks, gloves, a fully qualified anaesthesia nurse, a full qualified and experienced vet, heated pre-surgery and recovery cages, sterile preparation of patient, recovery nurse, anaesthetic drugs, ECG monitor, surgical lights, surgical consumables (swabs, sutures etc), IV fluids.

If you cannot afford Vet Fees, you still have a legal duty of care to take your Pet to see a Vet if they need medical care. BUT ~ before you go to a Vet, you need to understand how you are going to pay and you need to phone ahead to ask if they offer Vet Pay if you need it.

What if you can’t afford for Vet Fees right now.

Part of responsible pet ownership is regularly putting away emergency money into a separate savings account that you don’t touch or taking out Pet Insurance, or being proactive about your Pet’s Wellness with preventative check ups.

Some of your options might be:

  1. Buy Now, Pay Later, and Interest Free through ZipPay
  2. Ask Family and Friends.
  3. Contact a Financial Counsellor from the National Debt Helpline
  4. f you have a job, there are Pay Day advance loans such as MyPayNow.
  5. Pay with a Low Rate Credit Card.
  6. Vet Pay have a listing on their website with Vets who offer Vet Pay. (Note however, they were given a shonky award by Choice).
  7. You can create a Go Fund Me Campaign online on linkedin and on facebook groups. Don’t delay creating this. The sooner the better.
  8. Animal Welfare League have several Community Vet Clinics
  9. Ask an Animal Rescue group for help.

Emotionally blackmailing a Vet or haggling on prices is never okay. You not having money to pay for your Pet’s Veterinary treatment – is not the Vet’s fault.

Veterinarians are currently the profession with the highest rate of suicide.  There may have been several euthanasia’s done prior to your pet’s care, and behind the professional exterior, they find it upsetting doing it.

Please refer to the news article: “Our vets are dying for your pets: suicide rates higher than average

Vet Service Price Range
Annual Wellness Health Check Ups
General Consultation from $58
Fit to Fly Examination & Certificate from $125
Sick Pet Appointment and Diagnosis Approx Cost
Examination  from $58
Radiology (X-rays)   from $58
Laboratory/pathology testing such as Urinalysis (Wee), Fecal (Poo) Tests, Blood Tests from 
Vaccinations Approx Cost
C3 (core) Parvovirus, distemper and infectious hepatitis from $58
C4 (which is C3 + parainfluenza virus) from $58
C5 vaccine (which is C4 + Bordetella bronchiseptica recurring every three years)  from $68
C6  (which is C4 + corona virus and leptospirosis) from $68
C7 (which is C5 + corona virus and leptospirosis recurring every three years)  from $68
F3 vaccine (Cats) from $57
F5 vaccine (Cats) from $61
FIV vaccine (Cats) from $29
RCV vaccine from $52
Parasite Prevention Approx Cost
Flea from $50
Tick from $50
Worming (Heart & Gut) from $50
Surgical procedures – Consider extra costs such as Ultrasound, blood tests to detect any abnormalities, general anaesthetic (puts your pet in a sleep-like state before surgery). Approx Cost
Cat Desexing (Male) from $96
Cat Desexing (Female) from $146-$159
Dog Desexing (Male) from $165 – $175
Dog Desexing (Female) from $200 – $300
Microchipping Approx Cost
Dog & Cat Microchip implanting $22.50
Cat & Dog Dentistry (Teeth) Approx Cost
Teeth cleaning, young $300-$400
Full mouth teeth removal $750
Orthopaedic Surgery (Bones & Muscles) Approx Cost
Medially luxating patella $1,000 – $1,300
Anterior cruciate ligament $1,600 – $1,900
Pelvic fractures $1,000 – $2,000
Limb fractures $1,000 – $2,000
Brachycephalic Airway Corrective surgery Approx Cost
Corrective surgery  from $2500
Eye Surgery Approx Cost
Corneal ulcers from $450 – $600
Prolapsed third eyelid gland $450 – $600
Entropion $850 – $950
Meibomian gland tumours $650 – $850
Caesarean (Pregnancy Delivery) Approx Cost
Day procedure  $750 – $950
After hours         $1,000 – $1,200
Cancer Treatments Approx Cost
Skin Masses from $600 – $700
Splenic Tumours from $800 – $1,000
Osteosarcoma $1,000 – $1,500
Anal gland adenocarcinomas $900 – $1,200
Mammary gland cancer $500 – $1,200
Ear & nose cancer in white cats $500 – $900
Soft Tissue Surgery Approx Cost
Soft palate resection from $600 – $700
Abdomen Approx Cost
Gastrointestinal obstructions $1,000 – $2,000
Oesophageal foreign bodies $1,000 – $2,000
Bladder stone removal $1,000 – $1,200
Pet Weight loss programs Approx Cost
Examination and weigh in from $58 from $58
Nutrition Plan  from $58
End of Life Approx Cost
Euthanasia Up to $300
Cremation Up to $600

Cost of Pet Surgery, Vet Surgery Prices

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