Carte Blanche complaint dismissed

Eric

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Do vets rip you off, or does the whole system rip you off...
Just a pity it's become unaffordable for many to neuter or spay their animals.
 

marine1

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It's ridiculous what the charge and CB was on the money. They have the vets an opportunity to comment on the show and all they did was look like A holes
 

Eric

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Yeah, it's a bit like saying Afrox don't rip you off while you're under.
 

Lupus

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It's ridiculous what the charge and CB was on the money. They have the vets an opportunity to comment on the show and all they did was look like A holes
Recently having taken my dog in for breaking her toe I realised yes vets aren't cheap but are they necessarily that expensive? Her consultations were R250 to R320 depending on weekend or not, the xrays were R400, the sedatives were R120, the cast and bandages were another R100 or so.
Now considering what I paid for my son when he went into the GP for a cough, it was R350 for the GP, R500 for the xrays and and it kept piling on. Yes there are probably some vets who are expensive but we've noticed if you speak to the vets they generally can make a plan and help you out, we took a cat about two years ago into the vet because a dog bit him through the palette of his mouth, would've cost upwards of 20k to fix, but we spoke to the vet and in total after 6 months of going in and out of the vets it was about R8000
 

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I don't think Vet fees are out of line. A vet is like a doctor who specializes in animals. And not 1 sort of animal but multiple species and sizes. Why should a vet be paid less for operating on a dog instead of a human? You need the same if not a better degree and experience. I think some vets are better than some doctors.

If you can't afford the possible vets fees in having an animal, its simple, don't get an animal.

I think Carte Blanche is a good objective investigative TV show but I agree with the Vets on this one, it was a skewed look at their profession.
 

crackersa

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I don't think Vet fees are out of line. A vet is like a doctor who specializes in animals. And not 1 sort of animal but multiple species and sizes. Why should a vet be paid less for operating on a dog instead of a human? You need the same if not a better degree and experience. I think some vets are better than some doctors.

If you can't afford the possible vets fees in having an animal, its simple, don't get an animal.

I think Carte Blanche is a good objective investigative TV show but I agree with the Vets on this one, it was a skewed look at their profession.
^This

and the fact that vets can't directly speak to animals but still diagnose with a degree of accuracy just says how amazing they are.

you can get pet insurance which is way cheaper than Discovery or Momentum

vets are underpaid, IMO.
 

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People who complain about vet costs don't have a clear understanding of the field.

If they make a mistake on the operating table they can loose their license to practice, ending their income earning abilities.

Then take into account that there is prep before every operation, scrubbing, putting the animal under, careful monitoring which means at least two people are involved in any operation (typically 3).

Afterward you have to monitor the animal because they are pretty fragile.

Finally after all of this you need to boil the equipment (to sterilize for the next operation) and carefully sort and store.

All that and most vets will still let you get away with that for less than R1k.

Compare that to what you pay to service your car and you'll realize the vet is charging you peanuts.

People simply don't understand the expert knowledge involved and how few vets there are.

My parents are vets and I can tell you authoritatively they should be earning far, far more than they are.

If you really want to complain, complain about what you are paying to service your car. What you pay on tax, etc. Vets are cheap comparatively.
 

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People who complain about Vet fees are the people that have "dogs" and not pets.

Not specifically referring to dogs only, I mean they want to treat their pets like dogs and not pets.
 

Skerminkel

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People who complain about Vet fees are the people that have "dogs" and not pets.

Not specifically referring to dogs only, I mean they want to treat their pets like dogs and not pets.
Huh? Are "dogs" not dogs?
 

Electron1

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Doctors can use the facilities at a hospital and the patients have to pay the hospital fees as well.
Vets have to have their own hospital, X-ray machine, Anesthetic machine, Theatre, equipment.
These fees are included on the bill. The cost of this is exorbitant, and it has to be passed on to the customer.
 

bokdrol

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Not so exhorbitant. I have a cat who is recovering from serious liver failure. She was in hospital for about 8 days in total and saw three vets in total (one a specialist vet). All in all it cost me about R10 000. A lot of money, but think of hospital and specialist fees for humans. She is a beloved member of the family and I don't begrudge spending the money.
Most vets will try to cut costs for the owner as far as possible and they always advise on estimated costs before they proceed.
What I wish, though, is that vets would make neutering and spaying more affordable. Some vets charge R900 upwards for spaying a cat. That is ridiculous and unaffordable for many people and contributes to the ongoing crisis of unwanted kittens. I have gone through the exact costs of such a spay and it would cost no more than R150 to do the op IMO. Many vets are helpful and give reduced rates for feral cats, and for that I am exceedingly grateful.
 

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Recently having taken my dog in for breaking her toe I realised yes vets aren't cheap but are they necessarily that expensive? Her consultations were R250 to R320 depending on weekend or not, the xrays were R400, the sedatives were R120, the cast and bandages were another R100 or so.
Now considering what I paid for my son when he went into the GP for a cough, it was R350 for the GP, R500 for the xrays and and it kept piling on. Yes there are probably some vets who are expensive but we've noticed if you speak to the vets they generally can make a plan and help you out, we took a cat about two years ago into the vet because a dog bit him through the palette of his mouth, would've cost upwards of 20k to fix, but we spoke to the vet and in total after 6 months of going in and out of the vets it was about R8000
Took my cat to fourways she was vomiting are something funny. They kept her overnight cost me R 3 500
the most expensive vet and CB were dead right in their show.
They are probably the most expensive vet. Oh and they found nothing wrong with her
 
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