That does sound a lot. When our dog had an op and had to stay at a specialist dog hospital (I know, we're disgusting middle class ) it cost 5k, but that was for the op itself (a hip replacement, so a biggie) plus 24/7 nursing care as she wasn't supposed to move too much, regular mini-walks, sedation and painkillers - for 5 days.
On that basis, drip for 12 hours seems overpriced at £400. Maybe they are giving him antibiotics/ painkillers as well? Any stitches?
Unfortunately vets are one of the only professions which are able to charge whatever they want, they are not governed by industry standards in terms of charges. And unfortunately they have a captive audience, not like no one will do anything about their animals is it?
Nope no stitches, they suspected internal injuries (something to so with the breed of dog and crush injuries). Pain killers given at my own vets.
I wonder if its because its a contracted out service? I am going to question it with my own vets, i know i'm insured but think inflated prices are out of order, i can't help wondering if its because i'm insured the price was so much. She did ask me if i was insured before giving estimate.
I have no ideas what end cost was as after me getting upste at how i was going to find that sort of money 2 weeks before xmas they agreed to do a direct claim.
Don't get me wrong, they took very good care of him, and one member of staff was nice and helped me out with the direct claim thing but even so.
sounds excessive. There may be a one off 'call out' charge of something outrageous though. I know when I called the out of hours vet once, it was a charge of about £250.00 for an exam, but that was inclusive of the out of hours service. We waited until the morning.
Have you paid it yet, or is your policy one where the insurance company pays directly? If you have to pay upfront and get reimbursed, call your insurers first and see what they say....