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PhyllisStein89 Fri 03-Feb-17 20:11:23

Our adopted cat has a bad cough and we went to the vet today with him. She's booked him in for x-rays on Monday. Because he's got kidney problems he is going to be on intravenous fluids and under general anaesthetic. We've been quoted £327 for it! I've spoken to the woman from the cat rescue because she said she'd help out with vets fees but she says it's absolutely extortionate and thinks the vet is overcharging us. Just wondering if anybody else has had their cat x-rayed and is it worth shopping around?

aprilanne Fri 03-Feb-17 20:18:35

to be honest we paid 80 pound 5 years ago to have our rabbits teeth filled down so maybe its not to bad .our vet takes £35 pound just for a general checkup .and that only takes about 10 minutes .i took in a stray cat and he had sore skin and by the time i got cream and things it was about £90 pound they can charge what they like unfortunately .

thecatneuterer Fri 03-Feb-17 20:36:21

It doesn't surprise me but it is certainly worth shopping around. The vets in Pets at Home generally seem to be reasonable.

Labracadabra Fri 03-Feb-17 20:37:12

£35 just for 10 mins? A vet degree takes 5 years, maybe you could pop off and get one and save yourself £35? You're paying for a professional with training and expertise. Cats need a general anaesthetic for x rays as they're generally not great at lying perfectly still and it's not safe for a human to restrain them and be exposed to the radiation unnecessarily. So there is the cost of the drugs and the expertise to anaesthetise your cat and maintain them at the right plane (level) of anaesthesia during the procedure. Then there's the placing and setting up the IV fluids (not easy in tiny cat veins) and the fluids themselves. Then the X-rays and the vet's expertise to interpret the x-rays. If the vet makes all that look simple then that's a sign that they're skilled at their job. By all means get other quotes but I think you both underestimate the costs involved.

Vinorosso74 Fri 03-Feb-17 20:52:04

Personally I don't think that is too steep if he's going to be having a GA. A consultation at ours is £36. The drugs are expensive and remember about £65 of that will be the VAT they have to add.

lljkk Fri 03-Feb-17 20:54:18

yeah, costs £35 to get my vet's opinion on anything, too. The prices are what I would expect, OP. Now you understand why folk have insurance (but that's quite expensive, too).

TrustySnail Fri 03-Feb-17 20:56:31

One of my cats had kidney problems and was on intravenous fluids for 5 days - the whole thing cost me well over £1k in the end (he's worth it smile) - so £327 doesn't sound unlikely. A basic vet consultation is £25 in my area.

ewemum Fri 03-Feb-17 20:56:50

Sounds about right.

PhyllisStein89 Fri 03-Feb-17 21:01:01

Yeah it's just that the woman from the adoption agency has obviously taken a lot of cats to the vet so I thought she'd know if it was too much or not. Thanks for the opinions, greatly appreciated.
Although labracadabra no one is trying to undermine the work vets do so you don't need to take it that personally confused

Want2bSupermum Fri 03-Feb-17 21:04:07

GBP327 is high. I would ask different vets explaining that you can't afford that bill but don't want to see your pet go untreated.

I would expect GBP250-275 as a good price. Don't expect to find anything of good quality below that.

WetsTheFinger Fri 03-Feb-17 21:04:25

That is not extortionate. Feel free to go to a cheap high street vets but you get what you pay for..

WetsTheFinger Fri 03-Feb-17 21:04:57

P.s why don't you have insurance? 30 quid a month would have been the sensible option. But sadly so many pet owners seem to lack common sense.

lljkk Fri 03-Feb-17 21:07:49

30 quid a month is £360 a yr. £1k in less than 3 yrs.

fluffandsnuff Fri 03-Feb-17 21:10:10

Mine is going in for x rays with ivy fluids and scale and polish while he's under (vet ordered- he's not a glamour puss 😋). Quote is 280 pounds. DCat is insured but the vet doesn't think the insurance will cover it due to pre-existing condition/ dental work not covered

empirerecordsrocked Fri 03-Feb-17 21:12:22

Pets at home vets do. It have a good reputation here.

If you don't want to pay insurance pay what you would pay for insurance into an account and at least if you need it you'd have some cash to help.

Floralnomad Fri 03-Feb-17 21:17:40

It seems reasonable to me ,it cost me about £600 a couple of years ago to have my dogs front leg xrayed under GA . I wonder if the rescue place gets preferential rates at their vet as I know our vet does lots of work with charities and they get a better rate , would it be better to get their vet to look at him under the auspices of the rescue ?

TrustySnail Fri 03-Feb-17 21:23:39

Insurance is a bit of a gamble - if I'd insured my cat, now 17, for £30 a month, it would have cost me over £6k by now with only £1k claimed back(assuming they'd still have been insuring him as a feline geriatric) - the kidney episode was the only significant problem he's had, so it has worked out cheaper just to pay the bill. I have always had savings though, specifically for this sort of eventuality - if I had no savings, I'd definitely take out insurance.

cozietoesie Fri 03-Feb-17 21:26:42

I think it's maybe a little high but not extortionate - if it's needed in the first place. Did you ask the vet to explain what purpose the procedure would serve?

Trustyourself2 Fri 03-Feb-17 22:04:14

It sounds about right. Do a search on vet prices UK and you'll get a fair idea of charges.

Toddlerteaplease Fri 03-Feb-17 22:15:38

I paid £200 for a GA and a few stitches last year. So that sounds fairly reasonable.

Toddlerteaplease Fri 03-Feb-17 22:16:47

My vet only charges £19 for a consultation!

cozietoesie Fri 03-Feb-17 22:36:24

You're lucky, Toddler. smile

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 04-Feb-17 09:01:53

Wets that's harsh. Maybe the OP couldn't insure the cat and insurance doesn't cover everything.

OP, that doesn't sound too bad to be honest and, if you're happy with your vet, I'd stick with them. My cat was at the vets a lot last year and at one point we thought about changing to a different practice. When we thought about it we decided to stay as Harry will probably need ongoing treatment over the years and he was looked after so well.

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