One of the biggest challenges and responsibilities of owning a pet is the cost of vet care when they need it. Vets have a reputation for being “expensive” however if you consider a few important facts you will find this is not the case.
Firstly your animal cannot talk, they thus cannot tell us how they feel, where it hurts or what is wrong with them. Only by a process of diagnostic tests and elimination can we determine what is wrong with them before we can adequately treat them.
At Bromhof Vet we are not the cheapest clinic in the area, there are a number of reasons for this. Firstly we pride ourselves in practicing at the highest standard of Vet care that is available, we do not take shortcuts or “shotgun” treat and hope it works. We try to do things the correct gold standard way as we believe this is not only the responsible thing to do as a vet but also in your pets best interests. On a weekly basis we see patients as a second opinion who had been seen before and given repeated courses of different antibiotics without a single test being run.
The condition recurs and we then see them, run a few basic and simple tests and can make an accurate diagnosis and treat accordingly for a proper solution to the problem. In a time when antibiotic resistance is a huge concern (there are some studies which postulate that as people we will only have the use of antibiotics for another 50 years and then all known antibiotics will be have resistance against their efficacy of action resulting in people once again dying from simple otherwise easily curable conditions as we did prior to the discovery of antibiotics) this is more important than ever that as vets we do not just dispense antibiotics unnecessarily.
One of the biggest incorrect assumptions clients make is phoning around to compare pricing for a given procedure, for example you call 4 different vets to ask what the price of a spay will be and get 4 different quotes, you then go with the cheapest and assume anyone charging more than that is pocketing the rest and thus “ripping you off”.