Have vets become more concerned about fleecing customers for as much money as they can, or is it just my imagination?
Having had various cats for over 35 years, now, I consider myself to have been quite lucky in rarely needing the services of a vet aside from routine jabs. In recent years I have noticed a distinct behaviour from vets that bothers me greatly - greed! It’s as though their eyes start rolling like an old fashioned till at the thought of how much money they can extract from me for the current visit. e.g. ‘I’ll just give him an antibiotic while he is here...’. Ker ching! After one particular episode of all out greed I abandoned the services of the vet practice I had been using for many years.
But hey, ho....here we go again. A couple of examples.
One of my two rescued cats gets a runny eye now and again and I went to my newish vet practice for them to have a look. I really nice young vet spent over half an hour gently examining my cat to establish if there was any obvious cause. No, and to cut a long story short, he said the eye was perfectly fine. A reasonable charge, too, in my opinion. A month or so later, I returned to the same vet practice for the annual jab. Another vet asked how my cat was generally, and I said fine, apart from the occasional runny eye. He looked and declared triumphantly that it was chronic conjunctivitis and that I needed to administer expensive gels he was trying to force on me. I explained about my previous visit to the same practice and the extensive investigation carried out by the other vet. I asked him to call up the details on the computer system, but he refused and became quite aggressive and me refusing to accept his judgement.
A year later, annual jab time again so back to the same vet practice. This time just a vet nurse. Apart from the jab, a quick check over. Says my cat’s teeth are a bit yellow and disappears to get a price list ‘ker ching!’...anaesthetic ‘ker ching’, dental work ‘ker ching’, they could check bloods as well ‘ker ching’...oh, and it could be that some teeth might need removing ‘ker ching’, but they wouldn’t know until the vet could get a closer look under anaesthetic The fact is my cat is perfectly fine, eats a mixed diet of good quality food and is only 5 years old.
So, if you haven’t got bored of reading to this point, is it just me that thinks vets are out to fleece us for all they can get?