Staff and medical staff are excellent. My only complaint is the cost. I think it is overpriced!
Thank you for the review. We offer several options for Pet Parents that have many pets and are on a tight budget. You have mentioned cost and being over priced before. Here is some insight into the veterinary business.
Veterinary health care is expensive and rightfully concerned pet owners sometimes assume that it must mean the veterinarian and staff members are rolling in the money or that they are being ripped off or over priced. This is usually a long way from the truth and there are a lot of factors that influence the bill you pay at the end of your visit. Here is a break down to help you understand:
First off, there are some big expenses incurred in the running of a vet hospital like fixed overhead. Overhead includes rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, maintenance, and medical disposal fees. There?s inventory which includes medications huge costs from large pharmacy companies, a plethora of medical supplies, and foods. Big initial investments like diagnostic equipment such as x-ray, ultrasound, anesthesia machines and monitoring, instruments and tools, up keep of this equipment and sometimes in house laboratory machines are very costly and do not last forever. Then there are salaries as often a myriad of people contribute to the care your pet receives besides the doctor, from technicians to assistants and their continuing education, to receptionists and kennel attendants.
Now, your vet bill includes a lot of items that in human medicine are typically split up. For example- if you break a leg, you may get billed for the doctor?s time, the x-ray technician, the radiologist, the anesthesiologist, the surgeon, hospitalization, the pharmacy for medications, etc. separately. At the vet, you get one bill with all those charges which can often be overwhelming in what can be an emotional situation.
The bottom line is your vet isn't just a primary care office; it can be a radiology center, laboratory, pharmacy, hospital, and food store. That?s a lot! In addition, there are no subsidies for veterinary medicine like human medicine (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). There is Care Credit and Pet Insurance. And not many people have pet insurance to offset costs.
Loving our pets is a commitment of both time and money, just like loving and caring for our human family members. There are some ways you can help lessen the financial burden like preventing problems, feeding a healthy diet, and pet insurance.
Before you consent to anything you can ask for an itemized estimate from your vet if they don?t already provide them. And always ask questions before committing to treatments if you don?t understand.
Perhaps you need to check around at one of the many other veterinarians in our area, there are several.
At Plum Creek and PetVet we only want the best for your furry friends and you.