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View Poll Results: How much does your vet charge for a 4DX?
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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-07-2010, 04:33 PM
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We just had it all done today....

heartworm/combo (lymes) 32.00

complete thyroid panel to be sent out to lab 143.00

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Toby had his annual exam and HW test today and so I have the invoice here. Our vet stopped doing the 4x test because they found a full blood panel and other indicators would pick up indicators/clues of TBDs (for example low platelets or extreme lethargy are indicative of TBDs). If the full blood panel shows anything off, then they do a tick profile. I asked specifically for a full senior profile for Toby (he's only 6.5 but I'm starting him early and twice yearly) and the total of the senior blood profile, which includes the HW test, is $99.00. The Annual Exam with his vet is $56.00 but lasted over an hour. His Canine Post Pill thyroid test was $26.73. I think these are on the high side, but this veterinary hospital always charges at the high end of the market. They are open 7 days a week, and they are AHAA accredited so I think they charge more because of these things. We are spacing his vaccines over the next month (2 week intervals). Today was his leptospirosis vaccine at $24. His brother Barkley had lepto and we live in a heavy wildlife area so we opt for vaccination. We spent thousands on Barkley when he contracted it. I'm watching Toby today for reactions--none so far.
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3DX is $38.00 on top of the exam fee of $39.00

I don't have a problem paying an exam fee, I am using the doctor's time, equipment, and they have to staff the place, too!
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Hank hasn't been tested yet, but the last time Maggie was done (2009), it was $26.00.

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I was charged $35 per dog, but they didn't charge me for the visit. If they had, it would have been $65.

The distemper shot is the same deal, only it costs somewhere between $25-35 per dog. We had them done a month apart for some reason, so I didn't have to pay $65-70 in one visit.

I think they are doing it this way because a lot of people were complaining about the cost.

It would cost less through the humane society, but I haven't tried that.

ETA - I'm more shocked by the cost of the heartworm/flea pills. It used to be only $11 per month but now it's up to $21/month. And they wonder why I only have my dogs on the pills through the summer months....
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I would keep an eye out for any low cost clinics. I did everything at the vet last year and it was really expensive. I think this year, I'll take him in for a check-up at the vet but then do his shots and all that at a trustworthy low cost clinic. Our humane society out here has one the first weekend of every month or something like that. Not sure if they do heartworm testing though.
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35.00 for the test, no office fee,and small discount due to multiple dogs, i live in mi and only use heartworm apil-november
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I think we may have to find a low cost clinic.

We took Luna in Friday, had the 4Dx including blood collection done for $73.54, the office visit & examination was $90
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Do your guys have Tractor Supply or feed stores up there? Feed stores in the south offer clinics.. a mobil vet visits once a month and they don't charge an office visit. I think a heart worm check is like $20 with a discount if you purchase the prevention meds at the time of the visit.
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Well, my bill yesterday for my rescue gal Zoe was pretty huge because she is heartworm positive. The test itself (4DX) is $41 and long exam is $47.
Plus we had a fecal exam and an ear smear done.
The real costs started piling up with the Doxycycline and Prednisone, which I'm sure is the tip of the iceberg in the overall treatment costs.
I'm more concerned with possible complications during the treatment.
Cost is not a huge factor right now as long as I'm working I can make ends meet.
I can certainly understand the stress this would put on a retired senior that is living on a fixed income.
I always joke with my wife that it's important we buy quality kibble so we have proper nutrition after I have to retire....
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