Give More Details – Spend Less Money
If you are trying to spend less money at the vet by withholding information in hopes that your vet will not want to pursue further testing and such – think again.
Trying to slip issues past the vet will most likely cost you far more money in the future when the problem gets larger. Remember, your veterinarians main concern is your pets’ health. They will give you options for testing and treatment but it is up to you what you choose to do and when.
Generally getting issues cleared up when they arise is the most cost effective. Sooner or later an issue will need to be dealt with and the longer the problem has been festering, the more it will cost to take care of it.
Think about your car or house for a minute. How often has your mechanic or repair guy looked at an issue and told you how much cheaper it would have been if it was diagnosed and fixed months ago? Brakes pads that should have been replaced now need to be replaced along with the brake caliper and by changing that the brake lines will have to be bled. Or the plumbing leak behind the shower taps – now the insulation and drywall are damaged and mouldy along with rot in the floorboards under the tub. All far more expensive now than the original problem that you thought you couldn’t afford a few months ago.
One thing that veterinarians find extremely frustrating is pet owners that provide almost no information on their pet’s problem. They just come in and leave everything to the vet. The more time and effort that the veterinarian has to put into the case – the more money that will be charged for it.
Make notes. Present a brief outline of symptoms such as number of days involved, changes in appetite, stool, urine, where the pain seems to be coming from, what limbs are affected, etc. Any information that may be helpful.
In addition, many issues can be dealt with over the phone, or just by you stopping by yourself without a fee at all. Quite often pet owners will phone their clinic and after they describe the issue, the veterinary staff may advise them on something to try at home, or what to look for if this is not just a fleeting issue.
Dealing with a medical issue promptly is generally the most cost-effective route. Waiting for a problem to “go away” rarely benefits your pet, or your wallet.