Things that are NO CHARGE at Most Veterinary Clinics
The best way to save money on something is to not have to pay for it in the first place!
Here is a list of the most common items that you should not be charged for when your pet goes to the vet:
Nail Trims with Vaccinations. Almost all veterinary services include the cost of nail trims in their vaccination appointment price. While not always done by the veterinarian themselves, they are usually done by a veterinary technician or clinician prior to the vaccines while you are waiting, or done right after. Unless your pet is very difficult to handle, make sure this is done at the appropriate time. Often nail trims get overlooked, then, you end up coming back a few weeks later and paying full price.
Suture Removals. When stitches or staples are used during a surgery, it is expected that that they will need to be removed in 10 to 14 days time. At almost every veterinary clinic or hospital – this is part of the fee for the surgery and should not cost you anything when your pet comes in to have them removed. Unless your pet has managed to damage the original sutures and had them re-done, there should be no fee to you.
If you live quite a distance away from the vet that performed the surgery (such as an emergency while you and your pet were out of town), check to see what the suture removal fee is as part of the surgical procedure. That vet may reduce the overall price as you will need to take your pet to your own veterinarian, or one closer to you, to have them removed which you may have to pay for.
Educational Hand-Outs. Your veterinary clinic has a wealth of information on various ailments, diseases, treatments, prevention, behavioural issues and so forth that may apply to your pet. When you are presented with the diagnosis or indication of a health or behaviour issue – make sure you ask for some take home educational material on the matter from your vet. It should be free, and, is generally far better information that what you will find searching the internet. Many pet owners are often afraid to take informational hand-outs from their vet as they think the vet clinic is only trying to get them to have more tests run, or to purchase more supplements or pharmaceuticals from them. This is generally a misconception. The information they give out is usually written by experts and specialists in the related fields and provided to your veterinarian through continuing education programs that your vet pays a fee to have access to.
These are the most common services that clients end up paying for at their veterinary clinic that are usually no charge at most other clinics. If you do get charged a fee for one or more of the above, ask why. Most likely the fee will be removed.