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Old April 14th, 2005, 08:44 PM
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Default The High Cost of Veterinary Medicine

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head

sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, your Duck Cuddles has

passed away."

The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?

Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied.

How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean,

you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He

might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left

the room, and returned a few moments later with a

black Labrador Retriever.

As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the

dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the

examination table and sniffed the duck from top to

bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and

shook his head.

The vet patted the dog and took it out, and

returned a few moments later with a cat.

The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed

delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat

back on it's haunches, shook its head, meowed softly

and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry,

but as I said, this is most definitely, 100%

certifiably, a dead duck."

Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit

a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the


The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill.

"$150!", she cried, "$150 just to tell

me my duck is dead!!




"The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my

word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with

the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150.00.


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Old April 14th, 2005, 09:02 PM
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Probably truer than we think.

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Old April 14th, 2005, 10:55 PM
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!! I loved it.

She got off cheap for the Cat scan. It's usually about $900.

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Old April 15th, 2005, 08:17 PM
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Oh, Donna! Can I hire my cat out for this job??? Extra "cruise" income!!

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That reminds me of the vet I had who had to finally put to rest my old buddy Harley. The yellow lab I had as my companion for 16.5 years. It was one of the saddest days in my life and that vet had treated him for every ailment, shot, disease, mishap Harley ever had. When he put him to sleep the bastard actually had the nerve to charge me $35 for "disposal fee." I thought to myself, what a prick. After all the dollars I had spent in his office over the years he is adding to my suffering by charging me this cold fee!

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Old December 20th, 2012, 03:57 AM
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Yes, the costs of veterinary medicines have increased over the years, but not without valid reasons. As an example the U.S. inflation rate rose. Veterinarians and their staffs pay the same prices we do for housing, food, gasoline, and cars. In addition, most they have to repay large student loans, making it unlikely that they can afford big houses and expensive vacations.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Talking High Cost of Vets

Our vet used to joke that we put one of his kids through college. I think he wasn't joking.
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Since we have four dogs, and a cat (who thinks he's a dog) around here, I can certainly attest to the HIGH cost of vet care. I'm just glad I can afford to keep them all. Life wouldn't be the same around here without any of 'em.

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Very cute, Donna!

BTW, a pet owner can expect to pay anywhere from four to sixty thousand dollars over the lifespan of a pet. I personally don't know anyone whose pet has cost them 60 grand but one of our cats (Winston, who crossed the rainbow bridge last year) cost us 1,200 bucks when he suffered a fractured leg when he was a kitten. I wouldn't hesitate a nano second to pay whatever I had to pay for one or all of my three cats.
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