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ELBBUBKUNPS
2nd November 2015, 11:43
GF's cat has a blade of grass stuck back of the throat, local vet couldn't get it out under anaesthetic so cat has had to go to a specialists. First vet charged £480, and £300 of that was for anaesthetic does it really cost that much in material / labour / or they just ham it up for insurance....? Specialist has just told me at a minimum it will £1000 :eek :eek for what they need to do, the pet insurance covers upto £1k.

SimonMac
2nd November 2015, 11:46
A woman brought a very limp parrot into a veterinary hospital. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the Vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, Polly has passed away."

The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure? 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, shrugged, turned and left the room returning a few moments later with beautiful black Labrador. As the bird's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the dead parrot from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet led the dog out but returned a few moments later with a cat. The cat jumped up and also sniffed delicately at the ex-bird. The cat sat back, shook its head, meowed and ran out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry; but like I said, your parrot is most definitely, 100% certifiably ...dead."

He then turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The parrot's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried. "$150 just to tell me my bird is dead?!"

The vet shrugged. "If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would only have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, what did you expect?"

ELBBUBKUNPS
2nd November 2015, 11:52
A woman brought a very limp parrot into a veterinary hospital. As she lay her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the Vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, Polly has passed away."

The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure? 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, shrugged, turned and left the room returning a few moments later with beautiful black Labrador. As the bird's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the dead parrot from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet led the dog out but returned a few moments later with a cat. The cat jumped up and also sniffed delicately at the ex-bird. The cat sat back, shook its head, meowed and ran out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry; but like I said, your parrot is most definitely, 100% certifiably ...dead."

He then turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill which he handed to the woman. The parrot's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried. "$150 just to tell me my bird is dead?!"

The vet shrugged. "If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would only have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, what did you expect?"

lol x this by 3 as this is the third time the cat has got grass stuck in throat.

Bluespider
2nd November 2015, 11:59
lol x this by 3 as this is the third time the cat has got grass stuck in throat.

This is darwinian...

You are neither helping the cat or the gene pool by allowing this kind of behavior to go on... :spank:

NickFitz
2nd November 2015, 12:07
It's not putting the cat to sleep you're paying for: it's the knowledge of how to do so in such a way that it wakes up again :)

suityou01
2nd November 2015, 12:09
Picasso was accosted by a fan while out on his travels. "Could you please draw me a quick sketch?" she asked.
He sat for 15 minutes and knocked out a quick sketch, then handed it to her.

"15,000 Francs please" he asked?

"What, but it only took 15 minutes!" the woman exclaimed.

"60 years, and 15 minutes" Picasso replied.

BrilloPad
2nd November 2015, 12:12
Do it yourself - it will cost nothing.

Of course you will end up with your eyes scratched out. But surely that is worth a grand?

WTFH
2nd November 2015, 12:12
Am I the only one chuckling here at the idea of a contractor complaining that paying for a professional to do a job is paying too much?
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur" - Red Adair.


Next time, try anesthetising the cat yourself, then see how your wife reacts (I assume the cat is hers, not yours)

woohoo
2nd November 2015, 12:18
GF's cat has a blade of grass stuck back of the throat, local vet couldn't get it out under anaesthetic so cat has had to go to a specialists. First vet charged £480, and £300 of that was for anaesthetic does it really cost that much in material / labour / or they just ham it up for insurance....? Specialist has just told me at a minimum it will £1000 :eek :eek for what they need to do, the pet insurance covers upto £1k.

They are a business, they will try to get away with what they can.

I'm sure I read somewhere that Vets have one of the highest suicide rates of any profession. Could be a guilty conscience!

ELBBUBKUNPS
2nd November 2015, 12:25
True paying for there knowledge.

They recon they might not be able to remove it this time and if that's the case they got to put her to sleep, would be sad as she is such an active cat just seems have a grass issue !

_V_
2nd November 2015, 12:26
Last time I spoke to the vet they were telling me how downmarket the Presidential Villa had become on Bora Bora and this was the last year they would bother with it.

barrydidit
2nd November 2015, 12:59
Can't you follow NLUK's tip and smear deep heat on it's hoop? That ought to shift a bit of grass if the lazy tw@ can't even be arsed to cough.

rl4engc
2nd November 2015, 13:28
I know a vet nurse and although where she works seems to charge 'reasonable' rates, she's often surprised that other practices seem to charge 2x or 3x as much.

Cats are normally pretty good at regurgitating stuff by themselves and I've cleared up plenty of gungy mess they've left on the carpet as testament to that.

Might be worth phoning round and ask for rough prices up front, the practice you've used seems to be the equivalent of that Viz joke about the garage invoicing a customer for "retro fitment of brass pottle vales, adjustable trumpets and stainless steel glib shafts.."

_V_
2nd November 2015, 13:57
I took my old cat to one of these high tech vets (you know latest MRI scanners that type of thing). Cat needed old tooth extracted, quote £900. This includes scans, and general anaesthetic.

Took it to a semi-retired lady vet operating out of a little terraced house in a high street. Takes one look at greying cat, grabs a pair of pliars and pulls the tooth out. Job done in 30 seconds, charge, £0.

Sorted. :smile

MrMarkyMark
2nd November 2015, 13:58
Can't you follow NLUK's tip and smear deep heat on it's hoop? That ought to shift a bit of grass if the lazy tw@ can't even be arsed to cough.

Best bit of advice on this thread, maybe, when contracting enters Armageddon NLUK will make it as a vet...

:smokin

d000hg
2nd November 2015, 14:11
Having pets and paying for their private medical costs really makes you appreciate the NHS!

vwdan
2nd November 2015, 17:30
Am I the only one chuckling here at the idea of a contractor complaining that paying for a professional to do a job is paying too much?
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur" - Red Adair.


Next time, try anesthetising the cat yourself, then see how your wife reacts (I assume the cat is hers, not yours)

Nope - it was my first thought. Let's face it - all we do is click around and type all day!

ELBBUBKUNPS
2nd November 2015, 17:58
Well they got it out, cat needs to stay in over night can you guess the bill ........ £3060 .. yes £3060 plus the £500 already spent so total cost to get 1 blade of grass out of a cat is £3560 !! :eek: eek . I appreciate they are experts the vets but when you compare the cost of human medical care vs this it seems a bit skewed imo. Insurance will cover a 1k but I still have to payout all the fees then claim back.

GJABS
2nd November 2015, 18:13
£3560 !! :eek: eek

:eek: indeed.
Could you not buy a new one for less than that - GF might not be able to tell the difference?

d000hg
2nd November 2015, 18:52
when you compare the cost of human medical care vs this it seems a bit skewed imoI think you underestimate what human private medical care really costs.

SueEllen
2nd November 2015, 18:59
I think you underestimate what human private medical care really costs.

You would also be shocked at the price of some NHS medical care particularly emergency life saving treatment.

BigRed
2nd November 2015, 21:27
:eek: indeed.
Could you not buy a new one for less than that - GF might not be able to tell the difference?

You could buy a new GF for that, one without a cat.

I live in a rural community so the conversation tends to be how much to put it down and get a new one compared to fixing it.

EternalOptimist
2nd November 2015, 21:41
Our cats eat grass all the time, they never choke on it. They sh!t it out quite easily.
The missus is a cat lover and she thinks they either get plant material benefits, or it clears the worms out.

I did see a previous cat, the late Brewster -Roustabout, sitting on the workstation one day with a nine inch bit of foliage hanging out of her bum.

I got a bit of kitchen roll and pulled it out. First time I ever saw a cat cum really


:eyes

ELBBUBKUNPS
2nd November 2015, 21:58
They eat grass as it makes them puke up fur balls etc, its third time with this cat its got stuck, I recon its got something wrong with it that means when she pukes blades are getting stuck at back of throat upto nose. To get it out this time we went local vet first who couldn't shift it who referred us to animal hosiptal. Last time it happened I told gf to get better insurance for a few quid more you get 4k cover she didnt ... vet fees are high I thought may be a grand tops for this not 3.5k, though I did miss the cat this eve when I got home may be even 3.5k worth lol

EternalOptimist
2nd November 2015, 22:07
true, it often comes out of the nostril. via the sinus probably.

I pulled a fair few snotty blades out over the years, but mostly it come out of the bum hole

barrydidit
3rd November 2015, 08:34
First time I ever saw a cat cum really

First time?

d000hg
3rd November 2015, 10:00
What would've happened if they didn't remove the blade of grass?

OwlHoot
3rd November 2015, 10:17
Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier just to mow the lawn a biut more often? :tongue

ELBBUBKUNPS
3rd November 2015, 10:53
What would've happened if they didn't remove the blade of grass?

Would of killed the cat in the end as it cause inflammation and infection, the first vet tried on Friday and couldn't get it out, the other couldn't do it till yesterday so over weekend cat was on a lot of drugs spaced out with a lot of slobber coming from her mouth.

The actual treatment involved anaesthetic and endoscopy and special tools to remove they had to do it through the nose, the anaesthetic alone was close to £350, then a drip of antibiotics £300, overnight stay +++ I'm a bit skint at the moment so this is going to wipe me out until pay day at the end of the month.

psychocandy
3rd November 2015, 11:40
Our cats eat grass all the time, they never choke on it. They sh!t it out quite easily.
The missus is a cat lover and she thinks they either get plant material benefits, or it clears the worms out.

I did see a previous cat, the late Brewster -Roustabout, sitting on the workstation one day with a nine inch bit of foliage hanging out of her bum.

I got a bit of kitchen roll and pulled it out. First time I ever saw a cat cum really


:eyes

What was the 2nd time? Or did you like it so much the first time you did it deliberately next time?:puke:

SimonMac
3rd November 2015, 11:56
You could buy a new GF for that, one without a cat.

I live in a rural community so the conversation tends to be how much to put it down and get a new one compared to fixing it.

You never buy a girlfriend, you only ever rent her!

d000hg
3rd November 2015, 12:30
£3500 for a cat-vet is just stupid, it's just a cat (and I like cats).

Did you not even try to challenge the bill?

BoredBloke
3rd November 2015, 12:42
It would have been much cheaper to have it put down and buy one that doesn't get stuff stuck in its throat.

Vets royally take the piss though. They cash in on the fact that people generally love their pets and will pay accordingly. On that basis our dog and his vet will be in for a shock once the first significant bill arrives.

psychocandy
3rd November 2015, 13:01
I will agree that vets take the piss sometimes. We just left one vet when we got charged for something that we were told was included in the price one too many times.... We complained but they didn't even bother to respond - I guess they've got enough mugs who pay without asking about the bill.

We had a cat a few years ago. Vet diagnosed him as heart problems and wouldn't last 6 months max. Kids crying etc. Without tablets wouldnt last a month. So £90 a month for tablets no choice.

For the next 10 years! Nice little margin on those tablets for all those years for the vet. I did once try to get vet to do a prescription and I'd get them online (much cheaper) but they wanted a huge "prescribing fee" then. And I could hardly tell the kids sorry I think the vet is taking the piss, I aint buying anymore tablets just in case the old boy did keel over!

Anyway, cat did go at the ripe old age of 18 in the end. Probably sod all to do with his heart. I must admit I do think there was possibly bugger all wrong with his heart all along!

ELBBUBKUNPS
3rd November 2015, 13:07
£3500 for a cat-vet is just stupid, it's just a cat (and I like cats).

Did you not even try to challenge the bill?

I left it to gf to sort, yes she did question it and told them her insurance only covered £1k of it, apparently the piece of equipment that was needed to remove it only a handful of vets have, we are London and the vet we were referred to who had the equipment was a 65 mile drive away and they were the closet, this special piece of equipment must of driven up the cost. We had already incurred £600 in fees with the first vet who couldn't remove it usually that vet was able to the other times.

Moral of the story is to make sure you get pet insurance with a decent level of vet cover, £1k cover is what most policies for cats give as standard but you really need the more expensive cover £3.5k - £5k cover. I actually told my gf last time it happened to increase the cover / get new policy and she didn't bother to do it.

Does make my sick as at the moment the money could of been used for other things that we need, gf doesn't seem phased but I'm rather annoyed, can't show it / stress her though being 5 months pregnant, hence contractoruk has been my release lol.

Other way to look at it is may be there is a market for reasonable priced vets, setup a chain of them with good advertising and you could probably be on to a winner.

MrMarkyMark
3rd November 2015, 13:12
I left it to gf to sort

First mistake :spank:

Eirikur
3rd November 2015, 13:16
people should stop anthropomorphising animals and just accept the fact that they can die in stead of paying the most ridiculous vet bills, worth more than most people receive on health care per year

meridian
3rd November 2015, 13:19
We had already incurred £600 in fees with the first vet who couldn't remove it...

£600 just to say he couldn't do it? Bring it around to me next time, I'll only charge £500 to say I can't do it, will save you a bit of dosh.

ELBBUBKUNPS
3rd November 2015, 13:31
£600 just to say he couldn't do it? Bring it around to me next time, I'll only charge £500 to say I can't do it, will save you a bit of dosh.

That's what they charged to have a go at removing it so include anesthetic £300 ish and £250 to try and remove and £50 for drugs after.

Yeah agreed, probably should of had the cat put to sleep tbh, this will be the last time we get her treated though and if it does happen she will be put to sleep.

MrMarkyMark
3rd November 2015, 13:32
FTFY


apparently the piece of equipment that was needed to remove it the, lying barstewards, told us only a handful of vets have

psychocandy
3rd November 2015, 14:00
First mistake :spank:

Yep. My wife (of 20 years this year BTW) can not be trusted with anything important. Very good liklihood that she will screw it up.

I've left her to sort out days with childminder last month. She screwed it up and we've ended up paying for days she incorrectly booked.

Her best ever was when she had to visit DVLA in Cardiff to sort out personalised plate or something. Needed my driving licence. My last words - we're going on holidays in a week DO NOT LOSE my driving licence. You can guess. One job to do.

(Luckily, she left it on desk and they posted to us).

vetran
3rd November 2015, 15:12
FTFY

Tweezers?

barrydidit
3rd November 2015, 15:28
Tweezers?

I'd have thought a pipecleaner would have done the trick.

BoredBloke
3rd November 2015, 15:40
people should stop anthropomorphising animals and just accept the fact that they can die in stead of paying the most ridiculous vet bills, worth more than most people receive on health care per year

I don't have that issue. I'm assuming our dog will peg it at roughly 12. At the moment he's about half way there. After that we're going to revert back to a pet free house - meaning no dog smells, no dog hair and no dog eggs hidden in the garden.

MrMarkyMark
3rd November 2015, 15:42
and no dog eggs hidden in the garden.

What are the youngsters going to search for then, over the Easter period :eyes

ELBBUBKUNPS
3rd November 2015, 16:38
I don't have that issue. I'm assuming our dog will peg it at roughly 12. At the moment he's about half way there. After that we're going to revert back to a pet free house - meaning no dog smells, no dog hair and no dog eggs hidden in the garden.

When I first met my gf she had 1 cat and it went missing and never came back (nothing to do with me), I thought 'result' as I never wanted a pet for the reasons you mentioned, a few weeks after the cat had gone I went round her place to find she had got 2 new cats and one had a tendency to pee in the house (cat pee stinks and you cant shift it). In the end they moved into my old place no cat pee incidents but quite a few cat puke ones I become a pro a cat puke removal from carpet. Fast forward 5 years and now in a different place and the pissy cat decides a few weeks ago the dinning room is her new p*ssing place .... only realised when the smell appeared, ripped the whole carpet up in the room in the end but no use it had soaked into the concrete floor below and I can't shift it. I won't be having cats or a dog ever again, should do what the Irish do and keep pets always outside.

d000hg
3rd November 2015, 17:20
You can get special cleaner that will remove cat pee, and discourage them from doing it again. Actually I think the issue is they do it again because they can smell it and think "this is where I pee" even if you can't smell it, so the special cleanser is great.

MicrosoftBob
3rd November 2015, 18:56
You can get special cleaner that will remove cat pee, and discourage them from doing it again. Actually I think the issue is they do it again because they can smell it and think "this is where I pee" even if you can't smell it, so the special cleanser is great.

That works, and get the cat UV light sprays to see where the cat has peed in a room to know exactly where to clean it

AtW
3rd November 2015, 21:18
GF's cat

If you can't do it for the cat, do it for your girlfriend...

ELBBUBKUNPS
3rd November 2015, 21:30
Tried that stuff left it a week or so may be I didn't leave it long enough.

Been reading the detailed bill nearly a page long, it even lists "methadone" on it didn't know they give that to animals, also lists "hot dog warming device" wtf ? The endoscopy is billed at nearly £155 per 15min the cat had 5 x 15mins, anaesthetic billed 3 ways management fee, maintenance and extra maintence per 15mins again she also had to have a catheter during the op. Overall bill looks high but it does look like it was very involved to get the grass blade out and it was a referral only vets.

I need to get the cat a new identity now and look for a new insurance policy lol

MrMarkyMark
4th November 2015, 08:32
Been reading the detailed bill nearly a page long, it even lists "methadone" on it didn't know they give that to animals

So, the cat was completely caned when you picked it up then?

:smokin

BoredBloke
4th November 2015, 08:59
BBC Radio 4 - That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Series 5, Episode 3, A-List Vet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BekzCBs4tgc)

worth a listen