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Re: What do I know

Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:42 am

regolith wrote:
CKC1586 wrote:http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/lifelong-immunity-vets/

Thoughts?


Skim-read only, so quick thoughts.
Vets like to do an annual check-up. I think that's part of the reason for annual vaccinations - to keep a routine, to maintain checks.
I have more cats than dogs, and have been told by vets that the cat vaccine will safely last two years (from that article it may well be longer, but we're likely vaccinating for different things in this country).
If it will last longer than that I really would appreciate my vet giving me that information, because my cats are not socialised and vet visits greatly stress them. My older cat I decided a while back that she was not going to a vet clinic again regardless; she's long retired and she doesn't need to be terrified for the sake of prolonging her life. She's due her annual now and it would give me great peace of mind if I thought her previous vaccine would cover her for the remainder of her life.

Regolith aren't you able to vaccinate at home? I can order, buy from feed store, or buy from vet, any vaccine that i need for them other than the Rabies. Possibly different laws in your area?
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Re: What do I know

Postby regolith » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:14 am

Different laws, also you run up against clinic policy, they tend to make it difficult for me to get even blackleg vaccine to do the calves; lepto vaccine the farmer simply isn't allowed to handle. I don't know about pets but my dog had to have multiple vet visits last year because a) they couldn't get her records from previous vet to prove she'd had her initial round of vaccines and b) they didn't have all the vaccines in the clinic on the day I arranged for her booster to be done, and didn't know it, so she had to go back in for the lepto a week later.

Doing them myself would actually be a simple solution that would be much less stressful for my 'semi-feral' pet cats.
Doing what Hook did could result in prosecution... according to my local vets. There's not a great deal of common sense applied when deciding what is and isn't legal for animal owners to do.
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Re: What do I know

Postby herofan » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:50 pm

branguscowgirl wrote:
Nesikep wrote:doctors, dentists and vets are all cut from the same cloth!

And what "cloth" is that?
If you are referring to the high prices for their fees, let me tell you what I know. (My brother is a Dentist.
I am a nurse and work with many doctors.)
The cost of insurance, office staff, office space, licenses for the drugs, continuing education, school loans, ect.ect.ect. cause the prices to seen high to us. The cost of treating patients is very high! As I have discussed in a previous thread, many are just trying to stay a float. I do not want to start a discussion about what it costs for them to just keep their doors open, or how much money they loose treating Medi Cal patients, or lack of insurance reimbursement from the crappy insurance plans that some people have. Again, as I have stated before, most that are still in business today are there because they want to take care of people. (Or animals) They are just as frustrated with the mounting cost of health care as we are! I am not saying that there are no bad apples out there, committing insurance fraud and abusing narcotic prescriptions, but far fewer than you think.


I'm sure that;s true, however, I think it is sad that prices have changed so much over the years. My father is 78 and I have heard him talk about how doctor and hospital prices apparently weren't so bad when he was growing up, and even a young adult. He said he couldn't remember exact prices, but he said he does remember it not being a huge deal like it is today. He said that nobody he knew had insurance in those days, but doesn't remember an average family avoiding the doctor or hospital services because of cost.

His father had TB and many other health issues in his life and always paid from his pocket. I don't think any average person could pay all their medical bills in this day and time if they had much going on.

It's the same with mechanic work. I remember when I was a teen, I didn't have much money, but I never hesitated to have my truck worked on if needed, and I just payed from my personal account and thought nothing of it. Today, I have a full-time job and make good money, but i dread every time I have to have mechanic work done because I know it's going to be an arm, leg, and an ear. Today, they can't even sneeze in the direction of an engine unless its several hundred dollars. If they actually have to fix anything, it's ridiculous.
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Re: What do I know

Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:01 pm

I agree hero. The cost of just living is too darn expensive!!
As for medical costs being so much more than in our grandparents day, a high price comes with all the new technology! Ultrasounds, blood tests, sonograms, MRI's ect. All very expensive to purchase and run. But hey, it saves lives. Right?
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Re: What do I know

Postby herofan » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:55 pm

branguscowgirl wrote:I agree hero. The cost of just living is too darn expensive!!
As for medical costs being so much more than in our grandparents day, a high price comes with all the new technology! Ultrasounds, blood tests, sonograms, MRI's ect. All very expensive to purchase and run. But hey, it saves lives. Right?


That's true. I suppose all modern conveniences come with a price. I remember when I was considering building a house several years ago, I mentioned it to my grandmother and about how much it would cost. She said when she was young, they didn't have much money, but they didn't need much money because they didn't have all the bills we have today. She said if I built a house like they built them when she was a girl, it wouldn't cost nearly as much. She said they had no electricity, plumbing, tv bills, or any of that. there was no cost for installation and no monthly bills.

I don't know what one does with a piece of information like that; I'm not going to build a house without those things, but it certainly was food for thought about how things have changed.
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