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Veterinary Clinics That Bill
updated: Feb 19, 2013, 10:15 AM

My elderly dog needs many teeth extracted and am looking at a vet bill of around $1200.00 I am a college student and have zero credit cards. I do not qualify for a carecredit account. In short, are there any veterinary clinics that bill you ? I would gladly drive further than Ventura or San Luis Obispo if its a good fit.

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Dr. RuggRolling Pet Vet

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 COMMENT 376102 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:28 AM

Check out Noah's Ark on Fairview. I'm not sure about "billing you" but they can help people who have trouble paying the whole bill. Not sure all the details, I just saw a flyer while I was there.


 COMMENT 376109P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:37 AM

Check with La Conception Animal Hospital on Hollister Ave. across from the big box center. Explain your situation and ask them if they Arrange to do a payment plan for you.


 COMMENT 376114 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 10:44 AM

check to see if Cal Poly-SLO has Veterinary Classes and perhaps you can have your pooch get teeth extracted pro bono as a class project or training exercise for Vet-in-waiting.
worth a try anyway.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:03 AM

My vet just informed me they no longer take payments even though I always paid they say they care but they don't they are just full of manure like everyone else..


 COMMENT 376136 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:32 AM

Goleta Valley Vet has taken payments in the past, and even let people do some receptionist work to pay off the bill. Dr. Ruggs will try to help you as much as she can and still keep her business viable.

This is pretty whacky, but I know people from Ventura County that go to Tijuana to the dentist because they can't afford US dentistry. I wonder if there are reputable vets in Mexico that would do the work for much less? There might be some paperwork hassles transporting the dog back and forth across the border, however.


 COMMENT 376144 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 11:42 AM

That is a great idea to ask about vets in training. Please let us all know if you have any success with that. Pet care fees for anything other than spay/neuter or vaccines (if you shop around wisely) are extremely expensive in Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 376164 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:06 PM

Dr. Rugg is FANTASTIC! She saved our bunny's life!


 COMMENT 376171 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:22 PM

Try calling SB Humane Society or County Shelter for a referral, there is a low/no-cost mobile vet group in town, but I can't find their info.


 COMMENT 376172P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:26 PM

It's tough. People sometimes get on vets for their costs and billing practices, but keep in mind they have huge student loans, staff, buildings to rent or pay off, and ancillary expenses (labs, equipment upgrades, CEUs, etc.)
I am not a vet, and I am not apologizing for the ones who charge outrageously, but compared to many other professionals, their rates to take care of our beloved pets are still pretty decent on average.


 COMMENT 376175P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:36 PM

I'm almost certain the painful answer is No. Humane Society and shelter can only refer to low-cost spay and neuter surgery; there is no low cost vet care. I know from experience.


 COMMENT 376182P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 12:48 PM

I think the vet-in-training idea is worth pursuing. I know it's not the same thing, but back in the 1970s I had the engine of my car rebuilt cheaply at L.A. Trade Tech.


 COMMENT 376191 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:06 PM

Noah's Ark is legendary for ordering expensive and unnecessary tests. Go anywhere else!


 COMMENT 376200 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:28 PM

wow, 146... should we put you down when your teeth go bad too? sheesh!


 COMMENT 376201 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 01:29 PM

Try for a better price at Your Pals, Dr. Bonnie Franklin in Summerland. 695-8387 They are wonderful and the best price in town for exceptional care and dentistry. We have 3 mini dachshunds whose teeth start getting dirty 3 months after cleaning, just the breed. We've had many so no experts' comments please. These people REALLY care and are wonderful people, the entire staff.


 COMMENT 376226 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:08 PM

The idea of the Veterinary School is great. Try Santa Barbara Pet Hospital, they are running a Pet Dental Month.


 COMMENT 376242 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 02:48 PM

201, just to clarify, is someone tells you a breed of dog is prone to tooth decay after three months, steer clear of them as a vet. Yes, it's true some breeds are more prone to tooth issues than others, but that is over the long term or covers congenital issues. NO breed is prone to that kind of tartar buildup in just 90 days.

It's the food you're feeding the dogs and someone telling you it's just the breed is counting on you to come back over and over rather than help you understand the nature of the problem and make changes that are healthier for the dog.


 COMMENT 376259 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 03:13 PM

McDonald Animal Hospital on Milpas. When my dog needed a tooth extracted, they did a full cleaning, which was on special for $299 at the time, and that included all the tests, but not the antibiotics and pain meds. Then they just charged me an extra $25 for the extraction (they charge per extraction) and I was out of there for less than $400.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 04:33 PM

McDonald Animal Hospital on Milpas no longer takes payments. So if you want anything done it's cash up front.


 COMMENT 376299 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 04:43 PM

Please google Care4Paws. They are the local non profit that started the low cost/no cost vet mobile. They are wonderful and I am certain they can help you out.


 COMMENT 376440P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 12:50 AM

And with your next dog, how about brushing its teeth periodically and feeding it higher quality food?

"Pay at the plate or pay at the vet," as one friend quoted to me recently.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:22 AM

Vets, doctors, etc, want money upfront now because so many people don't pay their bills. If you're stung enough times it has to become a cash business to survive. Good luck getting the teeth cared for, a couple good suggestions here.


 COMMENT 376518P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:43 AM

CAL POLY is an undergrad school where pre-Vet Science students take their science & undergrad courses, then go on To UC Davis or other university for specific veterinary training and the Vet degree.

If you are going to do the surgery in stages, you should only be billed for services rendered, not in advance.

You might contact some of the animal advocacy groups up in SLO Co for info on help with bills. (Not quite as ritzy as SB but on it's way). Don't know of any that do but it's worth a try. Betty O'Connor has always been an old-school type of vet with a good rep. Nipomo Dog & Cat Hosp vets are beloved but are $-up-front folks. Is there an animal care column in the SB papers? Contact the columnist with info & photo of your pet and try to raise some dough that way?

here's some other ideas from Humane Society's website:
Have a yard sale. One's man's trash is another man's treasure.
If your birthday or a holiday is near, ask for cash in lieu of a present.
Sell things on an online auction site such as eBay.
Consider getting a second or part-time job or working for a temp agency.
Ask your employer for a salary advance.

...and how about one of those fundraising websites?

from: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html


 COMMENT 376522 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:46 AM

I posted on the 'Pet Tales' FB page (slo newspaper column) so check there to see if anyone has a positive reply. Good Luck to you two!


 COMMENT 376552 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:29 AM

Care4Paws has a mobile neuter/spay mobile van but don't do other vet care out of it. There are mobile vets in town but I don't think they have the resources to do operations in their vans.
A second opinion in this case might be helpful, and SB Pet Hospital has always been good to my pets. Not cheap though.


 COMMENT 376554 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:30 AM

The best tartar prevention biscuit out there is the one I mention in my book "Feeding Fido and Fluffy Too". It is called TD biscuit and is sold by veterinarians. Then add a bit of apple cider vinegar to the drinking water to acidify it and you have a great tooth protection program going.


 COMMENT 376557 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:32 AM

Your dog needs care. Call every vet in town until someone agrees to see you. The infection can cause your dog his site, hearing or even life! It's your responsibility, call around, someone will help!


 COMMENT 376572 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 10:58 AM

Call Rolling Pet Vet, they are having a a disounted dental month for February. 805-350-1399 Julie and Christine are awesome and love their work.


 COMMENT 376761 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 04:10 PM

When all else fails put it on a credit card and pay it off in payments.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 06:14 PM

The OP sounds like a really good person - willing to drive all over to find care and try everything. I like the uggetions of Care4Paws and the vets who are running special dental care months
Edhatters are, as always, wonderful with their suggestions.


 COMMENT 376839 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 06:39 PM

Google Care Credit. com. It's an option which is accepted by many vet clinics for their clients to make payements for vet care.

There can be risks for older dogs to undergo surgery, so don't try to go so cheap that you put your dog at risk.

forgetabout care4paws, their marketing says they offer vet care assistance to pet owners but they don't.

Going out of Santa Barbara can save you money. Vet clinics in smaller towns in rural areas can give just as high quality care but for less costs. Dog and Cat Clinic in Nipomo for example, great service and very reasonable costs.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 01:45 PM

I was paying my bill Flicka..My poor cat, I have no where to take him now..Greg McDonald was a good doctor too bad he sold out to big business..



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