Originally Posted by jennyranson
I hate to say it again but it is up to us in the long run to ensure we can pay for all our kitties' needs. Vets sadly are not charities and they must be sure they will be paid for their services. Most small animal owners need vets on an ad hoc basis, not like farmers and horse owners who need shots, dewormers etc on a regular monthly basis and are not going to suddenly move away. You would hope most vets could set up accounts with old and trusted customers, but every cat owner should try and be prepared for the worst, either through insurance (though I have found that to be very expensive) or by having a special savings account into which we put a regular sum each month. Most people simply do not budget for vet bills the way they budget for electricity, food, rent etc.
I agree. I did not want to sound harsh by saying that, but if we aren't prepared for vet bills, perhaps we are not in a position to afford having a pet. I'd love to have a horse, but I know I couldn't afford it so I don't have one.
Vets have a right to be paid for their goods and services the same as a grocery store, a hairdresser, etc., etc. They have every right to expect to be paid for their services when the service is rendered.
Our daughter has pet insurance for Mika, but she still has to pay our vet up front and get the money back from the insurance company. Many dentists also get paid up front and expect us to collect from our insurance companies.
I also know that as a long-time client of our vet that if we were in a spot financially she would work things out with us - but the onus really isn't on her to provide medical necessities for MY animal. The responsibility lies with me, the pet owner, to cover the costs of the needs of my animal.