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the Cost of Emergency Veterinarian Care

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$ 185
Jun 2007
Tucson, AZ
Stitches and antibiotics  more... close row
$ 1000
Aug 2007
Gainesville, GA
Expensive treatment that didn't fix the problem  more... close row
$ 55
Feb 2008
Herkimer New York 13357
Adult Male Cat
Antibiotics after a cat fight  more... close row
$ 1500
May 2007
Thousand Oaks, California
Removal of cactus quills from dog  more... close row
$ 35
Apr 2007
Elizabeth City, NC
Treating cat for dehydration  more... close row
$ 500
Aug 2007
Fort Bragg, CA
domestic shorthair cat
Emergency Care for a Cat with a Urinary Infection  more... close row

Description of service

My cat received emergency after hours vet care for a critical urinary tract condition.

The price above reflects two visits; one cost $300, and one cost $200, including prescribed medications.

Review of Service

I was actually less than satisfied with my service. Emergency vet care can be tough in rural areas, since it relies on working vets being on call after hours. My cat actually had to be seen twice, once in the middle of the night and once on a Sunday, when no vet was open.

When he had to see the vet in the middle of the night, she wasn't terribly friendly, which is understandable since she had to wake up in the middle of the night, but it added to my stress. The vet didn't clearly answer my questions and I left feeling slightly confused and significantly poorer. She was also not my regular vet, as he was not on call that night, and that was rather upsetting.

The $300 charge reflected a pain relief shot and compensation for the vet having to get out of bed.

When I saw the vet on a Sunday, things went much better, I think because she already at the clinic seeing another emergency case. She prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication and was much more friendly and helpful.

In both cases, she sent incident reports to my regular vet; if you do receive emergency vet care, make sure to get copies of your pet's intake record and notes to show your regular vet.


Emergency vet care is stressful by nature because it's an emergency. If you have pets, you should find out whether or not there is an emergency clinic in your area, so that you can be prepared when situations like this arise. If you don't have an emergency clinic, ask your vet about what you should do in case of emergency.

Remember that even if it seems frivolous, it is really important to get immediate medical care for some conditions. If you have to disturb an on-call vet for emergency care, be prepared to have clear, concise answers to questions like "When did your pet last eat/drink," as they will help the vet decide how serious the problem is.

$ 1500
Apr 2008
Miami, FL
Emergency surgery and treatment for infection  more... close row
$ 430
Mar 2008
Winsotn Salem
Emergency care for diabetic cat  more... close row
$ 140
Mar 2008
San Diego, CA
Last minute care and diagnosis  more... close row
$ 397
Mar 2008
Lady Lake, florida
English Bulldog
Removal of polyp on male dog  more... close row
$ 550
Apr 2007
Mount Pleasant,MI
Urinary tract blockage in cat  more... close row
$ 1000
Oct 2008
Pin in broken leg and neutering  more... close row