Veterinary Consultations – How Long is as important as How much

Dear Doctor. How long much of your time am I paying for?

I don’t know about you but when I call up someone for a price for a particular service, I think in terms of hourly rate or cost per time. That’s the only way I can really compare the cost of one provider with another. Just asking for a price without knowing how much of that person’s time I’m buying just doesn’t make sense.

Yet, we get dozens of enquiries about consultation prices – over the phone and via email and not one person has ever thought to ask how long the actual consultation is.

Maybe you all assume that all consultation lengths are the same everywhere but that’s not true at all. Just like you’ll find variations in consultation fees between clinics, you’ll also find some clinics offer longer consultation times than others.

We suggest if you’re after value for money you ask both the fee as well as the time you get to spend in discussion with the vet because there’s big difference between paying $55 for 15 minutes of a vets time vs $55 for 20 minutes of their time.

Plus when you consider the purpose of the consultation, five minutes can really matter!

More than one pet?

Multi – Pet consultations also vary in both price and time so make sure are fully aware of both before you compare one clinic’s fees with another.

If Price doesn’t matter

Stay with the vet you know and trust because that of course is priceless!

Why a Yearly “Wellness Exam” is Important for Your Pet

Why Take Your Pet to the Vet When there’s nothing wrong?

Or is there……..

Having your pet checked by your vet on a regular basis is so ignored by so many but here’s why it’s actually important.

First of all – animals can’t communicate that they’re feeling unwell as easily as we can. Signs of pain, discomfort and nausea are easily overlooked for two reasons.

  1. Animals instinctively try very hard to “cover up” any signs of weakness for fear of rejection or alienation by their “pack.” i.e – you and your family. This means your pet could be sick – even very sick and you may not know it.
  2. Animals can’t communicate that they’re in pain or unwell. It’s not like they can say to you ” Mum – my back really hurts” or “I feel like throwing up” or ” My tooth is killing me” so it’s up to you to watch out for those “I’m not feeling well” signs on a regular basis. But considering our own busy and often stressful lifestyle – How can you possibly keep an eye on everything all the time!

The answer is – you often can’t. That’s why taking your pets to your vet for a “once a year” nose to tail exam is really important

Your vet has the expertise to see and feel for those subtle signs of ill health. Plus he or she. will ask you very specific questions about your pet’s recent activities which might signal that all is not as well as you might think.

This consultation provides valuable one on one “pet only” time which forces you to stop and think about things you probably hadn’t noticed until someone jogs your memory.

Your vet sees what you can’t

You may not think some behaviours signal the onset of a disease or cause your pet pain but your vet does.

Client: “My dog is limping but he’s not in pain”.

Not true. The reason your dog is limping is because he’s shifting his weight onto his non painful leg because the other one hurts when he puts it down.

Client: “The lump’s been there for a while but it doesn’t bother him.”

It may not bother your dog but do you know it’s not malignant and spreading cancerous cells to other parts of his body?

Let’s take a biopsy and find out.

Client: “She doesn’t jump on the couch any more because she’s getting old.”

Maybe your cat / dog is too sore to jump onto the couch. Could she have arthritis?

Client: “He takes forever to eat his food lately. I think he’s just fussy.”

Could he have a toothache? Is he felling sick or nauseous? A change in eating habits is a common telltale sign that something’s wrong.

A wellness exam brings these commonly dismissed signs of developing illness and pain to your attention so that they can be acted on quickly before they become serious or even life threatening for your pet.

Please trust us when we say – we have more clients regretting they didn’t act sooner when they suspected something wasn’t quite right.