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#1 10 years ago

Last night, my degu died. A degu is a Peruvian mountain rodent sort of like a gerbil but smarter and faster and is supposed to be related to a chinchilla. I walked into my room and found her lying still in her cage. I thought that something seemed wrong and I opened the cage and poked her. She just rolled back to the last position she was in. I thought she was dead then, but I noticed that she was occasionally moving her legs and gasping. I made a tough decision and took her to the vets to put her to sleep so that she didn't suffer. She had a good life (she was eight when most in captivity only live for four to six years) and, although it hurt me deeply, it was time to let her go. I wanted her to have some general anaethetic so that she died peacefully. When I got to the vets, the vet thought that she had some sort of tumour. But afterwards, they charged me fifty-one pounds for being two minutes out of hours. I understand that the drugs would cost a bit, but how much could they cost for a creature the size of my hand? How can they charge me so much for watching my beloved pet die in my hands?




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#2 10 years ago

£51 for a gerbil!!! Thats outrageous. Tell him he can have your firstborn.




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#3 10 years ago

Can't. My mum already paid. Plus, I want my kids.




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#4 10 years ago

The doctor and staff have probably seen so many similar cases they have become desensitized to it. Or they were just asses.

My condolences on the loss of your pet. When I had to put my dog Buddy to sleep after 15 years it was very hard but it was the best thing to do.

He had some sort of seizure at home and was crying out and then went totally still with his eyes open. I thought he was dead so I took him to the vet to have him cremated and opened the back of the car and he sat up.

I thought he might be OK but the vet said he had had a heart attack and a seizure and was slowly and painfully dying so I put him to sleep. I still have his collar and ashes.




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#5 10 years ago

Sorry to hear of your loss, it is a tough thing to go through but it comes eventually. He charged you so much because a Vet is still a doctor who still needs to get paid by the end of the day and his office is still a business. The drugs are not that expensive it is the cost of labor and his time that is expensive.




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#6 10 years ago

" I still have his collar and ashes." me too, my "Lucky dog" it is hard and I still miss my Lucky Puppy. As for charges, they probably have a set rate for such things, unlike Human diagnosis. Let it go, move on.




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#7 10 years ago

As Quetron said, chances are that they have set rates for various things. Like most other places, (particularly if it's medical) they probably have to log and justify the things they do. That means that if they don't charge you what they're supposed to they'll come under some kind of scrutiny about it, and as harsh as it may seem to you "The poor little Degu was suffering/dying in his hand" isn't much of a justification considering that it probably happens there every day.

Besides, they didn't charge you £51 to watch your pet die. They charged you £51 so that your pet didn't suffer as badly. When you think about it that way it was worth it.




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#8 10 years ago
thejadefalcon;4217829But afterwards, they charged me fifty-one pounds for being two minutes out of hours. I understand that the drugs would cost a bit, but how much could they cost for a creature the size of my hand? How can they charge me so much for watching my beloved pet die in my hands?

You're paying for the vet's time, the medical school that vet went to, the vet's family to eat if they have one, the drugs, the building the vet works in, the legal fees that allow him to practice and so on. Everyone has to make a living. They could probably make it a bit cheaper if they wanted to but at the same time they've put a lot of work into getting where they are and there's no reason they shouldn't leverage that to provide a nice life for themselves.




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#9 10 years ago

Get this, when I had my dog creamated we had an option 90$ more that only he would be creamated in the furnace. Otherwise I assume they take several animals all at once and just give you some ashes, I got the 90$ thing because it seems pretty stupid to have ashes that are not of the pet you had, geeez. If that was the case I probably could have just burried him instead.




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#10 10 years ago

Where I live it is illegal to bury dead animals in private property, i.e My back yard. The best way to get around that is to plant a tree where it was buried so no one will know. :). These days people actually spend up to $300 on an animal funeral.




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