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Old 07-08-2013, 08:10 AM   #11
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Default Re: Vet Care - how much should I budget?

Area: BC, Canada
Vet Fund : Currently down to 100 (and climbing slowly) but relying on the credit card.
Number of Hamsters: 1 (plus other pets)
Previous Costs: Last month alone, $1000
Small animal Consultation : $100, give or take
Follow up consultation: $50
Consultation plus antibiotics : $150
Consultation plus eye ointments : $120
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: $300 +
PTS : $150
Private cremation with casket: $300 +
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:12 AM   #12
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Area: Wolverhampton, UK
Vet Fund : 85 at the moment but it's normally over 100
Number of Hamsters: 3
Previous Costs: 95 (emergency treatment)
Small animal Consultation : 12.50 (I think, can't remember off the top of my head but it's around that)
Follow up consultation: Free
Consultation plus antibiotics : 17.50 (For my mice, haven't needed to go with the hams)
Nail Trim: 4.80
PTS : 5
Emergency Consult at Emergency Vet: 65 before 1pm, 95 after 1pm
Private cremation with casket: No idea
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:18 AM   #13
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Area: Southampton, UK
Vet Fund : 200 in an online savings account with as good interest as possible. i pay in 5 per month via standing order and mostly keep it for larger or poorly timed vet bills
Number of Hamsters: 30
Previous Costs: I prefer not to think about how much I spend each year at the vet though I have spent 175 I the last 2 months due to several poorly animals. I find it tends to come in phases rather than spread out in a convenient way.
Small animal Consultation : Often discounted as I'm a repeat customer, can be 15 for multiple animals at one time
Follow up consultation: mostly included
Antibiotics : 7
Eye ointments :8
Steroid injection: 10
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: 70
Consultation, antibiotics, spay and follow up: 150
PTS with group cremation (no ashes returned): 21
Post mortem with laboratory tests: 105
Stool sample: 40
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:33 PM   #14
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Default Re: Vet Care - how much should I budget?

I live in two parts of Ontario, so I thought I'd do both as they are quite different

Sudbury Ontario, Canada

Vet fund: $400, my partner and I keep this as a separate account which we add to with our side jobs like dog walking, this is the lowest we keep it at

Number of hamsters: 3

Previous costs: $150 for Toothless, which turned out to be a huge waste, as the vet was not specialized which is not uncommon in Northern Ontario, so keep that in mind when you move somewhere

Small pet consult $75-125 on a weekday, an emergency is at least double

Follow up: 40 dollars

Most medications: 20-60 dollars

PTS: 85 WITHOUT cremation

Oshawa, Ontario (and most of the Greater Toronto Area), Canada

Vet fund is the same

Consultation: $85-140

Previous costs: about 150 dollars for m sister's dwarf, that was 100 dollars for the consult and 50 for medications

The main difference for hamster owners in Southern Ontario is that you will pay more but you will have more ready access to specialized vets.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:17 PM   #15
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Area: Indiana, USA
Vet Fund : $200 at the moment although we need to save more because we have several medically needy hamsters
Number of Hamsters: 13
Previous Costs:
Small animal Consultation : $40 to $70
Follow up consultation: $38
Antibiotics : $8 to $11
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: $150 (this was a luckily easily removed lump generally it would be much more expensive)
Emergency care including observation, oxygen, antibiotics, and xray: $350
Nail Clipping: $9
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:49 PM   #16
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(I've only had 1 hamster that I've taken to the vet and the costs were lower than I expected but here's a summary of what I was billed)

Area: Saskatchewan, Canada

Exam/Consultation: $45 (I wasn't charged for the follow-up)
Anesthesia/Surgical Services: $45
Antibiotics: $10
Steroids: $3
Pain meds: no cost
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:02 PM   #17
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Area: Essex, UK

Consultation: free
Exam: normal business operating hours 10 and out of hours 145!?!? My vet charges for first exam and follow ups are free and you can turn up with your hamster as many times as you need and still don't pay!
Meds: not very expensive as i don't even remember the cost! So I urge anyone having problems take your hamsters to vet and you'd be surprised how cheap it is compared to dog!! Also you can always call before hand and find out how much things are.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:37 AM   #18
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Area: Cardiff, UK

Number of hamsters: 2 (plus other pets too)

Vet fund: I don't current have one but pay vets bills as necessary.

Consultation: Prices have just gone up at both the vets I use and are now 30 and 32 but does cover the cost of some medication if needed.

Teeth trimming: variable. 6.64 with clippers but vet made gerbils mouth bleed so didn't go back to them again. 22 for burring (but the vet kindly did 2 gerbils teeth for the price of one).

Out of hours vet treatment: 79.95 plus cost of medication.

Surgery: I've only had surgery on gerbils but expect the price would be the same for a hamster. Ear tumour removal 145 (June 2012); scent gland removal 100 (December 2012); Skin tumour removal 138 (July 2013). Post op checks are free.

PTS: 36 (2012)

Total vet bill for 2012: 730.47 (treatment of 5 gerbils)
Vet bill so far for 2013: 232.75 (treatment for 2 gerbils)
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:42 AM   #19
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Area: Suffolk, UK
Vet Fund : I dont have one, but know that I have enough left over from wages each month to pay for vets if needed. If no wages, then I have general savings
Number of Hamsters: 3
Previous Costs: 200+
Small animal Consultation : 9
Follow up consultation: 9
Consultation plus antibiotics : 12
Consultation plus eye ointments : u/k
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: around 50
PTS : 12
Private cremation with casket:75

Also, a spay cost 50 when Darcey had a suspected pyometra
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:33 AM   #20
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Thank you BrainGirl -you are not named that for nothing! Yes, I did mean exactly that. Lots of people have very little disposable income and yet don't receive/qualify for benefits. I know you don't need a lecture, but there are a lot of people living below the poverty line in this country who are actually in work!

I have just been to the vet, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital (Royal Veterinary College) near St Pancras/Camden, North London. Consultation fee was 21. However, a single dose of Xeno Mite treatment was 7.51. I don't know if that's a good price.

I was very happy with them.

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