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Old 07-08-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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Default Vet Care - how much should I budget?

When getting a new pet it is important you look to the future with regards to funding any vet care your hamster (or indeed any animal) might need.
Even though you may feel confident that you can afford vet care now things can chance in the future and you may not be able to afford if when you actually need it.
Few insurance companies will insure hamsters so to make provision you should set up a Vet Fund which you must be strict with and not dip into for other purposes. Remember the more hamsters and other animals you take on the more likely you are to have one or more become ill, thus the higher you vet care costs.
If you know you cannot afford to set money aside and will not be able to afford vet care in the future then you should think again and not get a pet until you are in a position to afford the vet care.
If your circumstances change and you are in an unexpected crisis with regards to having funds then there are some charities which offer vet care such as PDSA, RSPCA and Blue Cross and you should find out if you qualify. Some vets also offer payment plans.
Remember that vet costs vary hugely in different parts of the world and from area to area. It is wise to seek out a vet with hamster experience and check out their costs, including emergency call out fees before you get your pet and budget accordingly.
In this thread members can offer their advice on a reasonable vet fund in their area / country and the cost of treatments they may have had. Please do not name specific vets in this thread. People can PM you for a recommendation if they wish.

I will start so if everyone can follow the same protocol it will keep things easier to reference to. Please avoid chit chat and use this thread for your details which may be of help to other members regarding how much they should budget. Please add any procedures or treatments you may have had and their costs.

Area: Yorkshire, UK
Vet Fund : 200 although this would be topped up if necessary
Number of Hamsters: 4
Previous Costs:
Small animal Consultation : 11
Follow up consultation: 8
Consultation plus antibiotics : 18
Consultation plus eye ointments : 21
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: 50
PTS : 9
Private cremation with casket: 70 +

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Area: devon, UK
Vet Fund : 50 although this would be topped up if necessary
Number of Hamsters: 3
Previous Costs:
Small animal Consultation : free most the time
Follow up consultation: depends on what needs to be done, but never over 15
Consultation plus antibiotics : 10
Consultation plus eye ointments : 15
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA: ?
PTS : ?
Private cremation with casket: 75 +

however can I also say It may be more expensive, I just used to volunteer there so I get money off
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:42 AM   #3
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Area: Birmingham, UK
Vet Fund : 150
Number of Hamsters: 1 (but other pets)
Previous Costs: Dare to think!
Small animal Consultation : 27
Follow up consultation: 23
Consultation plus antibiotics : 35
Consultation plus eye ointments :
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA:
PTS : 25
Private cremation with casket: 60 +
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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I think RSPCA, PDSA, Blue Cross may only offer treatment to people in receipt of benefits?

Hopefully I am wrong.

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:57 AM   #5
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Area: Cheshire, UK
Vet fund: Currently topped up as needed.
Number of Hamsters: 3 Robos
Previous costs:
Out of hours consult + antibiotics 54
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Vet Care - how much should I budget?

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I think RSPCA, PDSA, Blue Cross may only offer treatment to people in receipt of benefits?

Hopefully I am wrong.

Tracy
Why do you hope you are wrong?
My Jack russel terrier when I was 15 needed vet treatment, my step father had just left us, and my mum had lost her job so we had no money, so I used the PDSA who were brilliant, and luckily the lump my dog had wasn't cancer, but he did need a few teeth removing. Situations can change, you can have a pet like we did (Scampi my Jack Russell) that went to the normal full fee paying vet, when we were a full family with wages coming in to the situation we were onwere my mum was left on her own we me,my younger sister and Scampi, we did have to rehome the puppy my step father had bought a few weeks before he left as we knew we couldn't afford to offer her all her needs at that time, this broke my mothers heart.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:16 AM   #7
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Default Re: Vet Care - how much should I budget?

Area: Bolton, UK
Vet Fund : 20 Currently being topped up weekly as i've recently had to spend money on vet bills.
Number of Hamsters: 6
Previous Costs: 85
Small animal Consultation : 20.95
Follow up consultation: Free
Consultation plus antibiotics : 25.95
Consultation plus eye ointments :
Consultation followed by Lump removal under GA:
PTS : 21
Private cremation with casket: 65 +
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:42 AM   #8
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Why do you hope you are wrong?
As I read it, I think Tracy meant that she hopes that people receiving benefits are not the only ones eligible for vet bill help
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:04 AM   #9
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Area: Hampshire UK
Vet fund: 200
Number of hamsters: Varies, usually between 6 and ten plus litters.
Previous costs:

Small animal consultation 9
Same with baytril/metacam 13
Syrian Castration under GA plus follow up 80
Robo Lump removal under GA plus follow up 60
Emergency out of hours robo pouch removal 120
PTS 9
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #10
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As I read it, I think Tracy meant that she hopes that people receiving benefits are not the only ones eligible for vet bill help
You are only eligible for PDSA help if you recieve council tax benefit or housing benefit.
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