Deposit for services – really?

We arrive at the vet and the guy comes out with a gurney. We scooped Bodhi up in the blanket. I climbed through the car carrying my end…thinking again, “why, why such a big dog?” We got him on to the gurney and away he went. Is it wrong to admit that as the guy pulled up the sides I thought about taking a picture? I’m sorry, but he really looked cute! Sad, but cute. They whisked him to the back and put him in a cold pack and started IV fluids.

After they whisked him away on the gurney the desk clerk came out and asked me to put a deposit down on his care. $1200. I told him I would be happy to write a check…but that it would bounce if they tried to cash it. He said, “Let me see if we can do something about that.” He came back 5 minutes later saying, “Ok, we have eliminated all the non essential services and we are down to $670.”

Really? I mean, really? Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate them doing that for me. And I recognize that by electing to not have all the things on that first sheet done, I may have hurt my dog. And he is REALLY important to me. I take pretty good care of him and all of that. It’s just that I don’t have any credit right now and really no cash available in the bank. So I have plenty of guilt already about this trip to the ER vet.

I do still have enough emotion left over, though, to be kind of pissy about the fact that here I was, distraught over my dogs health and they present me with an estimate – nearly half of which they consider non essential? That bugs me, I ain’t even gonna lie about it.


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