On Saturday we were offered a place in an animal hospital in Vancouver. Without doing any diagnostic or clinical work, we were advised (they seem to think that because we have pet insurance we can afford to shell out any amount of money before claiming it back) that for a weekend stay we would be charged between $4K and $5K!!! That kind of money takes your breath away and I cannot imagine what actually costs the facility even half of that. amount for a dog to lie in a cage.
Everything seems to be ridiculously expensive, from drugs to x-rays to special low protein canned food (which smells, suspiciously, EXACTLY the same as the cheap stuff my parents used to feed to our old mutt back in the day). Personally I cannot reconcile the ludicrously inflated costs with a supposedly ethical industry - we are, in my opinion, being gouged at a time when we feel vulnerable and pressured. No wonder so many people have to make the horrible decision to end their pet's life based upon economics.
The great news is that over the last 24 hours our little guy has perked up significantly - he has finally begun to eat in reasonable amounts, although still nowhere near to normal. Fingers crossed that all the drugs and care is getting him back on the road to recovery.