I had to take my orange tabby to the vet because he has been having a watery eye discharge for the past month or more and then the other day he sneezed a couple of times and then when we were playing with him with a feather on a long plastic stick where he jumps for it, he started to pant where his mouth opened so all of this concerned me and I took him to the vet today. I called around 4:30 p.m. They said they were able to take my cat tonight before they closed at 7:00 p.m. I wasn't ready to go at that time but called 30 minutes later and said I could come in now was the schedule still open and a lady answered and she acted sort of like there wasn't time anymore and she put me on hold and talked to someone and said that I could come in. This did not make me feel comfortable because I was worried that maybe they didn't have the time to see my cat and in that case I could see the doctor at a time they were not that busy but she was acting mysterious I decided to take my chances and get this appt. done. It took a while to see the doctor and the nurse seemed to not know anything. When the vet came in he was from India and he barely spoke good English so it was hard for me to understaqnd him. I told him the symptoms. I thought maybe they would have to test him to see what the problem was. He said it was one of 4 herpe viruses. I asked if he would have to live with this herpe virus for the rest of his life, he said no that with the antibiotic it could hopefully take care of the problem. He gave me an eye cream antibiotic, I think that cost 27.00 or 35.00 the liquid antibiotic, a really small plastic bottle you refrigerate cost 35.00 or 27.00 and the ear cleaning solution you use once a week cost 13.00 or something, total bill 76.00. I thought this was really high for medication. Do you think these costs for the medicine are reasonable? How can you tell if a vet is being reasonable or truthful about the cost of the medicine. The vet office has been around since 1955. I wanted to go to another place that is really good because they have helped really injured pets for free and they seem like a really caring vet office but they charge 55.00 for a vet examination and this place charges 44.00 and I thought who knows how much the medication would cost at the more expensive place but I really wanted to go there. The place I went to is fine I just didn't like certain things like the cost of the medicine and the fact that they really did not explain things that well and the lady who helped me with the medication kept leaving for what seemed like 10 minutes everytime I asked her a question like how much it cost, how do you put on when they said they would have a print out with everything on it before I would make a purchase but they did not do that. What are your experiences with the vet. Is this reasonable? Should I expect different treatment, how much does your medication cost for this? Thank you for your help. I just want to know this so that the next time I go to the vet I am more prepared. This is my first experience having to go to a vet for a medical problem. I got my cats vaccinations through a mobile type of vet vaccination clinic that does it in front of a pet store. Thank you for your help.
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