At Shoal Creek Animal Hospital, we know that affordability for surgical and dental procedures is important. We try to make our estimates as cost-effective as possible, but we will not sacrifice the safety of our patients just to bring down the price.
Procedures requiring anesthesia, be it surgery or a dental prophylaxis, are performed regularly in most veterinary hospitals; but just because they are done often does not mean they should be considered routine (including spays and neuters). Any anesthetic procedure has a level of inherent risk, and minimizing those risks is important for the health and safety of your pet. After all, many people know someone who lost a pet during a “routine” dental cleaning, and these deaths are frequently caused by preventable problems.
Differences in costs between veterinary hospitals often come down to differences in what is “standard practice” for that hospital. Cost differences that may be involved include:
When price-shopping for the least expensive quote, the lower cost can mean cutting corners on the quality, comfort and most importantly, safety of your pet.
At Shoal Creek Animal Hospital, we require the following for all of our patients prior to undergoing anesthesia.
While the above protocols and procedures are not absolutely necessary for anesthesia and surgery, they greatly help to reduce death from anesthesia, alleviate pain and suffering, and prevent complications. While some veterinary hospitals may regard them as “extras”, Shoal Creek Animal Hospital strives to provide the best and safest care possible to you and your pets.
A technician will review your pets’ estimate with you prior to the procedure. If you have additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 816-476-4046.
For dental and surgical procedures, a deposit for 50% of the total estimate is due at the time of drop-off; the remaining balance is due at the time of discharge. While we do not offer payment plans through the hospital, we do accept Care Credit in addition to traditional forms of payment. Care Credit is a medical credit card- you can apply in our office or at home. Once approved, you can select a 6-month payment plan with no interest; longer payment plans are available but an interest rate will be applied.