I took my mini poodle to the vet this morning because he's got a large lump on his side with a perfect tiny round hole in it. It's gotten larger over the last 2 days and obviously is painful so I made the appointment. It seemed to me that it needed to be cut open, cleaned and drained. The vet confirmed what I thought - called it a grub hole. Insect stings the animal, deposits it's eggs and leaves a hole so the larve can exit. Pretty disgusting and I didn't even think we had those in this area! Anyway, I had to leave him there to go under general anesthesia and have that cut and cleaned. They are going to charge me $315 for that!!!! I am so sick of the outrageous prices anymore that I've decided not to keep any more animals. I don't mind paying for a service, but in the 25 years I've been going to the vet, the last 7 have been crazy. He used to be a real old fashioned "farm vet". He has some new young partners that came in and the prices tripled. For example, I can no longer get a good teeth cleaning. Now, it's a day in clinic with anesthesia, scraping and pulling. THEN they file down the jaw bone so the tooth is smooth under the gums! That's what MY dentist surgeon did to ME - not a dog! A cleaning now is in the $275 range - just for starters. My friend paid $425 because they had to pull a few teeth! Another neighbor just paid $250 for the yearly check up and shots!!! If I call for something I'm always told "You need to bring them in for the Dr. to see them." Even if I just had the dog there a couple of months before. Then they slap you with a $65 office visit! My family doctor charges $45 for an office visit. I've had dogs my whole life and can't imagine living without one, but I've just about had it with this new breed of vets anymore. Is it this bad in other parts of the country? Am I just being cheap? I can afford it, but everytime I go I just feel like I got ripped off!