Our Payment Policies and Options
First, a few comments:
Veterinary medicine has become fairly expensive. The irony of
the situation is that what we need to do to make your pet better
often only costs us a relatively small amount in supplies and
The problem, though, is that to be prepared to diagnose and treat the wide range of medical problems we see, we have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and facilities and trained people on site...all of which means that even a small veterinary operation like ours has several thousand of dollars a day in overhead & operating expenses that must be earned or we go out of business.
Despite this overhead problem, we're very efficient and cost conscious, so you will probably be pleasantly impressed with our fees and prices.
There's also no mystery about our prices; we usually tell you what to expect whenever your pet needs treatment, and we're very good about giving you several treatment options from good enough to first rate.
Our fees are listed. In addition, we also list how we treat most medical problems so you can get a good idea of what to expect. If you don't find a discussion on how we usually treat your pet's condition on this site, it's probably on my earlier website about how I treat many different diseases and problems. That site is at www.AnimalPetDoctor.com
As is usual in professional practices, we expect payment before you leave...or if your pet is staying with us...when you take your pet home.
We accept all major credit cards
Your personal check is fine as long as you look and act half-way normal.
Cash, of course, is fine...although, truthfully, it causes a lot of trouble so please avoid. We have a limited amount of change.
We accept TradeBank and Premier, and BarterRewards barter club cards:
(These are barter clubs for small business owners.)
Our past experience with people without credit cards or a checking account has been terrible. To be blunt about it, most American adults who don't have a credit card it's because their credit is no good, and therefore their word is also no good.***
None the less; to prevent animal suffering, we will at least do basic treatment to reduce shock and severe suffering BUT otherwise, if you bring in a pet for treatment but don't have enough money for the bill, you
-must come up with at least $50 toward your bill to take your pet home
-must make monthly payments of at least 10% of your bill or pay a 10% monthly service fee.
-The credit limit is $100
- Bills that seem to be uncollectible after several months will be sold to a collection agency run by my pet loving friend Guido.
The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital 10445 Clemson Blvd Seneca, SC 29678 864-882-4488
Option 1 is to pay your bill.
Cash, credit cards, and personal checks are fine.
New in 2014; pay your bill online through PayPal
We try to spend our time taking care of sick pets.
We're not expensive vets.
Most of our staff people make about $12 an hour and work their tails off keeping things clean and the patients comfortable.
So quit wasting our time trying to collect from all you dead beats with your pathetic little games and lies and cons. Honor your debts.
For those of you in a bind, we have a generous no fees and no interest payment plan as long as you can come up with at least $50-100 to start. See details at your right.
If I don't pay the staff they quit.
If I don't pay the drug companies for their vaccines and medications and bandages they stop sending them to me and I go to jail.
It's a good system.
Get rid of your big screen tv's, your cell phones, your gas guzzling trucks, your 500 channels and all the other stuff you can't afford and take care of your children and pets.
***Pretty blunt huh? Well, yes, I do understand how honorable people can easily get in financial trouble and honorable or not, you have my sympathies and compassion. I simply can't afford not to be a little bit tough on payment policies.
As an aside, it's also been my experience that people who are in financial trouble are also up to their ears in personal, emotional, life style, and relationship problems. Not that I'm likely to be able to help much...but there is help...and as a starting point I recommend attending a church of your choice.
A couple of more comments on this pathetic subject:
I'm always surprised when people tell me their friends and family won't loan them any money, but they seem to think that I will...like I can't figure out how dishonorable their past repayment history must be.
And lastly, I've tried many times in the past to get people without money and with pets needing care to let them work off their bill doing yard work etc...only once has it worked out...most of the time I was lucky if they ever showed up, accomplished much, or didn't steal stuff.
It's very frustrating. Personal credit will be very limited. Many vets have arrangements with credit agencies and loan businesses. I figure you can arrange your own loan.
And for the many irresponsible people out there who seem to think that I should take care of their sick pet for nothing or reduced prices because "I love animals", I don't quite know what to say. Maybe "Grow Up". We have about 20 people on staff. They all love animals. But each and every one of them insists that I pay them each week!
I do love animals. I donate hundreds of hours each year in charity pet care work. I spend tens of thousands of dollars each year keeping our shelter going. And I very much resent it when someone implies that I must not love animals because I won't treat their particular pet without payment. The fact of the matter is that these people are poor excuses for human beings; (yes, I'm generalizing) they get pets and have children without having any means of taking care of them. Their pet is usually in grave trouble because they weren't vaccinated, dewormed, or otherwise taken very good care of, or, the pet is badly injured because it was out running loose. Yes, I have compassion and sympathy for many of these people, but no respect. Bottom line, if you want me to lavish compassionate medical care and treatment to your pet, you need to come up with some money...not excuses.