Hi, sorry to hear your German Shepherd had tick paralysis and hope they are doing OK now.
was sick, I hope she's OK now.
Its a little unusual to ask for a deposit, but some vets certainly do it. It all depends on their past experience: if they have been burnt too many times by people promising to pay then disappearing they may start doing this.
With tick cases and other serious illness where the pet could die in spite of expensive treatment, these factors become more important: Vets definitely want to help your pet, but they don't want clients running up big bills that they really can't afford to pay, so its really important to be sure clients can afford what their pet needs before proceeding.
In my experience there are three vet clinics in Cairns that are good: Southside Vet, Airport Vet and Cairns Vet Clinic. However, your personal experience will really depend on who you deal with when you visit these clinics. I have had good and bad experiences at all three. The main thing to remember is to ask lots of questions during the consult; like if your pet really needs something or if there are any alternatives. Also remember that during consults vets rarely tell you how much each individual test/injection is going to cost as they are delivering it, so don't fell embarrassed to ask. If it is non-urgent try to eliminate as many factors that you can before you go to the vet (e.g. for diarrhea: worm the pet, change its diet to low fat foods like chicken breast and rice, try probiotic powder from the pet store and try dry food with lots of fiber and probiotics before going in). Also monitor your pet before going in so that you can report signs and symptoms, this will cut down the amount of unnecessary testing and associated cost. Make sure you write down your questions before you go to the vet so that you don't forget to ask anything important during the consult. Get quotes from a few different vets if it is a major surgery. If you have a health care card or pensioners card call animal welfare (phone 40514862). Hope this helps :)
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