Dr Sutton’s pricing philosophy has developed over her 27 years in practice Our goal is to provide exceptional medicine at an reasonable price. Clients often call and ask for prices, so we've listed some of the prices below her philosophy.
Practicing medicine is more fun and far more satisfying when clients can afford the medications and procedures we recommend for their pets! We have an amazing staff of high quality employees and the latest veterinary high tech equipment, but we are more economical than many of the vet clinics in the area. Dr Sutton knows—She did relief work in many of the local clinics. We believe our prices are extremely reasonable considering the high level of care we provide. Remember, Dr Sutton, Dr Correa and Dr Moore are all former ER/critical care vet and some of their “Type A” personality traits persist. There are several nonprofit organizations in town that receive millions of dollars in donations each year. We are not one of those clinics but we do strive to be affordable. Our greatest goal is to be THE BEST MEDICINE!
Don't be fooled by the "cottage appearance" of our clinic!! Dr Joi Sutton has a weakness for technology and doesn't suffer outdated equipment. We have top end digital xray and digital dental xray machines. We have the same fancy model Phillips ultrasound unit that 2 of the cardiologists in town use. We have many fluid pumps. We have an oxygen cage. We have a TonoVet and slit lamp. We have end tidal CO machines and most every anesthetic monitoring gadget. (Dr Sutton is very type A about anesthesia.) We have the Cadillac of dental machines. We have a Cutting Edge class 4 therapy laser (the same type that many chiropractors use). We send much of our labwork out to reference labs (to save clients money), but when we have a sick pet we have the same suite of IDEXX laboratory equipment that both the local specialty/ER hospitals have. There may be big hospitals in the area who pay large rent or mortgage, but DR SUTTON OWNS HER BUILDING OUTRIGHT. This gives her the ability to have high end medical equipment and pay her staff well (which has resulted in staff retention and attaining the best nursing team of any general practice in the area). Additionally, her current awesome team of veterinarians are all experienced. Dr Bill Moore has been practicing since 1989. Dr Javiera Correa has been practicing since 2010. Dr Joi has been practicing since 1993. She bought the building in 2013 when it was run down (when the Florida commercial real estate market was still "on sale"), and she transformed it into a lovely hospital with fabulous flow. All those years that she would set up veterinary clinics in 3rd world countries gave her an "eye" for this. She saw what great bones the little 2,200 square feet cottage building had back in 2012. It was a sad little building in need of some serious TLC. Today it is a smooth running medical center but maintains it's cottage charm. Ultimately this means to YOU that you aren't paying for a mortgage. When you bring Fluffy to our hospital, you are paying for our experienced staff, the medications and our state of the art medical equipment. When you understand this bigger financial picture, our beloved hospital building becomes very attractive.
We try to keep charging for hospitalization simple and reasonable. For ill pets requiring hospitalization, we do not nickel and dime and count every injection given. Hospitalization on IV fluids with injections at Tequesta VetClinic typically runs $375 per day. For pets not requiring iv fluids the daily hospitalization (medication/evaluation/nursing care) is $175 per day. If it is 3 injections or 8 injections (such as anti-nausea meds, antibiotics, narcotics, stomach protectants, etc) life is too short to try to keep clients abreast of their mounting daily bill. We don’t charge for each additional bag of fluids each day. If a pet chews out the IV catheter we won’t charge you for another. We will simply replace it and proceed with our day. A few injectable meds are so expensive that they don’t count in this price. If a pet is particularly ill she will encourage clients to take the pet to one of the fine local 24 hour critical care facilities. If they are unable or unwilling, if she keeps a pet overnight and goes back to the hospital to check on the pet during the night, there may be an overnight fee. She chose a clinic location a mile from her home so that she could do this when needed. Blood work, X-rays, and procedures will be discussed with the client before performed as they must be charged for separately from hospitalization.
All pain medications are reasonably priced. All procedures and hospitalized patients on IV fluids will receive local anesthesia as part of the procedure a NO CHARGE. We charge minimally for the injections of anti-inflammatory and narcotic injections (typically $10 per injection) that we give with surgical and dental procedures. We incorporate multi-modal analgesia and local anesthesia into all of our surgical procedures. Dr Sutton is a big proponent of of pain meds, nerve blocks whenever they can be incorporated, anti-inflammatories and multimodal pain control.
Anesthesia: Some hospitals ask clients to choose if labwork or IV catheters or pain meds or anesthetic monitoring machines (ECG, pulse oximetry, end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring, blood pressure monitoring) are authorized for medical procedures. They choose these options when they sign the medical release form. This has always baffled Dr Sutton that some doctors let owners choose if a pet receives pain meds or anesthetic monitoring. At Tequesta Vet Clinic, IT IS A GIVEN that an IV catheter will be in place if pet is anesthetized. IT IS A GIVEN that we will monitor a pet closely while under anesthesia with our monitors. The cost of anesthesia and procedural packages reflect these “safety nets”
ALL PATIENTS UNDERGOING ANESTHESIA RECEIVE AN INJECTION OF CERENIA. THIS MEDICATION DECREASES PERIOPERATIVE NAUSEA THAT CAN OCCUR FROM ANESTHESIA AND PAIN MEDS. WE CHARGE $20 PER PATIENT ANESTHETIZED WHICH IN GENERAL COVERS THE COST OF THIS EXPENSIVE MEDICATION. When we use it for sick pets it is charged at a higher price based on the patient's weight. Since Dr Sutton began giving cerenia prophylactically to ALL anesthetized patients we've seen the incidence of tummy upset drop dramatically. Cerenia also has some analgesic qualities.
Owners of older pets will be required to perform bloodwork before anesthesia, but owners may opt to decline bloodwork for very young healthy pets. For this reason, bloodwork is NOT included in the package price. A junior profile costs less than an extensive senior profile. Post operative pain medications are reasonably priced and also not included in the cost of prodedural packages. Again, we tailor medications to the pet and the pet's size.
All our doctors and vet nurses at Tequesta Vet Clinic use our high quality ultrasound. We have variable skill set, but we use it all day long. In April of 2019 Dr Joi upgraded her "nice" ultrasound to what could be described as the "racecar" of ultrasound units. Dr Sutton bought her first ultrasound in January, 2014. We are clearly not internists nor radiologists, but we can often identify diseases in our practice without having to send you to a specialist. Sometimes we can identify enough to know that we should refer you to a specialist! We typically charge $85 for a focused or Global FAST scans in our clinic. Our in house ultrasound scans may direct us to send you to a specialist for a formal ultrasound, or we may just make the diagnosis ourselves. We use our ultrasound all day long for simple things such as collecting urine to more advanced looks such as during triage of an ill pet. Dr Bill Moore has advanced ultrasound skills and we charge $200 for his ultrasound examinations. (For a client to have an ultrasound by a board certified radiologist or internist they can expect to pay $500 to $700.)
Dentals: We perform a lot of dentals at Tequesta Vet Clinic and pride ourselves on our dental care. We get many new clients specifically because our dentals are affordably priced. If you go to the "Dental" tab at the top of the website you can read about our protocols and prices.
Microchips: FREE for all of our patients. See the home page to understand why Dr Joi gives free microchips to our patients.
Exam fee: $55 for existing patients
Exam fee for NEW patients: $65 (We need to collect and sort through prior information from prior vets, make you a chart, etc)
Brief exam: $45
Surgical recheck: free
Extended examination fee (ie first diabetic, multiple issues for new client exam, etc): $75
Puppy / Kitten progress exams: $30 after an initial $65 consultation. We like to spend extra with the babies and owners on the first visit to set you up for success!
Please know that we only use non-adjuvented vaccines. These vaccines are quite expensive compared to many of the vaccines on the market, but we know that clients are unaware of the quality difference and might "price shop" vaccinations. We don't mark our vaccines up but a smidge to pay out staff to give the vaccinations because we want our beloved patients to get the very safest vaccines on the market. We utilize 3 year vaccination schedules whenever possible and vaccinate based on the lifestyle of the pet. Please read the vaccine tab on this website. We want our clients to be involved in vaccination choices for their pets. We adhere to current vaccination recommendations by AAHA and AAFP. For many vaccines, the duration of immunity in adult pets is up to 3 years. Each year you will receive an email reminder for your annual exam and “evaluation of vaccination status”. Each year we assess a pet’s lifestyle and risk for disease. Clients will be involved in choosing appropriate vaccines. For older pets we are happy to perform vaccination titers for owners.
Rabies $40–Canine, 1 yr or 3 yr
Rabies $40–Feline, 1 yr or rabies 3 yr $55 (non-adjuvented Merial Purevax vaccine)
Canine DHLPP (includes 4 way Lepto) $45
Canine DHPP $35
Canine Lepto 4 way $30
Canine BORDETELLA (oral) $35
Feline FVRCP $35
Feline FELV $40 (This vaccine is the Merial Purevax leukemia vaccine.)
Canine influenza vaccine $40
2 to 4 views: $140, five to 7 views: $155, 8 or more views $175
Blood pressure (systolic pressure checked with Parks ultrasonic doppler unit): $20 for awake pet. Note, all pets under anesthesia have their blood pressure monitored at no charge.
$20-30 for most medications. We charge more for particularly expensive meds such as convenia or cerenia or Cytopoint.
INJECTION MIDAZOLAM and/or BUTORPHANOL $35
MODERATE SEDATIVE WITH REVERSAL $100
GENERAL ANESTHESIA BASED ON TIME OF PROCEDURE AND INCLUDE IN PACKAGE PRICE OF PROCEDURES
Injection costs of narcotics vary. If part of a procedure we usually don't charge for it. If it is an outpatient, we will likely charge for hydromorphone or buprenorphine. We now also carry Simbadol, the only FDA approved narcotic for cats (available since January of 2015). It is buprenorphine that lasts 24 hours! We also carry several sizes of fentanyl patches and those costs vary based on pet size. Whatever the situation, know that we are aggressive about pain control and charge very fairly.
Spays and neuters:
Spay and neuter package prices are based on the pet’s weight. (Larger pets require larger amounts of anesthetics, suture, and disposables than small pet.) Spay and neuter packages include IV catheters and intra-operative IV fluids, anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring, and local anesthesia. Prescriptions that may go home afterwards are not included in the package price. She often sends dogs home with anti-inflammatory and narcotic meds for a couple days post-operatively. Cats typically get onsior and buprenorphine. Blood work on young pets is optional (but encouraged) and not included in these package pricing. An in house chemistry profile (VetScan) is $85 if chosen on the day of, but typically we offer labwork prior to the day of surgery that is more economical (cbc/chem) as labwork sent out is more affordable. Middle-aged and older pets will be strongly advised to have blood work prior to anesthesia. Examinations are required for our patients prior to surgical procedures. Pets will of course be examined the day of the procedure, but Tequesta Vet Clinic requires an exam prior to surgery day to evaluate if there are issues prior to placing a pet under anesthesia, to ensure all vaccines are current prior to hospitalization for the surgery, etc. Rarely will Dr Sutton allow the initial surgery to be the day of the spay or neuter. This is for the pet’s benefit. The prices below are for surgery but you can expect to spend another 3o to 40 bucks or so for injections of analgesia and analgesics to go home. (Perioperative anti-inflammatories and narcotics are charged at an affordable $10 per injection.) Please also click on the SURGERY TAB on this website and THE ANESTHESIA SAFETY NETS TAB on this website for the big picture on surgery and anesthesia at TVC and why you should choose us for your spays and neuters. A spay is not "just a spay".
Dog Spays: < 25 lb: $315, 25-50 lb: $350, 51-75 lb: $385, 76-90 lb: $445, >90 lb $500
Dog Neuters: < 25 lb: $285, 25-50 lb: $315, 51-75 lb: $330, 76-90 lb: $350, >90 lb $400
Cat spay: $270
Cat neuter: $170
AGAIN, ALL PROCEDURES INCLUDE IV CATHETER AND FLUIDS, ANESTHESIA, ANESTHETIC MONITORING, AND LOCAL ANESTHESIA. We try our best to make charging simple with no hidden fees. Blood work and go-home meds and analgesic injections are are not included in the package pricing.
Other surgical procedures:
Surgical procedures such as lacerations and mass removals require an examination so that Dr Sutton can evaluate the situation before the pet presents for surgery. Dr Sutton will provide an estimate when you bring your pet for evaluation.
We strive to offer economical bloodwork and laboratory prices to encourage clients to test their pets! The Antech and Idexx wellness profiles are particularly cost effective. We get outside results typically within 12 to 24 hours. Profiles are provided by Antech Diagnostic Lab or Idexx Laboratory except for the tests run in house. When we need bloodwork answers right away we can run the labwork in-house, but in house diagnostics cost more due to staff time and equipment supplies. Dr Sutton Particularly likes the "junior wellness" and "senior wellness" profiles as they are like getting the annual heartworm test for free! The junior profiles run between $60 and $100 and the senior profiles typically run $150. Some of the senior profiles throw in a free heartworm and tick screen. Some of the senior profiles throw in cardiac enzymes or leukemia and aids tests. We choose the profile that best suits your pet.
In house labs:
$200 for STAT IDEXX in house cbc, chemistry profile, T4, SDMA, Urinalysis--We utilize this large profile when we have an ill pet in the hospital and we need results promptly to guide care. (This profile when sent to an outside lab typically runs $150, but we don't get the results til the following day.)
$85 Vetscan in house blood chemistry (chemistry/electrolytes/hematocrit) for in house pre-op spay or neuter if we haven't already sent labwork out to the outside reference lab (which is more affordable)
$40 fecal floatation by centrifugation AND FECAL ANTIGENS. Fecal antigens are a very sensitive fecal test and handy because some worms may intermittently shed their eggs into the stool. The fecal float is long what we had to identify worms. Fecal Antigens is a newer fancy test for whipworms, hookworms and roundworms.
$50 for fecal floatation by centrifugation AND fecal antigens AND Giardia testing—this is the fecal profile we typically send out for new puppies.
$50 urinalysis (whether sent to lab or done by Dr Sutton), $15 for in house urine culture screen if with a profile. If we obtain the brine via cyst o entries we include an in house backup urine culture biplate at no charge. If bacteria grow we can later submit this culture media to Antech lab for a fee.
$50 felv/fiv test
$50 heartworm test (heartworm, ehrlichia, anaplasma, lyme)--Note: We discount the 4dx test to $30 when a client allows us to run a junior profile as we strongly encourage early diagnosis of disease.