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Senior citizen over-charged for euthanizing cat.

Q:

I'm writing on behalf of an elderly woman living in a subsidized seniors residence. She was charged over $600 to euthanize her cat. I was shocked when she told me and I'd like to know if anything can be done. Can she contact someone to get $ back for being overcharged?

A:

It is unclear if other services were also performed prior to the cat being euthanized (to treat an illness or injury) and after (cremation, for example). Contacting the service provider (which I assume was a veterinarian) to question the charge would be reasonable. U.S. Veterinary licensing agencies tend not to get involved in fee disputes. However, private veterinary associations sometimes try to help resolve such disputes.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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