Recently I had to get my dog's teeth taken out. The issue was the whole time, I felt like I was at the mechanics.
Got multiple calls throughout a short period of time, informing me of x, y results and z findings, asking me if I would agree to pursue further urgent investigations.
Except these investigations weren't really urgent, were excessively priced, and ultimately saying no to working up these things didn't end up changing their management or the procedure. The only reason I felt comfortable saying no, was that the explanation from the nurse calling didn't make particular sense to me.
Furthermore, if they were really concerned re: pre-op tests, you also wouldn't do them right before your operation (rather days/weeks before, affording them time to properly investigate and manage it).
Ultimately the only thing I ok'd was taking out more teeth than planned, as the X-ray performed seemed to suggest more teeth needed extractions - again taking their word for it.
I just feel like the practice of calling worried owners while their pet is anesthetised, to organise 'urgent but not really' investigations is almost akin to financial ransom. Equated to a human experience, if a surgeon did that, it would be viewed as unethical.
Is this a common practice?
I would almost be curious as to how many owners leave the vet having paid close to the provided estimate and not $100s to $1000s more.