My experience totally refutes Sunshine's. First, I am also on a very limited budget and I've been getting "vaccinations only" for two or three 50 lb. dogs for several years now, in CA and NC and now FL. $200 for your office exam plus shots for two dogs is actually pretty cheap. I've typically paid around $240 at other vets. And she was going to get flea pills too?!?! Wow, that IS CHEAP!
My animals don't see vets regularly, now that I can buy all vaccines but rabies and administer myself, they only see the vet for emergency care. Personally I don't care if the people are nice and caring or not. I only care about the level of critical care and medical expertise I get. Caring Hands folks were excellent medical providers, extremely knowledgeable. And they were also nice and friendly.
I brought my very sick cat in to Caring Hands yesterday because they are a hospital, not just a doctor's office for pets. I had suspected poisoning or something else really bad (never a good thing, always been a multi-hundred dollar situation with dogs in the past). I asked at the desk how much the exam would be and was told $45 (and that's exactly what I was billed) which BTW is a bit on the low side for an office exam, maybe that's a cat vs. dog thing though? The vet did the exam, then put a list of all the exploratory procedures she thought we should consider to get a definitive answer, each one had a dollar amt right there on the screen, and there was a total at the bottom. She did this without my even mentioning that money would be an issue. She asked me if that was a dollar figure I coudl handle. When I said "no, I can only pay about 200 today but I could post date a check for another 200 for my next pay day" she identified a 3-step course of testing/treatment instead. One test to do imediately for only $49, then see what we get as a result. We got negative results from that, so move to step 2: a round of shots/pills/IV to do immediately for another $85. Then we wait and see our result before we move on to next round of testing and treatment, etc. We'd work the cheapest and most likely thing first, watch for improvement or decxline over the next 48 hours and go from there rather than test/treat everything it could be all at once. I walked out with a bill of only around $175 and feeling very good that we had a solid plan to protect my cat and figure out what's wrong, without spending $$$ we didn't need to spend right this day. I was very impressed, and I have never had a vet disclose so much cost info to me in advance of treatment before. Caring Hands is my primary vet for everything now, they're awesome. P.S. turns out she had an injured leg and soreness at her whole rear half, which the vet identified and I had totally missed, and the meds did the trick. She is back eating and drinking again this morning.