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An Unpleasant Vet Experience

An Unpleasant Vet Experience

by Kathy
(Ingleside,Ill. USA)

What's this vet doing? Photo added by Michael - photo by psd (modified)

I haven't been here because I've been back to work and have been spending all my spare time with my cats. I wanted to share my latest vet experience with everyone.

My precious Lia was having a hard time breathing once the weather got hot. We do have air conditioning. We took him to the vet that I worked for back in 2000 because I considered him a top notch vet.

Well we got there and he listened to his breathing and then he proceeded to draw blood and urine. He said we have to take things one step at a time.

So OK I thought he must know what he's doing. When we checked out and the receptionist handed me the receipt to sign it was for $437.00. Wait a minute I said I want to ask him about that. He came out and asked me if there was a problem. I said yes why is the bill so high.

He looked and said it was only supposed to be $247.00, which I still thought was high. So he voided out the first charge and charged us $247.00.

When we got home I called our bank and we were overdrawn by about 200 and some dollars. I called him and he told me he would call his credit card company. He did and told me they couldn't do anything about it until Monday. So OK I thought.

Well on Monday he called me and told me Lia PROBABLY was diabetic. He said he wanted to do a re-check just to be sure. Well we still hadn't gotten our money back into our bank account.

After several calls to our bank they insisted they wanted a letter faxed to them explaining that it was a mistake from him. Well he did that after we went to his office again with all the information he needed to send to them. I called him later and asked him how much the re-check on Lia would be. He told me $35.00 a test.

So I still trusted him and we went back the following Saturday for the re-check. Meanwhile we still had not gotten the money back into our bank account. I questioned him again about Lias breathing and he told me the next step would be a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia. Well poor Lia had peed in the carrier on the way over there so he was unable to draw the urine.

When we checked out the bill was $65.00. Again I questioned him and he told me we still had to pay for the urine check and collect the urine ourselves by wrapping a plastic bag around the litter box. At this time I thought (HE'S NUTS)....

I didn't argue and paid the bill. He called a couple days later and said the test was negative for diabetes which I suspect the first one was also. It took us about a week and a half to get our bank account straightened out. When I questioned him about the $65.00 bill he made the comment "Well I could have charged you $965.00"!

I felt that was in very poor taste. Well there is no way I can wrap a plastic bag around the litter box with three cats anyway. Well we feel he really RIPPED us off!!!! We still had no answer on Lia's breathing.

I suspect some of it is due to heat and old age. It doesn't matter he is my beloved and I just wanted him checked out. Well next pay day I suppose I will be taking him back to our old stand-by vet office that has mostly interns and some of them hardly speak English.

It is a filthy place that is overcrowded with customers because their rates are cheap. Needless to say it will be a life or death situation before we go back to my so called trusted vet.

I feel this is another example of the money before care attitude that most vets have these days. Why was the first bill $247.00 and the second one $65.00 when he did the exact same thing the second time???

I guess I'm the fool in the situation. We won't be going back there unless its for shots and maybe not even for that. I trusted him and he really hurt me. My Lia still is wheezing, not all the time, but enough for me to be concerned.

Why he treated me that way I'll never know but I suspect he'll be wondering about it when we don't return there. I suppose he'll be calling me in August when it's time to renew Lia's shots. Well when and if he does, I guess by that time I'll have worked up the nerve to tell him how I feel.


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Jun 25, 2010 Waiving hand about vet!
by: Lenore

I had a horrible vet. My Mufasa was lethargic, I thought he might have worms so I took him to the vet for a routine de-worming. Mufasa was always terrified of the vet, terrified to the point where he had to be sedated whenever he was taken there.

They sedated Mufasa and said that during palpatation they found a strange mass and wanted to do x-rays. After the x-rays they found that Mu had swalled a dime when he was a kitten and that was possibly why he was lethargic (did anybody check for worms?) They said that they needed to perform surgery immediately to remove the dime (apparently Mufasa had the dime in his stomach for over 2 years and it was never a problem before).

The vet charged me $1450 to remove the dime from Mufasa's stomach. Exactly 4 weeks after the surgery Mufasa suffered a stroke and couldn't move his hind legs. I rushed him to the vet who said it was probably due to a blood clot that happened during the surgery and that we would have to put Mufasa to sleep immediately.

I was hysterical. I couldn't stop crying. I said my good-byes to Mufasa and as I was leaving they said "would you like Mufasa's remains?" I nodded my head and left.

3 days later they told me to come and pick up Mufasa's remains. They charged me $250.00, so basically I was charged $1700 to have my cat murdered.

I no longer use that vet.

Jun 23, 2010 That's as bad
by: Joyce Sammons

That's as bad as the vet who told me I had 4 cats die within days from FeLV. It was mothball poisoning. I never went back. We have a traveling vet who gives shots and sets up all over the area. He's cheaper because of no overhead for an office. He'll even see sick animals if you go near the closing time. I'd have hit the ceiling if that had happened to me.

I keep Furby on raw apple cider vinegar. If nothing else, it's a health tonic. I mix it 50/50 with water and squirt it in his mouth. If that doesn't work its' good to spray on for fleas and they lick it off. It won't hurt and may help.

And who gave you permission for a break away from us here? I've missed you!

Jun 23, 2010 To Kathy
by: Ruth

Kathy I'm so sorry about your horrible and expensive experiences at that vets.
When I was vet nursing it was about the welfare of animals, but now it seems to be all about making money.
They should have had a result either way within an hour so so for diabetes,it makes me wonder if someone dropped the first blood sample or something ?
Don't go back there, or if you do please before letting them give any medication, including vaccination boosters to your cats, check the date for expiry !! With money grabbing places like that you can't be too careful.
Like Phil, we lost a cat to breathing problems, she was only 5 years old.We saw 4 vets over 2 months and if they'd only admitted they didn't realy know what was wrong we'd have gone elsewhere.The fourth vet kept her all day then sent her home dying and only then refered us to a apecialist,she died on the way.
It had already cost us a lot of money and sure enough,we even got another bill for that final day.
Please see another vet if you are worried about Lia, you know in your heart when your own cat isn't right.
We've since changed practices but feel we can't trust any vet at all now,which is a terrible thing for someone who worked alongsiide them for many years, to admit.

Jun 23, 2010 Still worth getting him checked
by: Phil (London)

Sounds like the sort of vet worth keeping well clear of, I think!

I don't want to alarm you, but just a quick thought on Lia's condition - my moggie, Triftji, passed away last year at the fairly young age of 7; he had started to develop some breathing problems over a period of several days, progressing to a sort of cough. It was very bad on his last day, and I sped down to the emergency vet who said that it was cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart walls leading to weakness of the heart). In his weakened state he was unable to clear fluid from his lungs and was going downhill fast, and he was put to sleep an hour after I arrived there.

All I am saying is, please monitor Lia's breathing! I sincerely hope his breathing problems are not the same as Triftji's, but better safe than sorry...

Jun 22, 2010 Horrendous
by: Michael

Your experiences sound horrendous. Your vet sounds totally disorganised and hopeless and greedy! A toxic and messy combination.

Your story just supports my views about vets! I would love to like them more but at the moment they haven't earned my respect.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in a many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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