posted on Jul, 11 2008 @ 09:46 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about this situation
I hope the cat is in great health and back to normal now.
I find, even with our regular vet, that most vet practices (especially emerg clinics) are just evil when it comes to the almighty dollar. We have
used our vet for some time now and I felt, had a rapport going. We've always had the money up front, and have never written a bad cheque to them or
anything of the sort. But their true colours shone through a few weeks back when we took our dog in to get neutered. They had quoted us $210 for the
procedure as long as everything went smoothly. What they failed to mention was all the 'extras'. Now the extras are optional and you don't have
to purchase them...but as a HUGE pet lover, It was hard to say no to things like "pain meds", "heart monitoring during procedure", "IV saline for
hydration" etc etc etc. Especially since this particular dog was our pug...that already has such problems staying hydrated and breathing.
We also had to update his vaccinations, and do heartworm testing...so I figured somewhere in the area of $300. NOPE...the final bill came to $586!!!!
All of the extras, and then the vet realized Pudgy had an ear infection, did a swab and smear, and hooked us up with an $80 prescription. I didn't
have the money as I wasn't expecting it...and the secretary got very snotty with me. She didn't directly make a comment about not giving us back
our dog but slyly said "well...you can't take the dog until you have the money". I left in tears. We don't have a lot of money, and budget
tightly for the months when our pets need care. This totally broke the bank for a few weeks, but I would do anything for my pets...so not paying
wasn't an option. I tried to work out a payment plan and they weren't having it.
They know they have you by the you know whats...because no responsible pet owner is NOT going to keep their pets in good health, and they know they
can do whatever they want and almost emotionally abuse you into accepting everything they charge for.
We are in the process of finding a new veterinarian, but I'm almost afraid to get stuck with someone even worse...better the evil you know than the
one you don't. I'm glad your regular vet is a much better person and obviously a much better vet than the emerg clinic you took your cat to