There may be some good clinics out there, but I haven't found one. Many emergency clinics are HUGE ripoffs. Passing on these experiences to help others. These are actual things that have happened to co-workers, friends and family when going to SEVERAL different emergency vet clinics in Mich and Ill, but I wouldn't trust them anywhere. Local vets with references and experience are the way to go. PLEASE new puppy owners, before you pick up your puppy, have a vet or TWO that you trust and ask what their afterhour plans are. Emergency clinics charge 3-10 times what normal vets charge for the same proceedures, and often have inexperienced vets with shoddy skills. Here are a FEW examples: Emergency c-section and spay on Sunday: Normal vet $250-700 (depending on location, and other factors) emergency clinic $2,000. Simple x-ray: at normal vet $25-75, emergency clinic $300. IV fluids, antibiotics: at a normal vet $60-150, emergecy clinic $500. Treatment for broken leg after car accident: Normal vet $800-1500. Emergecy clinic $2800 + 300 aftercare, + 200 surgical consult (to amputate the leg after it began to die)= the dog died. Also, they prey on people's concerns for their pet and try to convince them that if you don't treat it right NOW it may die and be all your fault. They rip people off by charging outragous prices for xrays, bloodwork and other simple tests. BEWARE!!!
***Edited By: alicat1 on 4/24/2005 12:52:08 AM*** Reason: sp
Emergency clinics exist for just that.. Emergencies. A lot of vets do not live to be there 24-7 for your pet. When your dog needs an emergency c section at 2 am on a Saturday, they exsist to save your pets life. Yes, they are more costly, but they don't exist to soley rip pet owners off.
i havent seen that either. my vet is not open 24 hours, but they do refer to a 24 hour clinic in cases of an animal needing emergency treatment. i have had to go there on a couple of occasions and both times ,once for my cat and once for my dog , got excellent care and the bill wasnt that much higher than a regular vet visit.
I just wanted to chime in with my little Emergency story..
To make a long and hellish story short: I bought a new house, the day I moved in, a LARGE black dog came flying into my yard, where I just tied my pup out on his new lead, and proceeded to just kick his butt..He's 120lbs, Dook is 40 lbs. He, in the course of about ten seconds gave my dog 12 puncture wounds to his throat and neck.
Cut to the scene where I'm sick with dread and trying to do damage assessment. It's no use, I'm sobbing, he's shaking, I pick him up and blood just pours off his chest. It's ten pm on a FRI, I fly down to the emergency pet place thingy, and by four in the morning, and seven hundred dollars later, my baby is better. And cleaned. And shaved, so pretty gnarly looking, but all is well. Yeah, vet would have charged less, but I would have paid ten times that for the assurance I had that night that he was fine, just bruised and battered. And peed on, did I mention? When that dog was kicking mine's butt, he peed all over him. And there was me with a rubber flip flop trying to save my babe. geeeebus what a night!
Ok ok, the point is, they are more expensive, but worth it.
I've been blessed with an emergency vet that makes house calls ($25.00 for the call & then whatever is needed).
We also have a wonderful emergency vet hospital, where the best ortho surgeon within 100 miles practices.
We are taking mom's little pound puppy, Nikki (18 months old) there for surgery this week for luxating patella. This vet was recommended by several folks and since it IS at the emergency center I was afraid of finding out the fees from her.
Cost? Quoted by regular vet to be at least $2,000.00+, actual fee? $1,300.00 (unless there are complications). All in all, I'd say the fees are more than reasonable for a pet in need.
Dookn what a dreadful welcome to your new home! I am SO sorry for you and your poor guy, but glad that it had a happy ending. Dook (?) is a beautiful boy!
I did look at the photos and it certainly looks as if he was "going for the kill". Can't tell if Dook had puncutre wounds on the underbelly if, so he had already given in to the other dog and assumed the subvserviant position. The dominant dog will lusually relent at the point. Looks likes this one didn't.
I hope to hades that you have taken legal recourse against the owner of the dog who attacked? That dog IS now securely fenced or whatever to keep it from happening again isn't he??? I'm also glad that the attacker didn't turn on you.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 4/24/2005 7:24:59 AM*** Reason: xxx
Pyr, thanks, and to be honest it was LIKE PULLING TEETH to get anyone to do anything about that dog.
Police came over, took my statement, said they could issue a warning..riiight..Said my only option was to buy a gun, or wait until he hurt a human. Huh?
Called many a lawyer, who scoffed, and thought it was 'cute' I was trying to find a lawyer for my 'dog'. Huh?
Talked to the nieghbors, oh sure, we promise, we promise. I told them I'd take em to small claims court if they didn't get rid of the dog. It was simple lip service, since the dog stayed another day.
So, I drew up a petition, had everyone in the subdivision sign it. I had a notorized letter from previous owner, stating the dog had bit his wife on two occassions, pictures, vet bills, etc and walked up to their house with an animal control officer, stating all we wanted was them to release the dog to animal control, to be put down, due to his viscious nature. For the better of the neighborhood, their safety (they have four kids), and the safety of all, to avoid future lawsuits, including one from myself. They agreed. The dog was gone, by Tuesday. So it took about four days. And my dog was allowed outside without me standing next to him with a baseball bat. He doesnt seem to have any fear of large dogs, either, but just in case, my new pup is small. heh.
OH-and yes, Pyr, Dook was flat on his back with the dog on him, ON my back porch, right outside my door, I couldn't get the dog off, so I had to pull Dook's lead to get him out from under him. You'll love this: the dog's owner STOOD IN MY YARD 'CALLING' TO HIS DOG!!! Shocking.
***Edited By: DooknDokkermom on 4/24/2005 7:32:57 AM*** Reason: add
I have had to use the emergency clinic in our area on more than once. Yes I did find them a bit pricy, but that is the same as if you compare your local emergency room to your doctors office. I also did receive excellent care there.
Just happy that the emergency clinic was there to treat Dook for you. I can not believe that hte owner was AWARE of the situation and did nothing to step in. Sorry that the dog had to be destroyed because it was really the owner's fault. That dog, you, the PRVIOUS home owner and Dook all paid the price for a careless, ignorant owner. As you say, thank God it wasn't a child, including his own!
Another story... On the night I took my scottie in for a csection, we went to our normal vet-who does do after hours calls. We did lose 2 puppies-one from the water breaking on the way and another from puppies pushing on it. But we went and both my husband and I assisted, which we usually do, had a great csection with 5 beautiful pups. We were sent with antibiotics, our vet stopped to check on us the next day and we couldn't have been happier. It cost us less than $200 for the whole thing. Mother is fully recovered and showing this weekend. Puppies are healthy and all placed now.
But, a breeder I know took her Maltese in the same night to an emergency clinic. To make a long story short-she worked with a vet she didn't know, lost all but one puppy, then wasn't helped the next day when the mother was having trouble and lost her. She was left with one tiny maltese puppy and paid $800 with no follow up from the vet!
I would highly recommend, especially if breeding and you can find one, a vet that does after hours care. Not for the price, but because you won't be working with a stranger. My vet takes the best care of us and knows how to approach me with the facts and what can be done-honestly-not let's try this and this and this and run my bill up with no chance of improvement.
I don't think those prices are that outrageous for an emergency clinic, there are regular clinics that charge those kind of prices every day. We expect to go to a human hospital and arn't surprised by those prices but for animals we are??? Most of the equipment and drugs are the same for humans??They don't discount animal Hospitals because we deal with (Just animals) as some put it. I'm suspicous if the costs are to low. As owners if we were more careul with our pets and were more responsible, There wouldn't be so many emrgencies. God forbid a full moon, or a friday afternoon..............
Emergency clinics usually cost more for many reasons after hours. After all, doesn't it cost more to take a sick person to the emergency room at night than it does to take them to the doctor during the day? I realize injuries are a little different but still.. Many times emergency clinics or after hours clinics are paying employees overtime to work. I also think it's definitely a must that you have a good relationship beforehand. SOmetimes emergency clinics are done by different vets who have absolutely no records of the dog being treated, and that also may cost more money for that reason alone.
I would think that simple econonmics have to enter into the equation. 24 hours of electric and staff payroll alone would explain higher costs (by at least 2/3) for the emergency clinics. IIt would be expected to pass on the higher overhead expenses for the availablity of servces to the "consumer".
I've had to use a Vet ER three times. First was when Pixie broke her leg 3 days after we adopted her. For x-rays, pain meds & setting/casting the leg it was about $700 (of course, they wanted me to spend $2500 to have a pin put in, but we decided to have them set it & let my vet determine if it needed to be pinned....it didn't and it healed perfectly). Next time was when we used an Adams BioSpot flea stuff on Bandit (never again...Frontline Plus only for us now). Cost us about $500 just have them bathe him twice in Dawn dishwashing liquid (which we had already done once) and to give him subq fluids; and the last time was Bandit's first episode with IBS....that one cost us about $400 if memory serves me correctly and again, all they did was take blood, give him subq fluids and send us home with Carafate for his tummy. Shoot, they charge you $78 just to walk through the door.
I have since changed to a vet that is on call for us 24/7 and he knows Cresties like the back of his hand....which is not easy to find. I have a cousin that's a vet in the Denver area and until he met my dogs at Christmas a few years ago, he'd never seen a Crestie in the flesh.
I'm glad the ER vet was there when we needed them, but their service and the prices are way overrated in my book.
In October last year my 2 year old pomeranian had seizures at about 2am. We rushed her to the clinic and they revived her, but she was completely brain dead, so we let her go. I figured since all they did was revive her & we would burry her, the bill would only be a couple hundred.... over $1,000 later I left with my dead dog. Some compassion eh?