My 3 year old Chihuahua suddenly had paralysis in her hind legs. I immediately took her to our local emergency vet. Then they directed me to the UGA animal hospital in Athens, GA. After the UGA vet examined her & did a myelogram they suggested surgery because they thought she had a ruptured disc. They said she would have a 50/50 chance of ever walking again. I gave them permission to do the surgery. This was on a Saturday morning. Five days later on Thursday afternoon they called and said they thought she had GME (meningitis) so they needed to do a spinal tap. I gave them permission and the test results indicated she had meningitis. The meningitis was the cause of the paralysis. She never had a ruptured or slipped disc. Now they are billing me for the surgery even though it was a misdiagnosis. I do not feel like I am responsible for the back surgery charges. She had an 8 inch incision and is still healing. They drilled a whole in her back bone. This was a major procedure and it was unnecessary. If they had done a MRI this could have been avoided. Their excuse was they do not own a MRI machine so they only have one available on Tuesday's and Thursday's. What should I do? I am a fair person and I will pay for all her GME related charges. The UGA Vet thinks I am responsible for the whole bill because they did what they thought was right based on her initial symptoms. What would you do? I have done a lot of internet research: http://www.nfneurology.com/Paraplegia.htm
I think you could definitely try to get them to reduce the cost of the unnecessary procedure...In my opinion, they should have done the MRI right away, but they did do what they thought was best in that situation where they did not have one on hand. However, they should have then referred you (or you should have chosen) a different vet hospital.
I don't know that you could reduce the cost to nothing, but you could definitely reduce the cost by a significant amount. i hope your poor chihuahua is feeling better.
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Kinda scary that they went right in for back surgery without taking any xrays or MRI's to confirm before doing such a delicate procedure on the dog. Back surgery is nothing to mess with unless it is necesarry.
Wow, hope you get at least a reduced bill.
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An X-ray or ultra sound should have shown a disc problem. I would check with your regular vet - or another vet for an opinion & speak to an attorney. It might be worth it to have the attorney just write them a letter telling them to negate that bill or you will see them in court!
No,I do not believe you should be responsible for that surgery. What a shame.