I took my Boxer dog Lacey to the vet yesterday after she hit hurt tail on something and punctured the skin. The vet was very rough handed and somewhat unskilled when shaving the area, Lacey was most upset as the vet hit the wound severale times, once the wound was visible I could see that the cut was no bigger than a pin hole. I turned to my fiancee happy knowing the cut was so small and deceptive of the newly decorated reception that Lacey has now left me with, I turnd back to the vet to see her withdrawing a needle from Lacey's scruff, I asked what it was for and the vet replied that she had administered 2 injection (did not see the the first one) the vet then cleaned the small cut and bandged the cut so heavily that it resembled a football, the vet then said to return in three days, I said that the football bandgage would be ripped off in seconds but my question was shortlived as the vet already had in her hand a large lampshade collar, I said that it looked too big and she said that I had to cut it down (not that it may leave a sharp and uneven edge) The bill came to £53, not too expensive but a cost that was pushed up by forcing products onto us. I thought that good practical and professional advise was all that was needed and not acting to increase financial gain. I said of my unhappiness of the service that Lacey had received and said that this is why people on low income are put off taking there loved and cherished pet to the vet in case they push there products to get more money from the owner. Has anyone had a similar experience or agree/diagree.
Your experience is by no means unique. Vet are people too who works for a living, not because they got nothing better to do. They are running a business. As in most businesses, they will charge as much as their client is wiling to pay. And some will have no scruples in abusing their position and taking advantage of people who are in a vulnerable emotional state of mind when they come to them with their injured or sick baby for help and pile up all the charges they can.
This is also why many breeders learn how to deal with many things on their own that others would be running to a vet for. Vet costs can add up real quick if you go to the vet for every little thing.
Btw, vets often combine several meds in to one syringe to be given at once with one shot. So even if you only saw one shot given, it is possible there were 2 medications in it. Whether or not it was necessary for the type of injury, is another matter.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
Is there another vet in your area you can try? I would suggest finding another vet. What was in the injection? lidocaine, antibiotic? Did she ever tell you? and why go back in 3 days? did you have to pay again? I know at my vet, the visit is included on the follow up if anything else is done? I would check into those things..Is Lacey ok now?
Lacey is fine now, like nothing happened. They said the second visit was only to check on the cut, you may be right they must of had both medications in the same needle, the medications was antibiotics and anti inflamatery. I understand that the veterinary service is a business but it is so frustrating that they exploit you when you are vulnerable and not in a position to question their actions. I am a manager of four cemeteries, mortuary and a crematorium and I work so many out of hours without pay to help a family that is vulnerable and in need of guidance and advise but im sure there are those in my trade who also exploit, I suppose it happens everywhere.
You are definatly not alone. I am lucky enough to have a great vet. I have been around horses and dog my entire life, and have learned what is what. More becuase I am nosey, and ask to many questions lol. Now as a breeder, my vet respects me alot, and had even told me he loves the fact that I know my stuff. If I contact him for anything he know he can trust my anwser. I have been to vets that didn't like that I knew what I was talking about, they want people who don't have a clue so they can charge them for everything and anything. Do research on different things, learn symptoms of diseases and injurys. Granted you will still have questions, but atleast they vet knows you have a clue. I do alot of small injuries myself, and can call the vet for antibiotics if needed.
I think it is important to feel you trust your vet. I tried several vets before settling on the one I use now. I have a 100% confidence in him, I quite frequently ask him questions during my visits and sometimes ask his thoughts of different things relating to my cats and dogs. He has never fobbed me off or tried to hurry me out, to the contrary he is quite content to sit down, explain things to me, show me examples on the internet if necessary. He is also available for emergencies 24 hours a day by mobile phone if necessary. When I have had a sick animal, after he has treated them he insists that I call him to confirm that the animal is ok, I feel that he is generally concerned for their well being. Having said that I have come across vets that give the impression that they are first and foremost a money making machine and this was confirmed by other people who had had the same experience with these particular vets, thats why its worth asking people you know, at work, family or friends living nearby that have animals which vet they use and their opinion, otherwise if you are not completely happy try another one.
I agree that there are too many vets out there more concerned about making a couple extra bucks than about the animals. I just got neuter proof from someone I sold a puppy to and I about gagged when I saw the invoice was for $840 - for a neuter. My vet charges me $70 for the exact same proceedure. I understand if you have a state of the art facility, and all the fancy machines that you have a higher overhead - but that's ridiculous. When I see vet bills with $50 office calls and vets charging their clients $50 for 6 months of Interceptor/Heartguard for a 20 lb dog... I cringe. It's not about the client or the animal anymore at that point.
I wish more vets would treat their clients like intelligent people. I don't profess to be a vet - but I am an informed breeder and unfortunately I've found more than one instance of late where I know more about certain things than some of the vets that the people I sell puppies to take their puppy to. It's sad and wrong. I dislike vets who just act and don't talk to their client. I've started sending puppies home with a packet for the new owner's VET lately because too many don't listen to their client - they just do what they want. To me - that would be like me going to the doctor and my doctor forcing me to have a pap smear, or vaccinating me for something and THEN telling me what it was. Just because I'm not a vet doesn't mean I don't have the right or ability to make decisions regarding my pets.
I have a great vet NOW - but used one for a long time that was gouging me for everything they possibly could.