Post # 1
I took our dog to the emergency vet. Vet says he had a mass on his spleen that could be removed and he would be fine. We agreed to the $3200 for surgery, during surgery vet called and said he had cancer everywhere. We put him down. We they withheld his body from us for 24 hours after he passed and after payment had been made. Since then we have had two vets look at his blood work and tell us he was never stable enough for surgery and should had never undergone the operation. We also had a radiologist tell us he seen masses else where on the same x-Ray. Also we found out the vet. clinic did not have a business licenses to operate the business which is required on the city the business is out of. Do I try to fight the $3200 bill or just forget it? Sorry not “wedding related” but you women have the best opinions and heads of your shoulders! Thanks in advance!!
Post # 2
You should definitely fight it. And I’m really sorry for the loss of your dog 🙁
Post # 3
I’m so sorry to hear about this!! *internet hugs*
I’m not sure what the best course of action in your area would be…but if I were in your shoes, I would definitely fight it. Did you verbally agree or contractually agree?
<br />At the very least, report the vet to the city to make sure that something gets done, and that no one else is taken advantage of, like it sounds you were.
Post # 4
I definitely think you should try to fight this, sounds like a few sketchy things went on here. With the info you provided sounds like you would have a strong case against them, ESPECIALLY practicing without a business license! Good luck & so very sorry for your loss.
Post # 5
I think you should report the vet to whatever governing body regulates them. If this was a hospital and a human would you just let it go and be worried about the money or would you be asking questions about the treatment and care of your loved one?
Post # 6
I would try to fight it if it were me. I am so sorry about the loss of your dog (and glad that it sounds like he didn’t suffer.)
Post # 7
Sarabethw: I wouldnt try to get your money back. Next time you should research your vet beforehand and always get a second opinion on big procedures. I would notify someone of the business license issue though.
Post # 8
I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like it may have been hemangiosarcoma which attaches itself to blood rich places & grows like crabgrass. Any vet would know that wasn’t curable. Did he tell you the type of cancer it was?
They certainly should not charge you full price. I would fight them on the basis of their malpractice, ie misdiagnosis.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Sarabethw: Would definitely fight the bill but more importantly I would make sure to fight out a way to warn other pet owners from using them.
Post # 10
Sarabethw: fight it. To Small claims you go,
Post # 11
Sassy that’s exactly what it was but at the time she told us she didn’t know what kind it was. She said it was a mass and probably a non-cancerous mass. what upsets me the most is that he laid on the table for 10 hours suffering when she could had told us “he won’t survive, its better to put him down” but they prolonged it for 10 hours, The fact they withheld his body from us for 24 hours, and he had cancer which was past the point of curing but the fact other citizens take and trust these people with their animals and they don’t even have a business license! The door should had never been open for business. Sorry for rambling and venting!
Post # 12
They should have taken a biopsy before recommending surgery. Henangio grows & spreads so fast, I’ve actually heard of cases in which the dog will sprout new tumors during surgery.
Had it gone untreated, death from hemangio is, mercifully easy. The dog simply lies down & bleeds out internally.
Some owners, even knowing the diagnosis, will elect surgery in hopes of buying some time, but hemangio is not survivable. You should have been fully informed & allowed to make your decision based on all of the facts.
I am so sorry.
Post # 13
Sarabethw: You made the kindest decision – I lost a dog to hemangio – my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved dog.
As far as the vet clinic I’d be fighting tooth and nail to get them shut down or whatever action you can to put them out of business.
Post # 14
Vet here. I’m very sorry for your loss.
I think there are 2 separate issues here, you dog’s care and the business activity.
Regarding care, in an emergent setting (I assume this was an actively bleeding splenic mass given your trip to the ER and his “unstable” bloodwork), you don’t always have the liberty of knowing if a splenic mass is cancerous or not. Dogs can get benign splenic masses (aka hematomas, that present and bleed just like hemangiosarc) and sometimes you don’t know what you are dealing with until you get into surgery with the understanding that it can definitely be a roll of the dice. Either way, these dogs are almost never “stable” for surgery and the only way to stablize them is by removing the bleeding spleen. That being said, if there were metastases seen on x-ray, hopefully the ER vet would have picked them up, but ER vets are not boarded radiologists and you don’t necessarily have time for a radiology consult when you have an extremely emergent patient. I’m sorry the vet didn’t do a better job explaining possible outcomes.
I also doubt your dog lay on the table for 10 hours; the vet likely would have seen additional masses almost immediately after opening him up and probably called you within 30 min to an hour of starting surgery.
Regarding the lack of a current veterinary premise license, that falls under the owner of the veterinary clinic to maintain (which may not be the same veterinarian that saw your dog) and I have no explanation for that. You can certainly call the state veterinary board and let them know that the clinic does not have an active premise license. Depending on the size of the hospital, this may not be related at all to the veterinarian who saw your dog (who I assume is likely an employee and does have an active veterinary license).
Regarding the bill, you should look at your estimate and see what it actually covered….I assume they included post-op hospitalization which wasn’t needed, and make sure your bill reflects the how far they got into your dog’s care. Again, I’m very sorry for your loss.
Post # 15
i would be soooo furious! i’ve dealt with some bad vets and its infuriating. (my cat had liver failure, i paid to have him get a feeding tube and he was just not there anymore, i took him in to get put down and they accused me of just giving up and being too pessimistic, the day later he died naturally. it killed me knowing he had to suffer for longer).
i would definitely try to get your money back and make it so they cant do that to other pet owners