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    10-08-2009, 12:37 PM
Furious with vet... lame horse

Last wednesday I found my horse in the field hobbling on 3 legs... called the vet, there was a very tiny amount of swelling in her knee, she took x-rays of her knee (with film) and was in a huge hurry, didn't really check her over much. Called back later and said they saw nothing wrong, but would like to recheck her in 3 days and take x-rays with the digital machine. Friday they come back, took the x-rays, there was an odd zig zag in one bone, the vet was unsure what it was and wanted to consult the surgeon at the clinic. She calls back 4 days later, and yes there is something "not right" about the bone, but they are not sure exactly what it is. And if I wanted to possibly go through with surgery they could do more x-rays to see exactly what this is going on. I am absolutely furious about this, the horse is still on stall rest and can't put any weight on the leg, I have an $800 vet bill and still don't know what is going on. First of all I dont' even have $800, and if I am paying someone that I'd actually like to know what is wrong! I'm also angry with myself know that I allowed them to take 2nd x-rays off her instead of just calling different vet. I am not the type of person that is okay with not knowing things, not having something to expect or shoot for...
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    10-08-2009, 12:44 PM
Um I would insist that they tell you what is wrong before you are willing to pay and due to the fact that they ran the bill up to $800 so far- you are not going to pay any more charges. If they can't provide you with that information then you will make payments but you do not have the $800 in full.
    10-08-2009, 01:04 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your ordeal! You did exactly what I would have done - you did your very best to get an answer so you could get your horse on the road to recovery - it's a shame that your Vet did what she did. I hope you are able to find out what is causing the lameness quickly so you can take care of it. Don't beat yourself up - I don't think the Vet should charge you for that first set of films - she should have been more thorough - having to come back a second time tells me there was something that prevented her from making a proper diagnosis and that's HER fault - you shouldn't be charged for her mistake. Good luck!
    10-08-2009, 04:15 PM
Ugh I hate vets like that, There is only one vet in the town I live in and I swear he is a complete idiot. Like you I needed him to come out and check Justice's eye it was oozing yucky stuff he wouldn't open it and when he did his blue eye looked a disgusting offwhite color so I called the vet...He comes out looks and says "hmm well I really don't know maybe has an eyelash in it or got some dust in it" So with that "you have got to be kidding me you dumb*** look" I tell him o.k. Pay him his 100$ and he says I'll need to check him again in 3 days..Not on your life buddy! So I continue doing what I was doing without his help for sure..flushing Justice's eye twice a day and treating it with eye ointment...Day 3 his eye is clear bright no discharge and he's fine...I call the vet tell him I took care of his eye I don't need you to do another exam..
Later same day.......I go by his office to get a VERY small amount of Ivomec..Our chihuahua has demodex, no biggie easily treated with ivomec but I don't need a huge bottle like you can get at any feed store so I stop and ask him..UHH I can't dispense any medication without seeing your dog. "that look again" I've already told him she has been diagnosed but unless I want to pay 50$ for an exam she don't need he won't give me the equivalent of 1CC of Ivomec...so I drive 20 miles to my old vet walk in tell them what I need and 10 min later I'm leaving with what I need for a whopping 5$..
Point being..some vets are just like human doctors, all they care about is the money and don't give a rats butt about the patient. It's frustrating to spend so much money and not know any more than you did to begin with especially when it comes to a problem with your horse. I hope you can find a vet who will be willing to do what needs to be done to get her well again and maybe give you a break on the cost..

...sorry for the rant but that stuff really chaps my hide lol
    10-08-2009, 04:23 PM
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I would take that bill and pay it as I can but find a different vet, take those x-rays with you.
    10-08-2009, 04:40 PM
Ditto what farmpony said. You own those pics now, so send them to a better vet. Why did they do films when they had the digital option?? Digital is a WAY better diagnostic tool with instant results. Iwould question her competence if she sees a line in the knee and still can't make a diagnosis. That stinks. Did she at leats recomend something to help make your horse comfortable?
Ugh, all vets are not created equal, that's for sure. Sooo many "equine" vets have never even owned or cared for a horse.
Keep us posted, and I hope you find a decent diagnostic vet!
    10-08-2009, 04:42 PM
I meant to say that $800 is CRAZY for pics of ONE knee! Did she do all her joints on both legs? If it's just the one knee, that is insane.
    10-08-2009, 04:51 PM
This is the main reason im starting school in the spring to become a vet the only sane and honest one around where I live is 1hr 45 min away. Good luck and keep us posted.
    10-08-2009, 06:03 PM
You've got to be kidding me...... even if they charged you for an emergency farm call-out which up here is $125, sedation about $50 add one knee x-ray $25.00 and then a couple of digital ones for $125.

There is no way $800 is right. I would seriously want an explanation.

I had my horse's hocks fluoroscoped for $150 plus sedation. That was both legs top to bottom, just to be sure and I got the disc.
    10-08-2009, 07:47 PM
I do think the vet is ripping you off. Ask her to write down all charges. I've been ripped off in vet hospital once, did item-by-item bill check and found out that they charged me for what was NOT even done. Sounds like what's going on here too. Some vets are really bad....

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