Treatment was typical, call water, surpass, stall rest. Suggested cold laser to improve his recovery from the injury. I told him that no way I could afford daily treatments if I was going to have to pay a barn call each time. He told me not to worry about it, the treatments were $60 each. I brought this up a number of time, always told $60 for each treatment.
After 2 weeks, swelling was down, but still a sore horse. Actually swelling went down the next day. The vet is now telling me a torn ligament and its going to be a very , very long recovery.
Took him to a specialist who re-xrayed and , wow, bone chips clearly in the x-ray. Ultrasound showed no joint, tendon, or ligament injury. They believed he got kicked in the knee and they diagnosised a hemotomal to the bone, per ultrasound. Basically a bone bruize and for now the chips don't seem to be a problem.
Took him back 2 weeks later and did a cortizon injection in his knee. This vet contacted the original vet and explained what was found and forward all test results to the 1st vet.
Happy, happy, me, my boy is doing amazingly well with the new treatment. Unless I tell someone he is recovering you can't tell anything is wrong. The great vet is allowing ground work and limited turnout. This is 5 weeks after the initial injury. We expect that at our next visit to the vet we'll be under saddle in the arena doing rehab. Did I mention I'm happy about this. I was happy to pay the 2nd vet bill and can't say enough good about his care.
Now finally I get the bill from the 1st vet. He wants $1400+. Actually more than the 2nd vet charged for all the treatments and exams. I'm stunned to see barn calls for each day along with a $7 fuel surcharge for each visit.
I believe the 1st vet should get paid for coming out and treating the swelling. I'm having a hard time paying for a blantently wrong diagnosis as well as for charges I was told would not occur and fees which were never disclosed.
Other than trying to get the charges reduced to what was agreed to, what recourses are avalible?
Thinking about filing in small claims court to recover the x-ray, barn calls and fuel charges.
Whatever happens I'm happy to have a healthy horse, and now looking for a new general care vet. Just don't feel good about paying for something done wrong, plus being held accountable when the vet didn't honor his word.