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post #1 of 13 Old 04-27-2016, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Vet Charges for Choke

Sooo.. I just wanted a little input before I get too steaming mad.. haha.

Some of you may have seen my previous post about my percheron filly who choked on her pellet feed and needed to be tubed.

Long story short... the vet tubed her in the evening, thought he cleared the obstruction and left. Tink kept showing the same signs that night and morning. We then had the vet back out to tube her again. That finally did the trick.

I drove down to the vet that afternoon and paid the bill. A month later I received another bill for more than the amount of the first one.

It looks like they forgot to charge me for the antibiotics and anesthetic shot... no biggie.. of course I need to pay for that. What chaps my behind is that I was charged for two separate exams, mileage, and stomach tube charge.

Is this how most vets are? This isn't my normal vet.. I feel my normal vet completely undercharges me at times, so maybe I'm just not used to this high of a bill.
In my mind I shouldn't be charged for the second visit... or at least only be charged mileage...

Am I totally off about feeling upset for this one?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-27-2016, 03:23 PM
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Yes, the vet came out twice on two separate days - most I know would charge for two farm calls. Now if it was the same day and a "I'll come back and see later.." Then I'd be a little annoyed at the extra farm call charge.. but I'm sure my vet would charge me for both calls and tubing.

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Yes, absolutely, if a horse needs more then one treatment, they you are charged accordingly.
I have had horses that needed to be tubed more then once for impaction colic to resolve-same deal
There is no guarantee that any one treatment will work
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I would figure two calls, two charges. My personal feeling is someday I might need this vet again if my standard vet is not available. In an emergency just being able to get someone is a big deal. I have paid a healthy fee for emergency care when needed. Actually, I rather expect it.
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Yes, the vet came out twice. Therefore... two vet calls and mileage charges. That is how all the vet clinics I have worked at would have billed it out.
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-27-2016, 04:09 PM
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I'd call the vets office and speak to someone about the bill.

I all ways do this before I pay....yesterday I got an unexpected bill from the dentist.....so I called and asked.....what's this bill for?

DW just had back surgery a month ago.....first bill from the hospital was $2000 incorrect...in their favor of course.......

So, just call, be civil, and discuss the charges....at least that way, the next time, you'll understand more about what the real cost is going to be....and how there billing works....

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I think I see where the OP is coming from.

It sounds like she's looking at it like the vet didn't do the job right the first time, so had to come out and fix it the next day. In that case, I think not being charged for the farm call would be expected, as it was the vet's mess up that required them to come out again.

However, it's sounds like it wasn't an issue with what the vet did, but more that the OP's filly wasn't cleared up on the first visit as thought, so another visit was needed. In that case, I would expect to be charged for the second visit.

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I would expect to be charged for two visits. However, I would think they would have billed you everything when you were there and not more a month later.
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I think I see where the OP is coming from.

It sounds like she's looking at it like the vet didn't do the job right the first time, so had to come out and fix it the next day. In that case, I think not being charged for the farm call would be expected, as it was the vet's mess up that required them to come out again.

However, it's sounds like it wasn't an issue with what the vet did, but more that the OP's filly wasn't cleared up on the first visit as thought, so another visit was needed. In that case, I would expect to be charged for the second visit.

Just what I was going to say, and I would have just *liked* it, but SIGH, seems that like does not work in Classic now
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Thanks everyone! The vet bill still stings but at least it's justified. Haha.
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