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Old 06-03-2008, 06:16 AM   #31
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:49 AM   #32
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Vets suck! Ive had my dog SWOL for almost 8 years now. For the past 5 he has had allergies that cause this nasty mucus to cover his eyes. The vets (several different ones) cant seem to figure anything out after thousands of dollars of tests. So I pay $80 a month for a 3.5g tube of ointment. REALLY $80 for a tube of antiboitic eye ointment, WTF!. and it really doesnt even help that much, i usually get a better reaction from him when i flush his eyes with the over the counter stuff from CVS for $5. F vets! if the answer isnt staring them in the face, then they have no clue.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:55 AM   #33
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Stacks agreeded. They are great at figuring out broken legs.

"yup, I think it is broken, $1k please"
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:59 AM   #34
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I don't think that most vets are out to gouge everyone. Hell it's tough enough to properly diagnose people sometimes and we can at least communicate what's wrong with us.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:24 AM   #35
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I don't think that most vets are out to gouge everyone. Hell it's tough enough to properly diagnose people sometimes and we can at least communicate what's wrong with us.

I think you have a very optimistic view, I think that vets are on par with auto mechanics. Every once in a while you can find a good honest one, but mostly its people who are there to gouge you, and sell you crap you dont need.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:45 AM   #36
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I don't think that most vets are out to gouge everyone. Hell it's tough enough to properly diagnose people sometimes and we can at least communicate what's wrong with us.
Only a select few are out to gouge. But to prevent against getting sued, they all have to assume that every owner wants to do everything in their power to get the pet healthy, including spending tens of thousands on tests and surgeries.

For most pet owners, the owner wants the vet to tell them, before testing, what the possible diagnoses are, what the costs of treating each diagnosis are, and the costs involved in testing for the diagnosis. Most owners will be able to rule out a number of treatment pathways right from the get-go based on cost. But vets instead cover their ass and recommend you do everything from A to Z. And when you opt not to, they make you sign that waiver JR mentioned, saying "I'm a bad pet owner, I'm going against vet's advice."

It's not a gouge, it's the cost of living in this ridiculous CYA, overly-litigious society.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:15 PM   #37
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The best thing for dog owners is having a nice healthy dog and just when they start to have health problems they get flattened by a car.
I guess this would be a true statement if I looked at owning my dogs as a finiancal investment.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:16 PM   #38
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The best thing for dog owners is having a nice healthy dog and just when they start to have health problems they get flattened by a car.
Maybe you were trying to be funny or maybe you weren't, but all the same I don't find that cool. My sister's friend had a dog once who lived absolutely fine (It was a little weiner dog, I forget what their true name is) who got out of the yard once and she disappeared for a couple days and they discovered she got ran over near a school about a mile away from where she lived. That's the worst kind of pet death there is imo, one day you have a fine, healthy, normal pet and the next they get out and boom they're gone.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:31 PM   #39
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I think you're right about CYA and lawsuits. They want to make sure they don't leave themselves exposed to a big suit. Sign of the times I guess.
I do not think we can blame those greedy lawyers (actually their greedy clients) for this one. Generally speaking, vets are not exposed to big lawsuits. I cannot, for example, get $1M if a vet commits malpractice and kills my dog. Typically, if a vet seriously harms or kills your pet, you are only entitled to compensatory damages (i.e., the cost to buy the dog). I guess if you own a prize-winning racehorse and a vet kills your horse, you might have a claim, but otherwise you generally do not.
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I do not think we can blame those greedy lawyers (actually their greedy clients) for this one. Generally speaking, vets are not exposed to big lawsuits. I cannot, for example, get $1M if a vet commits malpractice and kills my dog. Typically, if a vet seriously harms or kills your pet, you are only entitled to compensatory damages (i.e., the cost to buy the dog). I guess if you own a prize-winning racehorse and a vet kills your horse, you might have a claim, but otherwise you generally do not.
True that, you don't win much from dog lawsuits. Takes away the incentive to cover ass, doesn't it. Maybe they are just gouging?
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I think to be a Vet you most likely love animals. If you know everything to help save the animal you are going to tell the person. In the end it is our duty to say yes or no to the treatment.

Sadly it is like owning a car. If a mechanic tells you how to fix it you have the choice of doing that or having a broken car. Problem with animals emotions is a big variable in this decision.

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:51 PM   #42
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firstdown I knew you were j/k don't feel bad.

It reminded me of watching a horror flim. People can watch other people getting slaughter all day in the movie but as soon as a animal or pet is killed the "gasps" come out.

I guess it is because animals are so innocent in our eyes.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:57 PM   #43
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If I'm correct some states maybe most or all look at pets as personal property. I'm not sure if it was a case in Virginia or in another state which received national attention but it involved a pet owner suing for a large sum of money due to the death of their pet. Not sure how far it went up in the court system but the final ruling was they are personal property.
As far as I know, all states treat pets as personal property. I'm glad you know the end result of the case. Most people think that if person A sues person B for $1 billion upon some ridiculous claim, then person A gets $1 billion. It's no wonder why people think our legal system is far more out of whack than it really is.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:16 PM   #44
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I'm with everyone here...

There was an article in the Washington Post recently about exactly what everyone is talking about...


Pets, Vets and Debts - washingtonpost.com

I recently tried to get my little black pug spayed and a simple 65$ fee turned into close to 500$ in about 3 min. The lady was throwing all of these extra options... IV fluids, antibiotics, extra pain medicine...


They tack on fee's like crazy... I would be more inclined to pay some flat rate then be berated with all of these unnecessary options like I was buying a used car or something.

Making me very frustrated...
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:00 PM   #45
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I know the pain of Vet visits. We inherited my wife's bichon frise because her stepdad was moving and said you either take it, or she goes to a rescue. The dog has a soft spot in my heart because it's my wife last connection to her Mother, who passed 4 years ago.

Overall the dog is in great health (she's 13), but the dog goes to more specialists than I do. She has skin and eye problems, so she's sees a dermatologist and an ophthalmologist. Eye drops for her right eye, and steroids for her skin problems. But I guess it could be worse.

But these specialists do not nickel and dime us to death like the regular Vet does. Drives me nuts the amount of stuff they want you to do.
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