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I Need Your Help . . . Is the Vet After My Money?

Eeks! Mom to my two favorite kitties, Milo and Minou, just came to me with a recent problem. BellaSugar's felines went in for an annual checkup with a new vet . . . and she left hundreds of dollars later (with more recommended tests possibly to come) wondering if her kitties weren't so healthy after all.

She'd suspected Milo had hairballs because he was vomiting up a long, squiggly grayish thing. The vet insisted on several tests (totaling $500) only to tell her . . . "yup, it's hairballs – brush him more and give him hairball formula food." It doesn't stop there – learn what was recommended for Minou in Bella's own words when you


At this point, she says Minou’s heart rate is too high and that his heart looks enlarged “from a certain angle.” She wants me to do a pricey kitty EKG and a kitty ultrasound. After the way she handled Milo — rushing the poor thing through tests that he clearly did not need — I don’t want to spend a lot of time and money putting sweet Minou through tests that might not even be necessary. I want the best for my pets’ health, but c’mon — would you trust this vet?

I know there were some red flags going up for me – good vets should make you, and your pets, feel comfortable – so I'm thinking a second opinion is a good bet. What do you think?

sgdish sgdish 9 years
Unless you're in a "one vet" town, definitely find another vet. I found a great vet and when my dog got very ill, he told me not to worry about the costs while trying to save him, that he would only charge the actual cost of what was I'm sure my vet loves animals (not money) as much as I do! Otherwise, his prices are comparable or slightly lower than other vets in my area!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
I have only ever met one vet who did not try to rip me or my husband off. And I have been to many vets in my lifetime, probably seven different vets, and this is both in RI and here in PA. They are just as bad as many doctorsare when it comes to our health care... why reccomend a holistic, cheaper and healthier remedy that would work just as well when they get kick-backs from the phareceutical reps and imaging experts?? It's such a shame.
Purple-Damsel02 Purple-Damsel02 9 years
I'm taking my kitty to the vet for the first time tonight and reading these has definitely made me more aware of what I should be looking for! Thanks!
Susan76 Susan76 9 years
I'd go to another Vet. Sadly some Vets do try to make more money off of you.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I find that I am doing more price comparison between vets because there can be a difference. When I neutered my dog I saved $100 because one vet gave me the option of not doing expensive pre-screening. Other vets made it mandatory. I also saved $25 on a heart worm test by calling around. So my point is that if you feel like you are getting fleeced, you probably are.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Absolutely get a second opionion! If there is a feline specialist in your area, as a few posters have mentioned, seek out his or her services. Oliver is so much more calm at the specialist's office as there are no barking dogs to upset him and to grossly throw off his blood pressure reading.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Thank you for all of your opinions. I'm definitely going to get a second opinion regarding Minou's heart. The vet took x-rays of both kitties (poor Milo had to drink barium!) and she said that Minou's heart was larger than Milo's. (No doy — Milo's a dwarf cat who weighs five pounds less than Minou!) I think I'll pick up the x-rays and take them to another vet to get a second opinion. Thank you!
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
I love my vet because he has two mini-dachshunds at home, so I always feel like Ladybird, my doxie, is in great hands. We go there for vaccinations, and even though it's a $15.00 exam fee in addition to the shot(s), he always looks at her weight and her healing spay scar and discusses any problems we might have. He also looks in her ears and eyes. The staff always gives me the prices or a price sheet for the services - we had different options when we got her spayed (they could use lasers instead of a scalpel to make the cuts, which we choose to do, even though it was $55.00 more). I asked about her teeth when we got there, since she seemed to not be losing her baby teeth! Well, it turned out she had five extra grown-up teeth, so they gave me a price and discussed what they would like to do - they took the teeth out while she was under for the spaying, so we saved a trip to the vet, plus LB's a lot more comfortable now! But they made sure to give me options and prices, rather than deciding without me - I will never go to another vet!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I hate how hard it is to find a new vet that you can trust. Get other opinions and find someone you feel comfortable with!
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
definitely get a second opinion if you have any doubts about your vet. you need to be comfortable with your vet and if you aren't then it isnt going to work out in the end. on another note my friend works for a specialist vet office and they recommend crazy amounts of tests and things to her and her dogs. its not always about money its just so hard to tell what is wrong with animals because they cant tell us so it may seem excessive but it might be necessary.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Absolutely get another vet, this one has probably lost your trust, and you be absolutley comfortable with your vet. To echo other posters, you absolutely should ask questions. I go to a clinic where I've learned to avoid certain vets on staff because they always try to push costly procedures or medications on my pet. Find someone who will be straightforward with you, will give a number of options (rather than only one option) so that you can make a well-informed decision.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
Time to get a new vet! There are so many vets out there that only want your money. I suggest asking local rescues (or checking their websites) which ones they use- that is how I found my vet. On the other hand, my vet noticed my dog's heart looked a bit large and she had weird things in her lungs on her xrays.... We did an ultrasound yesterday and discovered a tumor on, or next to, her heart. Unfortunately it is not operable and has already spread to the lungs... :( But my point is an enlarged heart can be a very bad thing- I wish I had known about it sooner because now it is too late for my baby. :cry:
Megbucks3 Megbucks3 9 years
I went to a cat specialist because I had heard that Vets were trained to treat cats like small dogs. Well seeing the very distinct difference in my dog and cat and having moved to a new city, I opted to go to a cat specialist. However, $800 in bloodwork determined that my cat, who had some balding on his back, just had allergies that could be from the drastic new climate change. (From Ohio to Georgia) Get the second opinion.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Second opinion!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I agree about second opinions, I have been through several vets that didnt have my best interest, or my pets best interest at heart. Its criminal what Vets charge, and what they will put our pets through to earn that cash.
Courtneydogs Courtneydogs 9 years
You definitely need to be informed before you go to the vet. I have been in rescue for 10 years and have 11 pets of my own. My vets know that I do research and know what I am talking about. Also, ASK QUESTIONS. Make them give you specific reasons for the tests and what answers are they looking for. Alot of the tests are meaningless and put the pet through stress for no reason. They are already highly stressed from being at the vet.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
for the money that vet just squeezed out of you, you could have went to a few feline specialists and came back with money saved! Definitely get a second opinion, for your pocket's sake and more importantly your kitties' sake, vets like that do NOT have the animals best interest at heart! Good luck!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
No!!!! First off an enlarged heart is not a huge deal. I would definitely goto a vet who talks to you about other alternatives not just money making ways. Switch now and no more tests!
erinridgeway erinridgeway 9 years
You need a second opinion, pronto.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
similar experience here.. max went in for a routine yearly checkup and the vet found high liver enzymes. they immediately (before anything other thoughts) suspected it was cushings disease. so they had me bring him in, put him on blood pressure meds, had to sedate him to give him an ultrasound, took blood and urine samples and 2.5K later, told me he was fine. now, i understand that if they suspected something, that we should have it checked out, however, why was cushings the FIRST thing they suspected from high liver enzymes? is it because they knew it would be 2.5K in their pockets? i have to wonder...
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I definitely think a second opinion is needed here. My vet is SO good, and if he thinks something isn't necessary, he tells us straight out, "I don't think you need to spend the money on it." And when he does do something, he explains it to us thoroughly and makes sure we're completely in understanding and that we're 100% OK with it. This vet sounds like she's out to make some quick cash at the expense of her animals and that is not OK.
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