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July 31, 2012 at 9:34 am #256540AnonymousGuest
we washed our dog applied those drops 3 days later and sometime after tha she picked up a tick, all grass around here has been slashed on all blocks we ahve been raking and collecting that grass. we had no idea she had a tick she went to bed fine and next morning couldn’t stand and still cant.
tick has been removed.
we are going to cancel the near $40 a month insurance which requires we foot the whole bill then wait for them to condescend to reimburse us up to 80%, it is supposed to be insurance, with your car they pay then worry about the details later. this is supposed to be insurance, as against being medical health insurance.
the vet wants $400 to $600 we simply could never afford that, they would not let us pay it off, the push on media has been to elevate pets to a higher standard than their human keepers, so now vet’s will be mega rich on the suffering of pets. there are at least a dozen vets in the surgery no wonder they need so much money.
anyhow we are trying to keep her hydrated and slipping in a tad of sulfur and a good dose of vit’C’, she was drinking last night when we held the water bowl close to her but this morning rejects a drink, we bottle fed her some honey water and vit’C’ warmish.
we have been here 4 months and never sighted a tick even with all the long grass around, yes a big mob of roo’s resident and some wobbly knees.
what a world has been created for us by the greedy and the sciences.
lenJuly 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm #519498ballamaraKeymaster
Sorry to hear about your dog Gardenlen. Vet care is just big business nowadays I’m sad to say.July 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm #519499BlueWrenMember
Do hope she pulls through, Len.July 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm #519500BelMember
Thinking of you and your dog Len. All the best :hug:July 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm #519501mudhenMember
Thinking of you and your dog, Len, and hope she improves.
I know exactly what you mean about what vets have become. I shudder to think of all those people who are being ripped off every day by greedy vets. Thankfully there are still some good ones out there, it’s like anything, pays to ask around, especially when you move to a new location. My experience has been the ones who offer a payment plan charge like crazy because some people will pay anything to get their animal cared for.July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm #519502RavykMember
I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I hope she pulls through.
Have you made sure she has no more ticks on her and the tick has been removed properly? If the head is still left it can keep injecting the toxin into her.
But I have to disagree with your idea that vets are money hungry, greedy, mega rich people. [please note that I do work in the veterinary industry, so I do see and experience the ‘other side’ of the industry the public does not see. I’m not completely biased, I do know there are vets and clinics out there who do rip people off but the majority don’t.] The animal industry [especially the veterinary industry] is one of the worst paid industries-not many people go into it for the money! As a fully qualified vet nurse, my earning potential is probably a max of $40k a year, once I have 10-15 years experience-unqualified…try about 25k a year. A vet, straight out of 6-7 years of study [with a student loan of 50-100k], earns about 40k too, that goes up to about 70-90k when they have years [try about 10 years] depending on the state they work in and if they choose to specialise. Only way to earn more is to own your own practice.
It’s not a lot compared to other industries with similar qualifications…I could earn more working in a supermarket than as a vet nurse! Not to mention we are always in danger of being bitten, scratched, trod on, etc by the animals we treat! We run the risk of being exposed to some extremely dangerous animals, zoonotic diseases that could potentially kill us [hendravirus, lyssavirus, etc] because we love animals and want to help them.
The reason vets no longer do accounts is because 90% of people will NEVER pay the bill given the chance, which leaves the clinic in the red. There are files sitting on the computers with thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars of unpaid accounts, the likelihood of clinics seeing that money is zilch. Some clinics may do accounts for regular customers who have proved that they will pay. But really, why should they do accounts? A vet clinic is a private business-it is not a public service and is not govt funded in any way, and you wouldn’t ask for an account if you couldn’t pay for your shopping and the supermarket or for the petrol you put in your car at the servo. They need to make money or else they’d go broke and we wouldn’t have veterinary clinics.
Have a read of this, it’s been written by a vet about why accounts are hardly ever allowed. http://vetsbehavingbadly.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/how-can-vet-love-animals-yet-not-allow.html?spref=fb
[By the way-MOST pet insurances work that way. You pay in full and the company reimburses you.]
I’ve been doing a bit of reading about tick paralysis, and it says you shouldn’t offer food or water as their swallowing ability is compromised and could end up with fluid in the lungs. Keeping her calm, cool and quiet will help.
I’m going into work at 1 today, so I can have a chat to the vets there and ask them if there is anything else you can do for her.July 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm #519503AnonymousGuest
we are as sure as we can be she has no more ticks we are keeping her hydrated with vit’C’ water she looks a little more attentive today still not eating.
the whole tick came out no prob’s we touched it with a cotton bud dipped in kero’
anyhow we can only hope she keeps improving.
vets up[ here charge around $100 less to neuter a male dog than they do in brisbane, sounds like the brissy vets got creamy profit maker, $100 is a big difference.
then they want a kings ransome when your dog gets a tick. anyhow the insurance rip off is going to be stopped we’ve probably near on paid $400 for it and it is no good to us.
lenJuly 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm #519504RavykMember
Hopefully she’ll keep improving! Some dogs will get worse before improving but hopefully she’s over the worst of it now.
Ticks particularly love to hide in places like; in and behind the ears, arm/leg pits, around and under the lips, between the toes, around the genitals.
It costs a lot for tick treatment because the tick anti-toxin is expensive [so is snake anti-venom at $300 a vial!]. And differences between clinics could be because of higher rent, more staff, etc.July 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm #519505RobyneMember
I had a simalar expreence with our local vet. When Tiki was diagonised with diabeties it cost
us $120 per every 2 weeks she lived for 12 months after. That didn’t include the injections and needles as well.
A friend pays dog insurace for her Saint and she needed an op on her eyes it costs over $1500 and she was to get back over $1200 bu tit went into the vets account after she had paid him in full and she has to wait till they give her the money back. which might take months.
If your dog won’t drink always keep frozen stock cubes in the freezer they are good for sick dogs. It is easily makde when you make extra after you cook chickens Just give them a cube to lick as needed. It gives them the food and a cold thing to lick.July 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm #519506GgangMember
keep up the vit C the ladies on the goatforum say it does help tick poison …….. any chance you can get injectable C ? it is painful but works much better especially as she cant swallow properly …………July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm #519507AnonymousGuest
injectable vit’C’ on the shopping list
she still doesn’t want to eat but she did take a drink of water on her choice.
lenAugust 1, 2012 at 11:21 am #519508AnonymousGuest
ok ‘D’ day.
she the dog is getting worse, did seem to appear to improve, we searched and searched for a second tick don’t reckon there is any part of her body our fingers haven’t been.
vomiting up white stuff this morning.
going to non-compassionate make every post a winning post vet today (had similar issues in past they only want money).
we always pay our bills had mechanic shops extend us $k’s of credit all paid up, but not these money hungry vets. like doc’s one would expect some compassion.
like before they will do what could be wasteful treatment get their money then send a dead dog home.
anyhow wish us luck maybe, if at the end of the day the dog lives.
lenAugust 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm #519509GgangMember
good luck Len I hope your dog makes it and the bill isnt too much ……..August 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm #519510AnonymousGuest
thanks all and ggang,
well the vet did not tell us all on tuesday, we arranged to be able to get up to $650, but the schedule is like this first stage cost up to $450, then next stage costs from $650 to a whopping $1500, and they deal this out without compassion as is the case in secular australia.
so for now we have agreed to a top of $650, so by tonight or early tomorrow that runs out so then if we are not fortunate, and they have to euthenase her that will cost another $30, they don’t give an inch do they. can imagine in this heavily promoted pet care aus’ where people with kids would be under monstrous pressure to pay whatever to save a kids pet.
we got caught some 10 years ago by a greedy vet, even explained our case to the chief vet honcho (we had dealings with him when he was a don’t miss them vet 30 years ago)he defended the vet to the hilt.
sad to say vet’s have worse name than dentists and plumbers.
lenAugust 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm #519511VickieMember
Len, i hope she pulls through.
You would think there would be a regualtory body that could monitor how much vets charge.
I know when my mums dog was elderly she was charged over 4 X the cost price for meds. She ended up up getting the script printed from a diff vets and driving to the company and collecting the pills herself somehow. It is insane that they can charge so much. I really do hope you get a happy ending.
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