I AM SO OFFENDED BY THE REMARK IN THIS POSTING I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO REACH
THROUGH SOME CIRCUITRY HERE!!
Yes the original post is heartbreaking. The EC, where I, a supposedly
incapable technician, work, will do what we can for any pet, and we have
"eaten" THOUSANDS of dollars treating and not charging, or charging little.
The staff has had to fix a few problems from "regular daytime vets" where
the supposedly more capable vets and techs work. Just a few examples: a
ruptured trachea, caused by a specialist, and not found until the pet
died -- by the way, this specialist telecommuted on this one!
A "more capable" vet hospital ligated a dog's ureter during a routine
neuter. For some reason the poor thing couldn't urinate, and when it came to
our doorstep, it didn't leave the same way, if you get my drift.
Another pet who was having seizures was given anticonvulsants and sent home.
We found that the vet came in, looked, and WITHOUT GETTING A DECENT HISTORY,
gave the dog an injection, and prescriptions. The pet came into our EC --
SNAIL BAIT INGESTION.
And, I don't know of any of the supposedly incapable vets who work at the EC
where I work would tell the owners of a 21-YEAR-OLD CAT WITH A IV/VI HEART
MURMUR that if they didn't authorize a dental, they weren't very
responsible, caring owners -- the cat came in comatose, after, for some
reason (an EC staff member MUST have been involved!) crashing while under
anesthetic. That patient died.
And then there is one of "my" EC's staff members who tells of the horrifying
story that she was told Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin -- it's all the same; just
give your dog the child's dose -- BY THE THOROUGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE DAYTIME
But I digress. I do agree, that this is a business; however, vets and techs
are not in it for the money! I barely have enough money for food for me,
after rent, dog and cat food, household items, etc. I'm sure if I was in it
for the money, I for darned sure wouldn't be renting my bedroom from my
As for the original posting, our fees are about that much, but over half
($680 to $740) goes to the surgeon we have to call in, as our vet needs to
be free for other emergencies, as s/he is usually the only EC vet on at our
The end of this rather long posting? Let's face it, owning a pet is, if you
think about it, A LUXURY! Since it is a living creature, and accidents do
happen, be prepared for emergencies. AFTER ALL IT ISN'T JUST A DOG (OR CAT).
As a caring, responsible owner, you do have some obligation toward a
creature who loves you unconditionally.
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2000 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: COULD HAPPEN TO YOU--MUST READ!!!(long)
> Haven't read all of the posts on this. Vet emergency clinics are usually
> staffed with the least capable in the profession. I worked for a vet
> and the vets there would often be horrified at the treatments the animals
> gotten before transferring to us. Splints put on incorrectly, diagnoses
> incorrect, etc.
> These places also charge a huge premium since they are the only game in
> always pray that I won't have to use them.
Robyn, Mouse, Richard, Herbie, Abercrombe, Annie Oakley, and Chiqui