Veterinarians = Scammers!

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I've had very bad experiences with vets. Unlike people doctors, they can sell what they prescribe, giving them another avenue for corruption.
 

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I don't know this for sure, but I have heard remarks within the medical field that its more difficult to get into Veterinarian medical school than accepted at a human medical college.

Apparently, there aren't very many accredited Veterinarian programs in colleges...hence there are WAAAY fewer seats and the Vet schools can afford to be more discriminating and accept only the top candidates.

Think about it...if this is true, then possibly your Pet's Veterinarian may have had better grades in school than your family doctor!!!

Edited to add: Maybe that's why in the mob movies, the Mafia always takes its wounded hitmen to get fixed up at a Veterinarian?? Maybe they were smarter than we were...
 
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Sooo why didn't you just get the next year's heartworm meds when you were at the other vet? You said "complete exam" but apparently it wasn't, that would be included in a complete exam don't you think? It is for my dog. We go in once a year around this time, he gets all his immunizations, a heartworm test, a thorough hands-on exam checking lymph nodes and looking for other troublesome lumps (not "petting" hahaha c'mon now...), plus the year's supply of heartworm pills, and it runs me about $200-$225.

I wonder if you told that vet about about your situation that maybe they could have done all the heartworm stuff since you were less than half a year from needing more.

FWIW I do like these silly rant posts, and I generally don't side with the poster, especially on ones like this. If we're gonna make sweeping generalizations today, I'd say that you sound like a bad pet owner since you can't make and keep a very simple annual appointment for your pet. That alone speaks volumes! Methinks there is more to the story than you've told.

Also please provide a source for your claim that your regular vet made a false statement about a law that their business operates under. Until then, your "BS!" comment is the BS. Considering they hung up on you I assume you were belligerent, again, there's more to this story than you've told.

I hope your dog is OK, she deserves better!
 

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I've had very bad experiences with vets. Unlike people doctors, they can sell what they prescribe, giving them another avenue for corruption.

Yes...but you don't have to buy the prescribed drugs from THAT Vet office any more than you HAVE to buy glasses from your Optometrist/Optician office.
You can even buy animal drugs online at competetive prices from sites like Chewy with a prescription.

Also check your local supermarket pharmacies and nationwide chains...I believe Kroger and Publix in the Southeast U.S. sell animal drugs.
I would expect that Costco, Walmart, Target and others may also...

If my Vet didn't price match or give me the prescription to fill at another, cheaper source, I would find another Vet who did.
 

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Yea, screw those vets. Just because they go to college for 10 years and have hundreds of thousands of dollars in start up costs and operating expenses on top of their student loans, and they only work about [email protected] hours a week, they think they should make a living!
Plus they have to deal with multiple species of animals, not just one species like human doctors. Add to that that animals cannot state what is ailing them, and all they can do is start investigating. They aren't magicians.
 

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On a side note...my family doctor told me (and I confirmed) that if you (in the U.S.) have any high co$t human drugs you or a member of your family needs...it is completely legal to provide a valid prescription to a Canadian pharmacy and get it filled for pennies on the dollar. You just have to plan ahead to get it mailed to you.

Some may be generic vs the brand name drugs, but Canada has price controls in effect. Some are mailed from factories in Asia but are apparently certified factories using identical chemical compounds/drugs. (A "friend" told me that you can get generic Cialis, Levitra, etc for WAAAY cheaper than in America. ;)) I know that one prohibitively high cost heart drug in America ($1000+ per month) was available for 1/10th the cost or less.

I haven't asked about animal drugs
 

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Had a 9 month old husky eat a sock and get it lodged in his intestine, FUN.

Vet said "$1500 to open him up and get it out."

My internal heads up display read in flashing red letters NEW DOG

I looked at the wife (at the time) and the tears said it all.

I said "do it and we will make payments."

2 weeks after full recovery same symptoms.

NO NOT AGAIN!!!!

I call the Vet and he says "oh thats too bad, bring him back in."

I countered with "we can't"

He suggested we try a $5 tube of cod liver oil (hairball treatment.)

Worked like a charm pooped that darn sock right out.

Where was that suggestion fifteen hundred dollars ago?

Clearly the vet would rather risk the animals life with general anesthesia and cutting into the GIT while making a tidy margin than offer a safe, free solution to the animals problem.

Business is a for profit endeavor but the way they act like they care about your animal and you is disingenuous
 

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Yes...but you don't have to buy the prescribed drugs from THAT Vet office any more than you HAVE to buy glasses from your Optometrist/Optician office.
You can even buy animal drugs online at competetive prices from sites like Chewy with a prescription.

Also check your local supermarket pharmacies and nationwide chains...I believe Kroger and Publix in the Southeast U.S. sell animal drugs.
I would expect that Costco, Walmart, Target and others may also...

If my Vet didn't price match or give me the prescription to fill at another, cheaper source, I would find another Vet who did.

I've done that. But that's just part of it. I've had them put a dog under general anesthesia to not remove a non-problematic lump and a variety of other issues.
 

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vets are people. there are good ones and ones who lost sight of what they were signing up for. I had a great vet when I lived in Colorado, he and I became hunting buddies. He was very fair but very specific and if you didn't do what he said, well, he sent you to the other vets.

We have a good vet now, our last good vet sold off and moved away (to so cal where he was going to double his salary)

I make sure to sniff for BS and we tend to do what we think is best which may not include all the things that they suggest.

Good luck man, it can be frustrating if you don't have your whole team kind of figured out when trouble comes.
 

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It's never the wrong time to do the right thing! I love my dogs and cats
Always there for me when i need a friend. :)
 

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Btw, why are they no vets willing to take your pets to sleep after a check at home ? If the condition is too bad, it would be better and the owner would probably not mind it. Maybe it exists, but not here.

That definitely exists. I have had to use this service three times over the last decade.
 

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if I take responcability for an animal, I dont care what species , its mine to look after till death do us part ,there is no qualm to vet costs , Harlo is worth his weight in platnum , he gets the finest care that can be given him, norbert on the other hand is hours of entertainment and is the funniest mouse I have ever seen ,he too gets special care and has no issue hanging off his cage to see what my kid is eating and reaches out side his cage to grab it .

Vets in canada have gone to school for a long time to learn their craft and if you find a good one they are worth keeping.
 

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I don't do vets anymore. It's always a ripoff. My wife's cat fell and hurt himself. I said keep an eye on him, he should be fine. She took him to the vet. The vet said keep an eye on him, he should be fine. $500.
 

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Trupanion pet insurance has saved our butts. Our dog just completed chemo for lymphoma. A $6k expense over several months. The insurance covered the bulk of the cost (and the cost of a spleen removal a few years ago). They’ve lost a ton of money on us.

Unfortunately the chemo was not successful, and my dog is now declining. Without the insurance our heartbreak would be coupled with a massive debt that would only prolong our grief.
 

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So you left your old vet. Went to a new vet.

Then decided to pop into your old vet. And are miffed the old vet won’t prescribe meds without records and a checkup?

Your post is very difficult to decipher. But if I did, the old vet’s response sounds about right to me.

What am I missing? Other than that agenda posts are prohibited. For good reason.
 
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I've got two pups. For the last couple of years I've spent more money on their health than I have on myself. But worse than the Vets are the dentists. I'm 75 my teeth aren't great but they'll last me for the time I've got left. I'm not in pain and I'm chewing and swallowing just fine. All I want is a simple cleaning which is covered by Medicare. But noooo! None of them will just simply clean my teeth as requested unless I first shell out the four thousand dollars of BS dental work that they say I supposedly can't live without. I don't need a pretty smile cause I ain't that pretty anyway. :mad:
 
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