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Old 04-08-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Vet never even called me back!!!!

I posted last week about Aiden brother Harley. He went in 3/27/09 to be neutered. Had 3 - 3 inch incisions..."looking for" an undescended testicle. On the fallowing Thursday he was opened about an inch and 1/2 and his facia was hanging out. We took him to the emergency clinic,and over $700.00 later we were home. I called to talk to our vet. I left a message and he has not called me back. I know he knows about what happened,because when I called his staff member said,"We just were reading his OR report,how is he doing? I told her fine,but I was very upset. She took my cell # and....NOTHING!!!!! This man used to practice where I used to go,but opened his own place just 1 year ago. I referred so many people to him. Aiden had the same thing happen to him last February,but his "stuff" was not hanging out. That visit cost me a little under $200.00. He never offers a E-collar. I just wanted to talk to him ,and suggest he help me with this huge debt he cost me and take my suggestion to offer the #$%@#% collar. What would you do?? I have made an appointment,just because it's the only way to confront him on this issue. I'm going to let him remove the stitches and then I'll give him to my DH and if this FREAK want's me to come in his office,rather than do the deed over the phone...THEN SO BE IT!!!!!!!:thumb down
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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You have every right to be angry. He owes you a phone call, if anything
to see how his patient is doing. It's obvious he is avoiding facing up
to his mistake, again. I did read your post and cringed when I did about
your little one's stiches coming out as well as his insides.
I would be shaking in anger. Try and keep your cool and get it across
to him that you expect this to be his responsiblity in paying for the
ER bill. An no Harley did not chew his stitches out. Just a thought that
he might come up with.
Good luck with that visit. I hope you can keep hubby calm, at least
until you get reimbursed and I hope you do.
I would then be looking for a new vet.

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Old 04-09-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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Well I hope this vet apologizes and pays the bill as he should. But I do have one question after Aiden had an incident involving this vet, why would you use him again? I'm only trying to understand, because I know I try at times to give people the benefit of the doubt and I was just wondering if that was the case here.
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Wow! He needs to make this right.

Bernie's surgeon left a sponge inside. When he started to bleed from his hip (months after the surgery) and my vet found the sponge during an exploratory surgery (to find out the cause of the bleeding), the surgeons office not only issued me an apology, but they covered the entire cost of the the exploratory surgery. No questions asked.

Perhaps your vet asked a staff member to follow up and pay the fee and the staff is to blame...
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He still hasn't called you?!!! I would be livid. I think I would have to just show up at his office. Since he doesn't have the courtesy to call you, then I don't think he deserves any. Boy, I hope that he takes responsibility because word of mouth is the best advertisement or the worst liability to a business. Good luck Melissa. Will be thinking of you. How is little Harley doing?
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:48 AM   #6
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I have not heard anything. I made an apt with him for stitch removal on Monday the 13th. I figured if he can't call me back than my husband and I will go there....Not going to be pretty. I hope he has a lobby full of people,if he refuses to pay my vet bill,he'll be sued!!!! I'll let you all know...say a prayer I don't end up in jail. I'm looking for another vet. I know one of the posts asked me why i went back to him. When Aiden pulled his staples out,the incision was only open a tiny bit,but i did'nt want to risk an infection. He only had the outside layer open. Harley was totally open all 3 layers....The emergency vet told me that if I waited 1 day ,his risk of infection would have been much worse. He said that his outer staple being out was a blessing,because whoever sewed him up inside did'nt do it right..and i have the OP report to prove it.
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id make a copy of that ER report...just so they have the one YOU have and theres no discrepency.

Good luck and keep us updated. Oh and I'd tell everyone and anyone you know about your incident...so they dont go there either.

Hope your baby feels better soon.
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They already had the OP report,because when I called to speak to him,they said "Oh how is he doing,we were all reading about him this morning,they faxed over the report" I told her he was still shaky and out of it and I wanted to speak to the vet...No CAll EVER...I'm telling everyone about him...The problem in this area is not allot of good vets around. The one I was considering shaved a female kittens nipples off while doing her spay and said nothing to my friend,until she flipped her lid????? I just don't understand...
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Just thought this may come in handy....and you may want to add your own comment. VetRatingz.com - Show State/Prov.s
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Wow, I'm sorry this happened to your guy! How scary and maddening at the same time! I don't know if the collar would work, but I do know that some Vet's use what they call a "running" stitch.. which can untie like a basting stitch that holds nothing once it lets go. They use it out of laziness. To prevent this from happening, I alway request a knotted stitch, where they knot each stitch individually. I once had a female that "dissed" after a C-Section and she actually died with her guts laying out! I've never seen such a horrible, sickening thing in my life. I still can't think about it without losing it! There is no excuse for the running stitch and risking the lives of our babies!
I can't believe he's not returning your phone calls! Go get him!
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Make sure you have pictures. The Vet should be ashamed of himself for not calling you back. He needs to pay up....Good Luck
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Update after vet visit?
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Besides the money, worry and heartache this vet has caused, just the fact he didn't even bother to call would make me be on the look out for a new vet. I can just take mine in for allergies or anything they might give meds for and she will call to see how they are doing. I thank God for a good vet. I hope you can recover some of the money you have been out and find a good vet elsewhere. Hope that baby does fine too. I don't know if I would even want him to take the stitches out but I know you have to go in to be able to confort him. Hope it works out.
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I'm so sorry this happened to your baby. How did the visit go today?
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