|08-31-2013 01:37 PM|
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|08-31-2013 01:35 PM|
Our human society will do certain surgeries and things if you call them they maybe able to get you into a local clinic in the area stay could help. They will do things much cheaper than the vets office, including shots, nails, teeth, meds and microchips. Good luck.
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|08-31-2013 01:31 PM|
UPDATE AFTER VET APPOINTMENT
Well, turns out the half inch in diameter lump is a benign (not harmful) tumour. No reason why it occurred there but the vet told me it is not unusual and to watch for growth. He informed me it will not likely disappear but should get smaller over time. If it gets significantly bigger he said it might be a good idea to remove it. He also said since it under the skin and not in tissue it should not present any future problems.
My dog has been biting at the top of his tail and he told me that it was likely fleas which I was unaware of because my other dog does not have fleas. I am mentioning this because I thought it was symptomatic of Kal trying to tell me he has cancer/is in pain; luckily it was just fleas. I was given the prescription Comfortis that kills fleas for up to 30 days. The vet informed me that this was due to the increased resistance of fleas to Frontline and similar monthly preventatives. I keep my dogs clean and haven't noticed any flea bites on myself so I thought his self-biting was an indication of something else.
Also the vet told me that no one does localized anesthesia for the removal of tumours anymore due to the nature of the not knowing what the dog would do under removal. He said it could be done but would be very leery of doing it himself (I still believe that I could do it though because Kal is very calm).
Thanks for all your advice.
|08-22-2013 11:43 AM|
1) As others mentioned, try a different vet.
2) If cost is an issue, apply for a credit card, and pay it off.
3) My past experiences in life tell me that the cheapest can turn out to be the most expensive. One slip up, and then you're really screwed.
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|08-22-2013 11:19 AM|
|08-22-2013 11:01 AM|
My vet isn't cheap, but I like her, and she's 3 minutes from my house.
This morning I had a lump removed from my dog's leg. The total was $331. 42 for exam, 50 for local anesthesia, 149 for "surgery", and 90 for pathology. She had no idea what it was so asked if I wanted it analysed.
Good luck with your dog.
ETA: I had it removed because my dog was licking it and irritating him. I'm surprised he could feel it.
|08-22-2013 09:56 AM|
What? A tongue depressor in a Canadian hospital cost $10 - we just don't pay directly.
I can't walk into my vet's office for less than $80. If it's a boil or pimple like thing you can use an epsom salt paste and it will draw it out in a couple days, if it's a fatty tumor, you can just watch it for changes. I had a collie who was 2 weeks short of her 15th birthday when she was put down, she had a fatty tumor in her neck for the last 5 years of her life, my vet felt it, said it didn't feel like cancer, we did wait and see, it never got bigger, never irritated her and she wasn't put down due to cancer.
There are other topical creams you can use that reduce swelling and inflammation or as others have suggested, find another vet. I find it strange the vet can't say what it is by visual and physical examination.
|08-22-2013 03:30 AM|
I have been to vet's offices in the past and could have tried my usual vet (a month long wait btw), but the whole cancerous tumour scare made me seek any qualified vet who could see me ASAP.
So last week, I called various new vet offices to get an appointment ASAP. They all uniformly charge the same $45 office call. I mistakenly thought that this indicated that all the vets charged relatively the same price for similar procedures performed.
Based on this I went to the vet in the very upscale neighborhood thinking I would get better care. Monday's vet's office is very clean with oil painting of pets on the walls and looks like a renovated Victorian house. Little did I realize that the in-house and service charges would vary by so much.
Your friend's experience sounds similar to mine. $1000 vs. $300 and being guilt-tripped into paying "whatever the cost!!!!" by careless spending know-nothings who insinuate that I am being cheap and not prudent.
|08-22-2013 01:37 AM|
I am glad you are getting some help with this from other sources. It really does sound like you need a new, good vet. They aren't all like this.
Ask the shelter manager you talked to to recommend someone good who does some vetting for the shelter. That's likely to be someone with relatively low prices! Its very common for the cost of a procedure to vary by a huge margin from one clinic to another -- depending on overhead, how posh the office is, how big the staff is, etc.
For example, I know a vet that quoted an adopter of a shelter dog over $1000 to treat heartworm disease. That person instead paid just $300 through a vet I know who used to work at the shelter, just opened a private practice, and is committed to low-cost, quality care for dogs adopted from the shelter. Blood work costs $40 at one clinic in a not-great part of town, or $85 at another in an upscale part of town. Same assay panel, report is nearly identical. The list goes on and on.
The flip side of this is that if I go to the place that does the $40 bloodwork, I not only have to drive 45 minutes, but they don't take appointments (walk in only) so it's almost always a 60-90 minute wait in a grungy, run-down building with uncomfortable chairs. For the convenience of seeing my favorite vet 5 minutes away, in his gorgeous new facility, where there's never a wait....I pay more.
|08-22-2013 01:08 AM|
I actually took Kal to a girl who is a manager at a major dog shelter this evening. She told me not worry and that often dogs come in with the same lumps. The only way to tell is by biopsy with certainty and sometimes an aspiration is adequate.
She agreed that the vet whom I had seen was charging too much. She said that quoted rate to me was ****ING 3X what I should be paying and I was wise to leave. What I remember as most unsettling was when the vet said "It's not good news but I don't know what it is either until I get the outsourced lab results back!" (So listen bitch, is it good news or bad news?).
I was also told that due to the physiognomy of dogs you can't tell by feel, (you can get a strong idea) but whatever the vet said was alarmism and scare-tactics. And oddly when I called the vet this morning the receptionist said it was a drained cyst was noted on Kal's chart but cells were to be sent anyway to the lab. I was not told that it was a drained cyst yesterday by the veterinarian!
So there is a strong possibility that it was just a drained cyst, which is currently inflammed due to the aspiration and in all likelihood benign. It also explained why I was pushed so hard byt the vets office to get all my pre-surgical testing out of the way yesterday (because lo and behold, I would have never ****ing needed it!).
My initial feelings of reservation at the vet's office were likely correct afterall! Anyway, most importantly I was given the contact information for a reasonably priced vet for surgical procedures. Next week I plan on getting an appointment and unbiased diagnosis.
But we shall see...I will update after getting examination & lab results next week. Hopefully he won't need surgery, but if for some reason I need to perform it myself I will follow your advice and post it to youtube.
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