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    Hooch has been vomiting the last 2 days. Took him to vet.
    Apparently the marrow bones we have been giving him are making him sick.
    I just wanted to give him something to chew on instead of my furniture. He likes his Kongs but LOVES marrow bones.
    Well no more marrow bones for him.
    Vet cost for today $237!!! whaaaaaa????
    Insurance is covering 80% of it but that is alot of money. (she ended up doing an x-ray on him and gave him an injection).
    2 months and so much drama!
    I hope it all settles now.

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    that's cheap for an xray.

    and that would be why my dog does not get bones. or really fatty food.

    it could have been worse - a friend just spent $6000 getting a bone out of her dog.

    I'm surprised the insurance is covering it. My excess would just about be that much, and then 80% of what's left - why ruin ability to claim if there is a really serious bone caused problem - because - I don't know about your cover, but mine will only cover each type of event once. Ie if I claim for a problem with something she ate - they will pay once and then they won't pay for that again.

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    Wow I think you might want to look at other insurances?
    I am with Medibank.. they will cover 80% of everything. No excess. I pay $19 a fortnight.
    I dont think they limit how many times you can claim on each sickness?

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    Actually I just read the PDS of my insurance after what you had said Hyacinth - it does say that they will not cover:
    more than 1 incident of swallowing a foreign object that
    causes a blockage or obstruction requiring surgical or
    endoscopic removal

    However nothing had to be removed, they just saw a tiny fragment in his stomach which the vet said should pass no problem.

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    Vets are very frustrating, a few months ago Meika developed a big rash under her neck so I took her to the vet thinking it was an allergy (my partner had mowed the lawn a day earlier and didn't use the catcher) and he tried to tell me it was from her collar rubbing even though the rash wasn't where the collar sits. I couldn't understand why a collar that she had been wearing for 6 months was suddenly rubbing her and he suggested using a harness on our walks so the collar wasn't pulled tight, when I told him we did use a harness all he said was "well thats strange". I convinced him to give me some antibiotics to help with the damaged hair follicles and he sent us on our merry way with a $120 consult and $17 worth of antibiotics. I couldn't believe that a vet would charge $120 to simply say 'her collar is rubbing'!. The antibiotics cleared the rash up and she still wears the same collar to this day and we haven't had a problem since so it clearly wasn't from it rubbing. Needless to say we haven't gone back there since.

    Another terrible vet story, the day after we bought Molly home from the shelter she started showing signs of kennel cough so we took her to the emergency vet (it was a sunday) and paid through the roof to get her examined which was understandable as it was after hours. I casually mentioned to the vet how I was looking forward to putting some weight on her and the vet said 'she looks fine to me, I like them on the skinny side', I will attach some photos and let you see just how skinny she was for a labX! After the kennel cough cleared up I took her to another vet to get the all-clear and he seemed alright until I asked him what the incubation period for kennel cough was just in case Meika had caught it and wasn't showing signs (she's vaccinated but I was still worried) and he couldn't even tell me that! So that's another vet crossed off our list, if he doesn't even know one of the basic questions about a very common illness then I'm definitely not going to trust him with more serious dog problems.

    So our hunt for a good vet continues... (and don't get me started on all the bad vet's I've had for my horses! haha! Including one who charged me $5 per needle tip he used to put my horse to sleep PLUS what was in the injection)

    34708_3662586773723_1546331024_33046679_888663935_n.jpgMolly1.jpg

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    She is so skinny!! I think when the ribs show it is when you need to worry.. poor girl.
    I am looking for a good vet also. Apparently - hard to find!!

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    Hopefully that will be all good.

    PDS are pretty scary. Mine is Pet Insurance Australia - it wasn't worth my while to change to medibank even though I use that for me. PIA costs close to $300 pa which is a bit better than $19/fortnight (or $500pa), but there is a $100 excess. I don't mind a big excess if the premium is cheaper. What I'm worried about is not the <$1000 bills but the ones in multiples of $1000...
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 05-10-2012 at 03:35 PM.

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    Hi Bunny-girl... sorry that Hooch has been in the wars again.

    I do think your vet bill was very reasonable for the services performed... if that was a human medical treatment, your Xray would be around the $400, plus 'consult' fee, plus your doctors visit fee to even arrange for an xray... all in all, you got out of it cheap, even without an 80% refund from insurance (IMO)

    Vets go through medical school too, their degrees are just as expensive as a GP qualification... plus they then have to outlay all that money on their equipment (if in an independant practice), as well as earn a living - so, yep, Vet bills are going to be expensive.

    Robart charges a $45 consult fee for 15 minutes - about $40 cheaper than my GP, who gives you 10 minutes, is always running behind because most people take more than the allotted time, and doesn't actually give a crap about me or my issues - yet my Vet knows who I am when I ring, who my dog is, what the issues are, and has answers when I need them. I rue the day when he retires!

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    My wallet is due to be raped at 4.00pm tomorrow.

    Fingers crossed it's the last time for a while. (touchwood)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkest View Post
    Robart charges a $45 consult fee for 15 minutes - about $40 cheaper than my GP, who gives you 10 minutes, is always running behind because most people take more than the allotted time, and doesn't actually give a crap about me or my issues - yet my Vet knows who I am when I ring, who my dog is, what the issues are, and has answers when I need them. I rue the day when he retires!
    I would love a vet like that!!

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