Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service
04/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I came home and saw that my dog had a fairly severe eye injury. I brought her to my vet, but he was gone for the day and the staff referred me to the emergency vet. I have lots of experience with vets and, unfortunately, have had to see er vets in other areas before. They wouldn't even see my dog until I agreed to cough up a $108.00 fee upfront, then agree to pay cash upfront for any other charges that might occur. I didn't have enough money, so they said, :""Well, she might lose her eye, but if you can't pay, take her to your vet in the morning."" Thankfully, her eye is fine and she didn't need vet care, but good luck to the pet owners of Duluth if anything happens to their beloved pets.
Also, they do cremations there...saw all of the boxes there on the front desk. I guess they can make even more money if they can euthanize your pet while you are there.
I brought my 13 year old dog into Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service on a Saturday night because she was having trouble standing and did not want to get up. I brought her to the clinic when she was able to stand and seemed ok, but I wanted her to be looked at by a veterinarian. The vet on call diagnosed her with a splenic tumor after having an ultrasound. The vet gave me two options. She needed an emergency surgery because of possible bleeding to remove the tumor or have her euthanized. I was given an estimate for the surgery of over $3,500! I was stunned at the cost and the grim diagnosis of my pet.
In shock and not sure what I should do, I called another veterinarian with whom I have had vet care in the past and asked for advice. This person said if the dog was stable, she could wait until Monday to be seen. However, there was a risk that she could bleed again from the tumor. I took that risk because I was not ready to say goodbye to my dog and could not afford the surgery.
On Monday, my regular vet gave me an estimate for the surgery and it was for $800 to $1,000, a significant difference in cost.
The Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service never talked to me about taking my dog home. They tried to strong arm me into paying the outrageous cost of surgery at the Emergency clinic and made me feel bad for making the decision to take her home. I am extremely happy that I did take that chance because I did have the tumor removed from my dog at her regular clinic and 4 weeks later she is a very active old lab.