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By: Shelby D.
Meyer Veterinary Clinic
Took my dog in for an eye infection and they wanted to do all these unnecessary tests and the bill came to be $300. The infection just got worse and caused her cornea to rupture. They told me the only option was to remove her eye or go to a specialist but they more than likely wouldn't be able to save it. They also told me that it would be $6-8,000 to remove the eye at the specialist but only $800 there so I should do it there. Well I didn't want my dog to lose her eye so I took her to the ophthalmologist and they said that her case wasn't even that bad and that I had two options to save her eye-medicininal therapy or surgery. I opted for surgery because it had a higher success rate and it was costly, but it was $2,800 NOT $6,000+ that they (Meyer Vet) told me it would be. They also told me that she lost sight and sensation in that eye but the specialist said both were still intact. Thank god I took her for her consult and she is now recovering from her surgery with a fully functional eye. So moral of the story- please get a second opinion and don't fall for their tricks to try to get you to spend your money there. It almost seemed like they didn't care if my dog lost her eye so they were trying to talk me out of seeing the specialist, but had to tell me about the option for legal reasons. They grossly exaggerated the cost to try to pressure me into denying the consult with the ophthalmologist. Get that second opinion please!
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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