|Oh dear God! Tyler visited with a
veterinarian who is the equivalent of Bozo the
Apparently the good vet is Dr. Obrian senior.
But on that Monday only
Dr. Obrian Jr. was available. The kid was tall, good looking -
but he was oddly dressed in head turning surgical garb.
It was so phony I wondered if it was Halloween.
Then Obrian Jr. talked
so long I became bored listening to him. He didn't bother to touch my
dog. He lectured me on what a "hot spot" is - until
I stopped him by stating I had already studied that
on the Internet. His speech seemed to me to be
nothing but a fishing trip
to see how much money I'd part with.
The handsome young doctor realized I was expecting
him to stop talking and do something for my dog to
get relief from his terrible itching. I interrupted
him and said "If you're going to shave the dog, why
don't you just 'do it'?"
That woke him up from his rambling. He was trying to
make it a huge deal but I headed that off - No, you
are not going to do in out of my site. You will
shave him with me holding him.
A tech came in and Tyler calmly allowed them to
shave an area the size of piece of paper over his
butt. Wow, that was all Maze Animal Hospital was
going to do! That took about 30 seconds. (Tyler is
very well trained to allow me to do anything to him
- touch him anywhere, inspect his teeth, trim his
nails, wash him, groom him, etc.).
I was charged $150 despite being
told (when I called first) on the phone it was $47
to see a dog. I guess the $100 additional charge was
for the celebrity appearance of the young doctor who
is obviously quite smitten with himself.
I get an excellent hair cut from Supercuts for what
is it now $12? So how is it $150 for 30 seconds of
clipper work at Maze? Next time I'll take Tyler to
the barber in town!
What I found appalling about this appointment at
Maze was the lack of motivation on the part of the
"doctor" to understand the cause of the problem, or
the treatment of it, or the prognosis. Having maxed
out my willingness to pay he departed for good.
Later a tech tried to spray betamethasone on the
lesions exposed after shaving. The bottle was 95%
empty so the woman sprayed with nothing coming out.
After several pumps it spurted some liquid and Tyler
flinched in pain. She left the bottle on the table
and left. I looked at the contents with included
isopropyl alcohol. My GOD! My dog is in distress,
very upset about what has happened to him and needs
something soothing to be applied. And you spray
alcohol on his open wounds?
When she came back it was to write a check for $150
and I never saw her again either. I watched the
clocked for a full 15 minutes, then left. We'd been
there 1 hour and 15 minutes. The take home
antibiotics & prednisone pills or my receipt for the
"veterinary care" was never given to me.
Poor Tyler was frantic with his itching so I headed
to PetSmart and spent $30 on Hydrocortisone
medicated shampoo, hydrocortisone lotion, Pain
Relieving lotion, and a spray bottle of Hot Spot
made from tea tree oil and aloe vera.
The young narcissistic doctor had ripped me off but
never cared about relieving Tyler's suffering.
Well, I did care! Right there in PetSmart I
smeared the soothing lotion on his back and told him
"You didn't do anything wrong, Tyler! You're a
It is now my duty to warn the community about this poor
medical care and excessive charges by documenting this
episode on tylerthewonderdog.com.
Older vets, in my experience, are often great care givers.
But alas we are all reaching retirement age and my good vets
have gone off to fishing in the abundant streams somewhere
• Vet fished for money; didn't seem at all concerned
• Charged $150 even though I was told it would be
$47 on the phone.
• Provided no topical pain relief - instead sprayed
alcohol on open sores
|Questions on the paperwork
I was required to fill out asked if I "...considered my pet as a member of the family
and wanted the best medical care money can
buy?" ____Yes? ___No?
I wrote in a third category that I checked:
_√_He's a dog!