BEWARE: ""Teeth Cleaning""
I took my pet dog in for an examination about a 3 weeks ago, and during the course of the exam, the vet found ONE (1) front tooth to be slightly wobbly, and he indicated that all of her other teeth were fine, but recommended that she have her teeth cleaned, and indicated that the wobbly tooth might have to be removed.
Consequently, I made an appt for a week later to have her teeth cleaned. The quoted fee was $180, and because I am not working, I felt that $200 would be my absolute limit.
When I arrived with my dog, I had to sign an authorization that gave the vet the right to extract whatever teeth he determined should be removed.
In retrospect, this form is there for a reason, specifically, that Banning Veterinary has had prior problems (legal I assume) as a consequence of being overly aggressive in tooth extraction.
I also asked to speak with the vet before I let my dog go, but all I got was an assistant, who I again explained my employment situation to, and what my expectations were for this visit.
When I returned to pick up my dog, I was informed that they had removed nine (thats right, 9 !! ) teeth.
That is about 25% of all of her teeth. She is also an older dog.
I was LIVID, but powerless to turn back the clock on what had just been done to her.
As I was checking out, ANOTHER owner was picking up his dog, and his dog ALSO had nine (9) teeth removed.
(BTW: 9 teeth = $100 extra in charges.)
THE BILL: Was OVER 200% of what I had been told, or TWICE what I couldn't afford.
WORSE: My dog was heavily drugged, and in obvious pain. Remember, she is over 70 dog years old.
So the lessons that I now have seared into my mind, and the recommendations I am suggesting anyone follow, regardless of where you may consider having this done.
However, I would ABSOLUTELY adhere to the following at Banning Veterinary.
1) Speak to the vet that will perform the