My cat had been throwing up for two days and had diarrhea. He was lethargic and something was clearly wrong. I took him to this PLACE, this supposed veterinary hospital, on Tuesday evening. They took two X-Rays and ran some bloodwork. I was there for 4 hours, all told, and the bottom line was my cat had an obstruction in his stomach. The vet showed me the X-Rays, showed me the obstruction. The vet pointed it out to me. She said, ""There it is."" This is important for you to remember this. She showed me the obstruction on the X-Ray.
It was determined that my cat would stay overnight and they would try to get him to pass whatever it was. They gave me an estimate for this and I almost passed out. The estimate was $1,066 to $1,332. They would not even begin treatment until I paid 50% of this, or $533.00. I paid it. What else could I do? My cat was sick. I was then informed that if the obstruction did not pass on its own, they would need to do surgery. The estimate for this was $2,810 to $3,512.
With my head spinning, I left my cat in their care and went home. The following day, I waited until noon for them to call me, and when they didn't, I called them. The same vet said they had taken additional X-Rays and the obstruction had moved, but was still in his stomach. She said she would call me later with an update.
At 4:00 she did call, and what she told me baffled me into utter speechlessness. She said, and I quote, ""It doesn't appear that your cat has an obstruction after all. It looks like the image on the X-Ray is actually his stomach.""
She mistook my cat's stomach for an obstruction. A trained veterinarian. I was completely shocked and extremely angry. I asked her what was wrong with my cat then, if it's not an obstruction. She stated that she did not know, but they would be happy to keep him overnight again to monitor him. Another overnight stay at this incompetent place would have cost an additional $500. I said no thank you and went to retrieve my cat from these unprofessional and utterly clueless people.
When I got there, they wanted me to pay the remaining balance of $433.00 before they would give my cat back to me. I refused. I spoke to the supervisor and then to the medical director. They stated that it was not a misdiagnosis, but rather they were ruling out an obstruction. Why then, did the veterinarian point out to me, on the X-Ray, the exact location of the ""obstruction""? Why then, did this same veterinarian tell me today at noon that the obstruction appeared to have moved? It was a blatant misdiagnosis, not a ruling out, and I was thoroughly disgusted by all of this.
Bottom line, they would not give my cat back until I paid the remaining balance, so I paid $976.00 for them to misdiagnose my cat and then tell me they don't know what is wrong with him. When they gave him back to me, he smelled awful and had feces in his fur. I will never use this animal hospital again and I urge anyone with a pet to go elsewhere. They are incompetent and charge way too much. I have already consulted an attorney and am considering legal action.