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Mason Road Animal Clinic Complaint - Dying Dog - Veterrinary Services

Review by So sad in Katy on 2010-10-08
KATY, TEXAS -- Last year my dog was diagnostic with a tumor on her spleen, after taking her to the vet for vomiting. $1200 later, we put her on ID and she has been fine. She started vomiting again this week and we tryed to get some nausea medication to keep her comfortable, afterall she is 13 years old. So he wouldn't give us the medication without running another $200+ worth of test. I have been using Dr. Hoffpauir for almost 30 years and his has always gone out of his way to help with our dying animals. Now all he wants is money - so sad to see my dog suffer. But before I give him another dime I'll pay twice as much somewhere else. So sad in Katy!!
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-10-11
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-08:
I would think that after a year, new tests would have to be run.
Posted by clutzycook on 2010-10-08:
all the OP wants is to keep her dog comfortable. It sounds like no matter what is ailing the dog, the OP isn't going to pursue treatment. I don't think it's too out of line to simply get a nausea medication. Maybe you should seek out a different vet.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-08:
The OP already said "But before I give him another dime I'll pay twice as much somewhere else."

So, is money really the issue?
Posted by clutzycook on 2010-10-08:
I think it's more about quality of life than anything. If the dog is 13 years old, how much time would any treatment give the dog and would it be a good life or just a painful existence?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-10-08:
Tough choices, Seems as if the Vet is trying to do what's best for the animal, not your pocket book. Good for the vet, seems as if he has been there for you and your critters.
a few different thoughts:
1. let the dog suffer
2. put it to sleep.
3. Let the vet do his job and do what's best for the dog.
Good Luck.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-10-08:
If you've decided to just make your dog comfortable then find a vet who will honor your wishes. I'm sorry that you are faced with having to make this choice.
Posted by Skye on 2010-10-08:

I'm very sorry your precious dog is ill again. A vet will ask to do blood work and testing, to make sure there are NOT other things going on, that are also interfering with the health of your dog. It is not about the money for your doctor. He DOES not want to see your dog suffer, he wants what is best for her, and before he can prescribe anything after a year, he needs to diagnose her again. Asking to perform new tests for her is not unreasonable. You say you've been with this vet for over 30 years. In all those 30 years, if you were not happy with him, you would of gone elsewhere. I know it's very emotional time for all concerned.

In the end your dog will appreciate the greatest gift you can give her, peace.
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-10-08:
I am a bit shocked. You have been with this vet 30 years. 30 years! I would assume you had a good relationship with him.

I'm going to play devil's advocate here. I have had a pet for 1-1/2 years now, so I know a bit about how vets work. Your dog is vomiting. The vet may be unwilling to assume it is for the same reason it was last year, if this is not a regular medication.

I know if I discontinue worm mediation, they insist on doing a test before resuming worm medication. It may be the vet is concerned about harming your dog by not doing a proper diagnosis.

The fact you are willing to pay double elsewhere tells me something went wrong with your relationship prior to this year. Good luck to your dog.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-09:
Hey, look at what it costs for HUMANS to visit the doctor? Medications are expensive, operations are expensive......tests have to be run....sounds nothing unusual to me. Im sorry your dog is going through all of this, but she's 13.
Posted by Nadine1 on 2010-10-11:
Just FYI - Dr. Hoffpauir is not at Fry Road Animal Clinic. How about Mason Road Animal Clinic (The address listed above is on MASON ROAD, not FRY ROAD.)

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