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Let me start off by Timmy is 2 years and 7 months, never had a health problem. The only time he has gone to the vet is to get his nails clipped every three weeks and for his shots, when he was a pupppy. I am a firm believer that they do not need shots every year. But here is my story.

On Saturday I was at my fiancee's house, normal routine, Saturday night Timmy was his wonderful self, he is a very active boy, there is no medium switch on him, he is very active or asleep. Loves to play with his toys, loves to give great big kisses, just loves life.

Sunday morning I woke up...I slept in and my fiancee took him from his bed to the livingroom. I knew something was wrong when I was in the bathroom and I didn't see my Timmy, he always greets me with kisses and tail wags. He is such a funny and happy boy when he gets excited he puts his tail in between his legs and runs like crazy. I always say, "Timmy put on your helmet."

But that day there was no Timmy happy to see me. He was in his basket, shivering. But he tried to come out to see me, but he had his tail between his legs. Huge warning sign for me, I looked to see if maybe he had some poo poo stuck there. No it was all clear. He went back to his basket and whimpered. I tried picking him up and gave him kisses and he looked at me and still continued to whimper. This was a new thing that I have never heard from him before.

It was a Sunday, so I had to look up the closest emergency vet. We rushed him in his bed to the vet.

I am standing there with my little boy, and the receptionist keeps asking me for my zip code. I wanted to stangle her. Finally the vet sees him. I was shaking so bad.

She takes his temp. normal. She feels his stomach and he tensed up. So she thinks it is something with his stomach. Did he eat something bad, could he have picked up something off the floor? I had no idea. Timmy is a little billy goat who eats everything off the floor.

She told me they have to do blood work. Fine, okay, do whatever you have to. After two tries getting his blood, the whole time they are doing this I am in the waiting room. The blood work came out fine except that he was dehydrated. So my option was to keep him in the emer. vets or take him home, with syringes and morphine for the pain. She also gave him an anti-nausea shot.

$500 for this. I took him home and he was so lethargic from the morphine, he tried going into his bed and he couldn't walk. I called her and she said that was normal because of the morphine. I did not sleep the whole night. I was giving him water and morphine.

The next day he was still the same, not my happy little guy, gave him more water and another morphine shot in his mouth.

Took my little limp guy to his vet. For some reason both these vets fixated on his stomach. So they had to do xrays of this stomach. Told me to come back in 2 hours, without my little boy. Those were the longest 2 hours of my life.

Came back and I saw a calculator on the table. Oh, no, what is wrong. Showed me six xrays, this is his penis, this is his liver, on and on. Can we just get to the chase, What is wrong with my Timmy? He had no idea, but there was another blood test for pancreitis that he could do. Okay, lets do that. But after seeing all those xrays, I asked him if he has a luxating patella. He said I have no idea I did not xray that. But if the pancri. test comes back fine, they will have to do an ultrasound with a specialist for $1,500. So another $500 vet bill.

He gave some antibotics to give him, and Medical food to give him with a syringe and Nutrical. That night I had to feed Timmy with a sryinge and give him the Nutrical which he really liked.

Next morning he was still sick, gave him everything by the syringe. I was so worried by this time, I callled my mother to come over, and Timmy loves his Babi, she came over about 4 but by this time I asked Timmy if he wanted a liver chop and he wanted it, good news.

When my mother came over, he was so happy to see her, he ran around like crazy, but was limping on his back leg. It would give out when he tried to run.

He is great now, no limping, eating like crazy back to his normal food, but what in the hell did I pay $1,000 for. Wrong diagnosis by two vets. Makes me very mad.

Very long story, but I thought he had a good vet, who I trusted, but I can not trust him anymore. How do you find a good vet?

Happy Easter everyone.

Regina and Timmy
 

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oh my....god! i would of gone totally mad! that is crazy...some vets really dont know what they're doing at all! xrays for a luxating patella? u can tell sometimes when you feel their leg bones if it clicks or just feels out of place than normal without an xray! i think timmy was just not feeling well, dont think it was anything serious~ poor baby had to go through all that for nothing! but atleast its not totally nothing now u have xrays and bloodtests in your hands to know hes perfectly healthy! :lol:

happy easter! :albino:
 

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But I still have no idea if he has a lux. pat. because he was just taking xrays of his stomach. Crazy!!
im guessin they were takin xrays of his tummy since he wasnt feelin well and not eating? but as for the not bein able to walk...they really should've taken xrays of the leg more. bloodtests are the one thing vets always recommend for everything...sometimes it just doesnt make any sense at all~
 

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I am just so happy that Timmys okay. I work in the legal field and it would be very hard to get a penny back. But it is not right what these vets do, he is my baby, and at what price do you say I can not afford that?
 

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Thank you Shannon for looking up that link, but unfortunately my vet has the best rating online. I had a cat named Baby, and he looked after him, till his last day, to this day I wonder did he do everything for him, he died in my arms that same day.

I do not want to be a Debbie Downer here, they have a hard job, their patients can not tell them what is hurting, or what is wrong. But my biggest beef with them is the astronomical charges they bill us. Some people can not pay thousands of dollars or a hundred of dollars for their loved ones. And what happens then?
 

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I have to say that while it sucks that you paid that much and it wasn't his tummy, I think they both went about it the right way. Severe pain is often associated with internal issues and those issues can kill an animal quickly. I think they would have been negligent if that hadn't considered that first. Accidental ingestion of toxins or foreign objects is very common in dogs and can easily cause all of the symptoms you mentioned. I am glad he is feeling better now and it wasn't something more serious.
 

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Maybe I will upset some folks here, but I have learned with my chis that sometimes they just have an off day. They won't eat, or they're shaking, upset, soft stool, a little vomit . . . whatever. I live so far from everything that i can't rush them out to the vet. My big dogs NEVER have off days, but the little ones do seem to have days when they are just not doing well. Then they seem better the next day. I keep some pretty basic stuff on hand (first aid kit, pumpkin, rice, chicken). I had some big vet bills in the beginning, but then just gave them some time. I am sorry you had to go through that experience which cost you dearly. I hope Timmy will continue to be well. You are a good chi Mom.
 

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Finn, I have the opposite problem. My pit bulls have off days and lay around looking sick or have diarrhea or vomiting but my chihuahuas never do. I too tend to wait it out but I am an RN and I think a medical background makes it easier to judge the severity of some issues. It would have been much more difficult for me to wait it out before I had the knowledge and tools to problem solve on my own. I never would judge anyone for using a vet's expertise when they are uncertain about an issue. I agree that Timmy has the best mommy he could ask for.
 

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There are times I literally could not take anyone to the vet because we were snowed in and roads closed (and we are 20+ miles from the nearest vet who would also be closed). I tell them, "We're all in this together, Chi family!" I have been sooo lucky no one has had a serious problem during a bad storm.
 

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It is so hard to diagnose a chi with symptoms that could be anything at all....honestly I would have wanted the blood work and the x-rays myself for the kind of behavior you were seeing. If you have an athletic chi--they can over extend their capabilities--"big dog trick from a small dog body" Rico had an incident when he jumped onto something too high and pulled a muscle in his leg. I took him to the vet and his belly appeared fine, and I had noticed jump and the favouring of the other hind leg. Nothing broken--anti-inflamatoories for a couple of days and rest --all was well. My point is you never know. Vet bills are expensive. thank goodness he is okay now. I know it is scary when they are not well.
 
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