Hoboken vets & rat poison
Pet owners: has your dog ever come close to getting fatally poisoned??
This past Friday, as I was getting out of the shower to get ready for a lunch meeting, I noticed my dog was eating something strange. It was one of the rat poison sticks that the exterminator had left when I was having my mouse problem tended to. He ate one whole stick.
Mind you, the exterminator knew I had a dog, and just told me to keep him away from the bug spray for an hour until it dried. He was just tossing these sticks in places to combat my mice problem (such as behind the stove, in corners, by radiators).
He obviously didn’t have good aim, and Oscar was able to eat one (I was pissed after I just provided him with a fresh bowl of gourmet dog food). Knowing I had a pet, these poison sticks should have been placed in pet-friendly containers, but I’ll bring that up with the exterminating company.
Treatment and costs
I drive Oscar there, and upon arrival I immediately felt I was in slow motion. An hour and a half to “treat” him (with no other animals there). I brought an example of which stick he ate, but they didn’t know what it was. I had to call the exterminator and they faxed the spec sheet (“Final” Blox brand rat poison).
Here’s what they did. They “examined him”, then weighed him. They tried inducing vomiting through special eye drops ($128 emesis induction). That didn’t work. Then they gave him a Vitamin K1 injection ($48). He then puked up the poison stick.
He looked fine to me. The treatment recommended was a dose of activated charcoal powder (which they were supposed to do there, but made me do it – causing a great mess here in the process – but hey, the gave it to me for “free” wow), and two vitamin K1 pills daily ($108). Total tab was almost $400! They also wanted me to come back for bloodwork ($100 or more, depending). Does this seem like a racket to you? The vet said that herself and TWO techs were required to treat my kind and gentle dog. Is it normal to charge a $100 “emergency” fee during business hours? It wasn’t after-hours, it was the middle of the day!
I wish I would have gone to Edgewater General Animal Hospital, which I have heard nothing but good things about, and I’d probably have $200 more in my pocket.
Am I just unaware that these costs are “standard” in Hoboken? Is this how much all vets cost? Please tell me I’m not wrong for feeling a bit ripped off. If that’s the way it is when you own a pet, then perhaps I should have done a little research ahead of time, my bad!