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  1. #1
    Jennifer Huff
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    Default Speaking of dogs.....

    Last week I took my Lab to the vet. She had a growth on her chest

    which has gotten bigger since we first noticed it this summer. So,

    the vet took a small syringe and drew out some part of the growth. He

    put it onto 2 slides and sent them off to be tested (cytology I

    believe is what I was charged for). My husband (the non-medical

    person) took the call from the vet while I was at work. The vet said

    that it was a melanoma, but that until they took it off and had it

    tested, they wouldn't know if it was malignant or benign. What the

    heck did I just pay $112 for!!!!! How can they test it to find out it

    is melanoma, but not know if it is cancerous or not? Anyone run into

    this? I just spent $450 last week on all her shots, tests, exam,

    heartworm and flea/tick meds and now this!!! Obviously, she is part

    of our family and young (4yo) so we will get this removed, but I just

    wonder why they couldn't tell me straight up if it was malignant or

    not. Thanks if anyone knows anything.

    Jennifer








  2. #2
    lisa griffeth
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    OMG...what part of the country do you live in? Our rabies and ADHPPV vaccinations together are $27- bordetella adds $11. A heartworm test is $16.50...and if you get vaccinations done, you don't pay for the office call ($28)...and you still get a free physical exam. A fecal exam is $12- heartworm (heartgard) protection for a dog under 25lbs is $25 for 6 months supply. As to the cytology, the quality of the sample has lots to do with the quality of the results. If the slide was not prepared properly or there weren't lots of cells in the fluid/matter collected, then therelikely wasn't enough there for them to make a 100% statement- yes, cancer- no, cancer. Plus, with some people if they don't think it is cancer, they won't let the vet remove the mass.... I hope your dog does well with the upcoming surgery...remember that you have a right to question things that you don't get a goodfeeling about-
    there are plenty of veterinarians in the world and competition is always a good thing... Lisa G in GA
    Jennifer Huff <gjhuff44@earthlink.net> wrote: Last week I took my Lab to the vet. She had a growth on her chest
    which has gotten bigger since we first noticed it this summer.
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  3. #3
    Jennifer Huff
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    Default Speaking of dogs.....

    I live in MA just west of Boston. Yes, EVERYTHING here seems to be

    very expensive. I was having a discussion on another group with

    people about housing costs. There is NOTHING here under $300,000 for

    a home. You might be able to get a 1-bedroom condo for less, but that

    is it. Fortunately we bought 10yrs ago so we have some equity in the

    house, but unfortunately we've refinance a couple of times and still

    owe alot. Anyway, thanks for the thought about the dog situation. I

    will talk to our vet about the price. And I will be more careful

    about what they are actually testing for each time. I don't know how

    much we actually need, if it is all needed or what.

    Jennifer








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    Thomas & Tracy Harris
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    because they did not do a biopsy, and they should have.

    Thomas & Tracy Harris
    TNT Quarter Horses home of:
    TNTS Jack Be Blue - 2004 AQHA Buckskin Stallion
    TNTS Medicine Man - 2005 AQHA Perlino Stallion

    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Jennifer Huff
    To: Budget 101
    Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:17 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Speaking of dogs.....

    Last week I took my Lab to the vet. She had a growth on her chest
    which has gotten bigger since we first noticed it this summer. So,
    the vet took a small syringe and drew out some part of the growth. He
    put it onto 2 slides and sent them off to be tested (cytology I
    believe is what I was charged for). My husband (the non-medical
    person) took the call from the vet while I was at work. The vet said
    that it was a melanoma, but that until they took it off and had it
    tested, they wouldn't know if it was malignant or benign. What the
    heck did I just pay $112 for!!!!! How can they test it to find out it
    is melanoma, but not know if it is cancerous or not? Anyone run into

    this? I just spent $450 last week on all her shots, tests, exam,
    heartworm and flea/tick meds and now this!!! Obviously, she is part
    of our family and young (4yo) so we will get this removed, but I just
    wonder why they couldn't tell me straight up if it was malignant or
    not. Thanks if anyone knows anything.
    Jennifer




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    lisa griffeth
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    Default Speaking of dogs.....

    That explains a lot!LOL Where I am in GA it is still possible to purchase 1 ac of land with an 1800 square foot home (less than 5yrs old)for less than 160,000 (with a little effort and searching). You need a Rabies yearly. You ideally would do the ADHPPV yearly. Cost wise, for me here it is cheaper to vaccinate for Bordetella than to treat later w/antibiotics...you'd have to ask your vet.We have seen Bordetella here this Summer w/o any history of boarding, grooming, or contact w/other dogs...not sure how it is spreading anymore. Heartworm is your next biggest thing (IMO)- one of the flea/tick/heartworm or heartworm/internal parasite combination medications may help save you some money in the long run. Revolution does heartworm protection and fleas.There are other products that double up on what they treat- it may be a small savings, but it all adds up. Down
    here, we give heartworm preventative 12 mo-year round. We have had more and more people move into our area from Northern areas where they only give the products about 6mo of the year. Here it never gets cold enough to 100% kill the mosquitoes...that might be an option to save if you are comfortable with the risks involved. If you have specific questions about tests, etcthat have been done or are suggested, you might post to the board (or me off line) and we may have extra information to add to what your vet is telling you. The most important thing for your pocket book is to be informed- when they say "we usually do A,B,C,D...." ask them what each is for, what the cost is and <why> they suggest doing it. Only Rabies is required by law in our state- everything else is up to the owner. Sometimes it is a fine line between getting your animal friends everything they need and feeling like you are adding a
    new wing on the veterinary clinic! HTH LisaG. in GA

    Jennifer Huff <gjhuff44@earthlink.net> wrote: I live in MA just west of Boston. Yes, EVERYTHING here seems to be
    very expensive.



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  6. #6
    Thomas & Tracy Harris
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    actually, we massively over vaccinate. The initial puppy series if done properly gives them lifetime protection.

    Do the research, just don't take my word for it.

    Thomas & Tracy Harris
    TNT Quarter Horses home of:
    TNTS Jack Be Blue - 2004 AQHA Buckskin Stallion
    TNTS Medicine Man - 2005 AQHA Perlino Stallion

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: lisa griffeth
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 10:49 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: Speaking of dogs.....


    That explains a lot!LOL Where I am in GA it is still possible to purchase 1 ac of land with an 1800 square foot home (less than 5yrs old)for less than 160,000 (with a little effort and searching).

    You need a Rabies yearly. You ideally would do the ADHPPV yearly. Cost wise, for me here it is cheaper to vaccinate for Bordetella than to treat later w/antibiotics...you'd have to ask your vet.We have seen Bordetella here this Summer w/o any history of boarding, grooming, or contact w/other dogs...not sure how it is spreading anymore.

    Heartworm is your next biggest thing (IMO)- one of the flea/tick/heartworm or heartworm/internal parasite combination medications may help save you some money in the long run. Revolution does heartworm protection and fleas.There are other products that double up on what they treat- it may be a small savings, but it all adds up.

    Down here, we give heartworm preventative 12 mo-year round. We have had more and more people move into our area from Northern areas where they only give the products about 6mo of the year. Here it never gets cold enough to 100% kill the mosquitoes...that might be an option to save if you are comfortable with the risks involved.

    If you have specific questions about tests, etcthat have been done or are suggested, you might post to the board (or me off line) and we may have extra information to add to what your vet is telling you. The most important thing for your pocket book is to be informed- when they say "we usually do A,B,C,D...." ask them what each is for, what the cost is and <why> they suggest doing it. Only Rabies is required by law in our state- everything else is up to the owner.

    Sometimes it is a fine line between getting your animal friends everything they need and feeling like you are adding a new wing on the veterinary clinic!
    HTH

    LisaG. in GA

    Jennifer Huff <gjhuff44@earthlink.net> wrote:


    I live in MA just west of Boston. Yes, EVERYTHING here seems to be
    very expensive.






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