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How m,uch does your vet charge? Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby schildkroetenfan » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:22 pm

Went to Holly House Vets In Leeds and they charged me £60 (sixty pounds) for the initial consultation. They did nothing apart from ranting at me for about 10 min. Is this usual for specialist vets? Initially I wanted some hibernation advice, if possible worming and microchipping (45 pounds for microchipping), but was advised to have it all done another time.
It seemed a bit excessive really.
Their hibernation clinic, where they do the hibernation for you, costs 70 pounds a week, the whole hibernation for a month they quoted as 340 pounds!
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby Tortoise Trust » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:13 am

:o

Even 5 years ago, we were beginning to find the veterinary costs in the UK so high it was getting crazy.

I have no idea why it is so expensive there compared to other countries (even for the same thing).
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby bsmith » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:48 pm

Hi

I had a nasty experience with Holly House Vets a few years ago. They charged me £500 when I took my lethargic female to them. They kept her in for five days, tried removing eggs via her tail (and if they could'nt get them out they broke them inside her, so they told me). When I went to collect her on the Saturday, she was in a terrible state, she had to keep gasping for air through her mouth. They told me to take her home for the weekend and take her back on the Monday. I spent the whole weekend sitting with her, she was in such a terrible state. When I took her back on Monday they asked me to hold her while they checked up her rear end to see if she still had any eggs inside. It was heartbreaking. She had been so lethargic but when they inserted whatever it was to check for eggs, her head and legs stuck out as though she had been given an electric shock. It made me realise that, if they had been doing that to her every day they had her at the surgery there was no wonder she was worse when I collected her, she must have been totally stressed out and obviously in pain.

They then said there was nothing more they could do and put her to sleep.

Needless to say, I broke down in the surgery and had to wait in another room (presumably so other people wouldn't hear me). It was so sad (I did put a post on the TT at the time). It still upsets me to think about the whole episode and wouldn't go back there again, which is such a shame because our local vets don't seem to know much about torts and that is why I travelled to Leeds to Holly House.

I don't know if anyone else has had a bad experience there. I have been told since that perhaps they should have given her calcium injections and left her at home with me. She had recently laid eggs so she could just have been a bit run down. I didn't have much faith in them when I rang the first evening she was there to see if she was ok and they told me they were leaving her alone until morning as most torts lay their eggs at night!!

It is such a shame when you put your trust in people and it all backfires. So, I paid £500 and came away without my lovely tortoise.


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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby therocklady » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:22 pm

Barbara I am so sorry to hear such terrible story, but it highlights the need for a comprehensive list of suitable specialist vets. My dogs' vet told me not long ago that he was treating a Horseback tortoise! Needless to say I didn't take my torts to him.

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Scott Veterinary Clinic,
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Veterinary Surgeon Nathalie Wissink-Argilaga Nathalie Holds the RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine with credit in the Avian, Reptile and Small Mammal chapters, and is currently part of the Veterinary team at Woburn Safari Park. Nathalie is a member of several Exotic pet Veterinary organisations including the British Veterinary Zoological society, Association of Avian Veterinarians and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and regularly attends their meetings and conferences.
Veterinary Surgeon Pas Medina graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona [UAB] in 2004, then completed an 18 month internship at the UAB Veterinary teaching hospital. After 2 and a half years working in a referral centre he took a position as Head of Exotics at the Hospital de Santa Sussanna. In March 2008 Pas started working as a Marine Animal Vet at with the CRAM Foundation and in 2011 became Head of Rescue and Veterinary Medicine. Pas Joined Scott’s in January 2012. He is especially interested in Exotic and wildlife medicine and surgery.
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby Bigjoe » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:06 pm

Barbara that is very sad to read.
Miss Paula had to take lil bubba to trinity vets Maidstone today for a check on his eye infection ,she was very Lucky to see mark Rolands today and last week,excellent diagnosis very helpful and very happy to answer any and all our questions..
Very reasonable fee and free hibernation care sheet..mark and Richard are excellent.
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby Avatar » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:10 am

oh Barbara sorry to hear this...It sounds so terrible to me too....You must be devastated while typing this even though it happened a few years ago.....
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby bsmith » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:49 pm

Hi Gloria

Yes, it does bring it all back and you start to doubt yourself, because I think, "why did I allow them to do that" but of course you think they know best, that is why you take them to a vet in the first place.

I just keep hoping my other torts stay healthy because I don't know where I would go if anything should happen to them. I think now I would probably ask for advice from Andy first before I did anything!! just in case there was something I could do myself at home or at least have an idea what to say to a vet.

I rescued some torts a couple of years ago from a lady who couldn't cope with her four any more and she lived locally. They had been kept in terrible conditions and I couldn't bear to leave them once I had seen them. Two of the horsefields are badly deformed with MBD but were healthy enough apart from large overgrown beaks. I tried a different vet in Doncaster as I thought they couldn't go far wrong with trimming beaks, but wasn't very impressed when she weighed each one to provide me with worming medication and she didn't wipe the scales between each tort being placed on them. I had taken my own male horsefield's tortoise (in a seperate box) as his beak was slightly overgrown. I had been very careful to quarantine the rescues and keep mine away from them, but I had to ask her to wipe the scales and her hands before she handled him. He obviously didn't think much to her either as he refused to come out of his shell, so she said if I still wanted her to trim his beak she would have to give him an anaesthetic!! I told her to leave him alone and trimmed it myself at home, he came out of his shell for me!!

Some people just don't inspire you to have confidence in them!

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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby Bigjoe » Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:47 pm

Hi Barbara
If you ever need help getting one of yours to a good vet shoot me over a PM anytime..
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby bsmith » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Hi Joe

Thank you for that, it's very kind of you.

Regards
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Re: Tortoise Vet List

Postby Avatar » Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:17 am

Barara i know it must be hard for you because I had a similar experience a few years ago. Today I still feel guilty for taking my turtle to an incompetent vet who was not specialised in turtles (but their said they were in their advertisement). If I had taken him to another vet, the outcome would have been completely different....
its never easy to find a vet who knows about tortoises/turtles and just like you i always hope my torts stay healthy.....if they get sick i will be in great trouble!
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