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Frustration August 16, 2007 9:19 PM

Well, at least I have it straightened out now but I want to tell ya'll my story.  One of my rats, Phillip, developed a large lump on his belly literally overnight.  I have called almost every vet in the Sugar Land/Missouri City area of Texas and the vast majority will not see rats.  It really pisses me off.  So anyway, I finally found one all the way in Houston and had to pay 40 bucks to get Philly seen and the vet basicly just turned him over, said "Yeah that's a tumor, the leading cause of death in pet rats and heres an estimate for the surgery, although he has a 50/50 chance of making it through anesthesia".  By the way, he wanted to charge $517 for the removal which I think is just crazy and borderline cruelty.  I have been so upset for the last week, thinking there was nothing I could do but something in me said to get a second opinion.  I called around and found only two other vets who would even see a rat.  One receptionist told me over the phone that surgery is too dangerous for rats and they wouldn't even attempt to remove the tumor.  The other one was an animal hospital and the receptionist talked to me for a while and told me the vet would call me back the next day. Truthfully I wasn't really expecting it with all the attitude I have received, but she did call back and I took Phillip in today.  She did a very thorough exam on him and eased my mind about anesthesia (she wanted to extract some fluid without upsetting him).  Come to find out, the thing is an abcess.  She looked at the fluid under a microscope and found no cancer cells at all although she is going to send it off to the lab to be sure.  She gave me some antibiotics and told me to bring him back in a week.  Now an abcess still can be serious if it gets out of control but my point is, why wasn't this done before?  Why did it take 2 weeks and a ton of heartache to find a vet that would treat Philly with respect and kindness?  I am very happy that I kept trying and there is a great possibility that he will make it through this but when I think back it all just pisses me off.  And to think that someone who is supposed to care about animals, enough so that they went to college for the Vet profession, would charge what the average person cannot afford is upsetting.  I'm not only talking about Mr. 517.  The second of the 3 clinics that would even look at him wanted to charge me a whopping $90 just for a visit.  It is sickening that the vet profession is not more tolerant of such sweet little guys.  And that's the straight talk. Oh, by the way, if anyone is in the Houston area it would be worth it to go to Dr. Cheryl Stanly at Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital in Sugar Land.  She spent a lot of time with us and treated Phillip as her own.  Thanks for listening.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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