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ShazzaBunny
04-04-2012, 12:11 AM
I dont mean to be, but if a bunny passes during an operation, do you still pay for the operation?

Its *touches wood* never happened to me, i really hope it never does.

bunnytoes
04-04-2012, 12:15 AM
That thought went through my head a little while ago. I don't know the answer. I supose it depends on the vet.

LainiT
04-04-2012, 12:19 AM
My little 7 month old Maverick went to the vets last month to have his eye out. They said he had an abscess inside it. But during the op they'd taken his eye out and the vet said there was a big mass behind it which was travelling up the optic nerve to his brain. They advised it was kinder to let him go under anaesthetic so he wouldn't know anything about it...still charged me 165 for the op!!:shock:

But looking at it, its the vet's time, drugs were used...I don't know, tricky one when you're coping with losing a much loved pet.

ShazzaBunny
04-04-2012, 12:23 AM
My little 7 month old Maverick went to the vets last month to have his eye out. They said he had an abscess inside it. But during the op they'd taken his eye out and the vet said there was a big mass behind it which was travelling up the optic nerve to his brain. They advised it was kinder to let him go under anaesthetic so he wouldn't know anything about it...still charged me 165 for the op!!:shock:

But looking at it, its the vet's time, drugs were used...I don't know, tricky one when you're coping with losing a much loved pet.

:cry: thats devastating.

But, it brings another question, if the decision is made to allow your bunny not to wake up, like in your case, should it be treated differently (charged differently) than a bunny who passes because of a bad reaction to the anaesthetic? (Sorry so very insensitive and i really dont meant to be).

LainiT
04-04-2012, 12:38 AM
:cry: thats devastating.

But, it brings another question, if the decision is made to allow your bunny not to wake up, like in your case, should it be treated differently (charged differently) than a bunny who passes because of a bad reaction to the anaesthetic? (Sorry so very insensitive and i really dont meant to be).

I know what you mean... luckily its never happened to me. its scary stuff :cry:

loppy ears
04-04-2012, 01:09 AM
They normally still charge you for the vets time and for any drugs used and any surgical instruments, waste disposal etc. You would most likely have an itemised bill.

Bunny Buddy
04-04-2012, 01:35 AM
They normally still charge you for the vets time and for any drugs used and any surgical instruments, waste disposal etc. You would most likely have an itemised bill.

This is what happened in our case.

Little Dot had a blockage in her gut and needed emergency surgery. This particular surgery is know to be very high risk and I know the vet stayed over at the end of the working day to do the emergency surgery. Dot died just as the surgery was completed and she was about to be stitched up.:( The vet put just as much effort and time in as she would have if Dot had survived. I think it's only fair that they charge in those circumstances.

meadowsweet
04-04-2012, 06:27 AM
Hollyhocks heart stopped under anasthetic when she went into be spayed, she was then blind and her back legs were not working correctly, the vet kept her in for 24 hours and didn't charge us anything, they were excellent considering she could have died if they hadn't given her oxygen immediately.
She is now fully recovered but cannot ever have another anasthetic. :thumb:

Jack's-Jane
04-04-2012, 06:28 AM
No

MichG
04-04-2012, 07:04 AM
We don't charge

Ellasyn
04-04-2012, 08:17 AM
Ive had one pass away during an op, was charged a very small fee to cover drugs etc. Ive been in for consults and pts and not been charged though. Depends on the vet and the circumstances I think.

Hugo's There
04-04-2012, 08:51 AM
For me it depends on how far the op went. Sadly our buns normally go under the anaesthetic before the op has really got started in which case no we wouldn't be charged. If during the op they open them up and find the bun needs to be pts rather than to continue then we are only charged for a normal pts. If the op is completed and bunny doesn't come round then we would be charged for the op

littleboots
04-04-2012, 09:09 AM
I lost Treacle when he went in for a dental and didnt come round :(
I was actually charged for the work done ie dental but the GA wasnt on my bill :?

Mackers
04-04-2012, 12:39 PM
I think it would very much depend on circumstances. If the animal passed due to veterinary negligence then no, I certainly wouldn't expect to pay. But if it passed due to complications, age/illness or something unexpected happening that the vet could not have foreseen then I would still expect to pay. After all, the vet still has to cover his/her costs but I would expect them to be sensitive to exactly what they were charging you for.

ETA - when I had Hooter (girly pig) spayed, the internal stitches snapped due to a dodgy batch of sutures (sp?). Hooter developed a hernia as a result and had to have a second op to re-stitch the internal wound. I wasn't charged for it.

CwningenBach
04-04-2012, 12:51 PM
We lost our beautiful bunny a couple of days ago under anaesthetic. The vets didn't charge us and have even offered an individual cremation + casket for free. I can't imagine this is their standard practice, but they did say that losing bunnies due to anaesthetic is such a rare thing for them, maybe that's why. Either way, my vets, except for what happened, have been excellent. Sherlock was neutered with them a couple of months ago and all went well.

We will get our girl back in a week. Overall, excellent "aftercare" from our vets.

happysaz133
06-04-2012, 07:27 PM
My vet charged me for the consultation only, when we lost Thumper under anaesthetic.