Gizmo is home. He did not have an x-ray or an operation. An over zealous private veterinary practice told me he would need emergency care and x-rays and most likely an operation as he was still being sick after being treated by them. They said he could have an internal blockage caused by a foreign body or possibly a tumour.
They reprimanded me for not returning to them sooner and said as it was a weekend (early Friday evening) he would now have to be seen by Medivet and we would be looking at a bill in excess of £1000.00 (bearing in mind we had already spent almost £300.00 with them).
I broke down crying (much to my embarrassment) and when the vet realised that I didn’t have the funds to pay for such drastic treatment she gave me details of my local RSPCA emergency veterinary surgery and said for us to get there immediately.
The RSPCA took him in, put him on a drip and monitored him for four nights.
Today we went to pick him up. The bill was less than £30.00.
I don’t know if Gizmo’s troubles are over yet. One thing I do know though is this: if Gizmo is ill again I will go straight to the RSPCA. The building and the surrounding area may be dire and depressing but I felt that they gave my animal due care and attention.
I will not be returning to the private practice that has had many years of my custom. I feel dismayed at their treatment of me and of Gizmo. Their behaviour was unscrupulous, scaremongering and greedy. They should be ashamed of their conduct.