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Old 05-29-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Does anyone have any experience with them? Are they any less expensive (or more) than your regular vet? I am wanting a small surgical procedure performed on my four legged friend (benign lesion on the ear) and contemplating if its worth the quick run up the road to FC.
I am in the process of switching vets but the vet practice I went to on consult gave me an astronomical 'estimate' which nickel and dimes everything ... eg a charge for administrating a bandage, various care level fees to the total tune of $3k. I feel I am being persuaded and pushed by the vet not to explore CSU or anywhere else; however, I am not going to support a business model which grossly overcharges and has various junk fees.

TIA
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:24 PM
 
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I found them deplorable. The waiting rooms are filthy (e.g. had barely wiped up poop on the floors). They try to get your dog to lie down on the filth so they can examine him. You don't get to see a vet, you see a student who barely knows what they are doing. The student just parrots what some more qualified person tells them behind the scenes. They switch back and forth what they are recommending based on what the person behind the scenes tells them, because the student doesn't really know what they are doing and may not be relaying the whole story. I did go behind the scenes and at least that was clean. They are learning on your dog and will do this and that procedure so that their students get the experience. If you care for your dog get a professional outfit to do the work.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I am sorry to hear that mic111. I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for the CSU vet hospital. My experience was the total opposite - but that was years ago. Sad to hear that things have apparently gone downhill since then.
Backstory: Our puppy suddenly could not walk shortly after his last series of puppy shots. We took him to his vet who ran some blood work and told us that he needed to be euthanized. (I had a strong feeling that he was trying to cover something up.) Our friends had recently taken their dog to CSU and advised us to give them a chance to figure out what was wrong. They determined that our puppy had a staph infection and in 5 days he was back home and doing very well. He lived to the ripe old age of 16! They wanted to track his development so during his lifetime we took him there periodically for check-ups. They neutered him at no charge. My memory of the hospital and staff was that I wished hospitals for humans were as caring and wonderful.
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