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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice... I took my cat to the vet last week to have some ticks removed which cost £22... A few days later she got a decent size wound on her side w… Read More
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1d, 4d agoPosted 1 decade, 4 days ago
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice... I took my cat to the vet last week to have some ticks removed which cost £22...

A few days later she got a decent size wound on her side which burst and loads of puss came out of it - from what I've read if the tick is not removed properly then it can cause an infection so I assumed that's what it was - the vet, however, says it's from my cat being in a fight with another cat and has charged me £60 for a consultation and 7 days antibiotics & painkillers for the wound on my cat.

My cat's a big lazy thing that rarely goes out so I'm seriously doubting it was from a fight... She's (my cat) due to go back to the vet tomorrow for a check up on her wound and I'm dreading whatelse the vet might say and charge me for. Should I say something because surely if I paid to have the ticks removed and the vet didn't do it properly causing my cat to develop other problems I shouldn't have had to pay for it??

PS, I'm really sorry if this is in the wrong place :/
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1d, 4d agoPosted 1 decade, 4 days ago
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#1
Not if the vet didn't do the job right in the first instance, but then again, when would you get that kind of confession from anyone in that kind of position...

Write a letter, put in your opinions with regards to not doing a proper job and see where it goes (push for a refund?)...
[mod]#2
When my cats used to pick them up where we used to live i just used to pull them out myself without any probs.
banned#3
Does the wound appear to be in the same area as the ticks?
#4
I suppose that question is, Do you trust the Vet?

If the answer is no then find a different one, If they can't remove ticks properly I wouldn't trust them with doing anything else.
#5
Iom-RF
I suppose that question is, Do you trust the Vet?

If the answer is no then find a different one, If they can't remove ticks properly I wouldn't trust them with doing anything else.


It's the first time I've used this vet as we've moved too far from the one I always used to go to :/ And it was the first time my cat's ever got ticks so was unsure what to do myself and wanted them gone asap so booked her straight into the vet.

The wound is in the same area as the ticks were too which is why I thought it was an infection from it not being removed properly and not from my cat fighting as the vet says. I don't really think I have a leg to stand on though proving it?
#6
And thanks for the posts guys :)
banned#7
If they have not been removed properly then infection would occur, due to the head being embedded inside under the skin.

Try another vet, ask locally for reccomendations. Where are you?
#8
JDeal
If they have not been removed properly then infection would occur.

Try another vet, ask locally for reccomendations. Where are you?


This might be a silly question... but do you know what kind of infection? - my cats started off as a small red lump but then got bigger and then obviously became full of yukky stuff which then burst

I'm in Hamilton, just outside Glasgow :)
#9
Where you there when the vet removed the ticks?
If so did you watch and see how they where removed ?

You say your cat does not go out much and get into fights but he/she must have gone out to pick the ticks up.

I've seen some nasty swellings on cats from rat bites, it would be hard to prove that the infection was from a tick unless the vet did not remove them correctly.
banned#10
Your cat developed an abscess which has now burst, this is what you would expect to happen if the tick's head was left behind. I expect this is what has happened, but as said difficult to prove.
#11
I have one of these gadgets to remove ticks for when we go camping and walking. Not had to use it yet but some friends have used these on their dogs and others campers ;-)

http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/information/tick_removal.htm
banned#12
You may want to consider using a preventative product in the future, such as frontline, the spot on variety is easier to apply than the spray. It works very well.

But you still have the problem of the burst abscess.
#13
stora
Where you there when the vet removed the ticks?
If so did you watch and see how they where removed ?

You say your cat does not go out much and get into fights but he/she must have gone out to pick the ticks up.

I've seen some nasty swellings on cats from rat bites, it would be hard to prove that the infection was from a tick unless the vet did not remove them correctly.


I was there but didn't watch closey when she removed them as I'm a bit funny when it comes to creepy crawlies! It just looked like a pair of plastic tweezers.

She doesn't go out much at all but when she does she usually goes and sleeps in our neighbours long grass at the back of their garden which is where I assume she picked the ticks up
#14
All my cats (I have 3) are frontlined between april - september every 4 weeks & I've never had a problem with ticks before, I guess I was just unlucky this time!

Thanks for the responses anyway people :) I'll talk to the vet when I go back tomorrow for the check up but if anything happens in the future I doubt I'll use the same vet!
#15
stora
I have one of these gadgets to remove ticks for when we go camping and walking. Not had to use it yet but some friends have used these on their dogs and others campers ;-)

http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/information/tick_removal.htm



Thanks a lot for that Stora, I'll see if I can get one of those tools! (Hubby is braver than me when it comes to creepy crawlies... well, almost :p)
#16
sadiebabes
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice... I took my cat to the vet last week to have some ticks removed which cost £22...

A few days later she got a decent size wound on her side which burst and loads of puss came out of it - from what I've read if the tick is not removed properly then it can cause an infection so I assumed that's what it was - the vet, however, says it's from my cat being in a fight with another cat and has charged me £60 for a consultation and 7 days antibiotics & painkillers for the wound on my cat.


I once helped on pretty gruesome project looking at ticks on Hare's. Alot of the hare's which had ticks also had icky puss filled sores. Imagine the puns!! Sores were not always associated with the ticks and most likely where ticks have naturally dropped off. . I think the vet would have known if she had not got the mouthparts out ... at least I hope she would have. So my guess is that the sore is due to infection from the wound left by the tick bite. She should have used some sort of disinfectant to clean the area after removal. If the sore is exactly the same location as the tick I would go for complaining that a disinfectant was not used and clearly it should have been.

If my kitty gets ticks I usually remove them myself with a very sharp pair of tweezers. You need to get the tweezers right behind the head capsule to avoid leaving the mouthparts on. Have also heard that if you smear butter on the tick if will drop off as it can't breathe. Never tried this as my fat cat would definitely eat the butter!
#17
Gaia
Have also heard that if you smear butter on the tick if will drop off as it can't breathe. Never tried this as my fat cat would definitely eat the butter!


This is a bad idea. All that will happen is that the tick will regurgitate it's last meal into the bite and that is the last thing you want to happen.
#18
Sorry to hear your having problems with your vet, i know their only human and can make mistakes like the rest of us, but also saying that they are in a position of extreme trust and from my experience, well payed. When my dog had trouble the lady vet couldn't work it out and kept checking him for various conditions for weeks (£££) in the end she was looking in totally the wrong area and treating him for conditions he didn't have!!.
So if i was in your position and not happy I'd get a second option or change vets.
All the best.
#19
I used to think burning the tics off was the best option, Looks like its actually one of the worst!!

Removing a tick should be very straight forward for a vet though.
#20
Iom-RF
I used to think burning the tics off was the best option, Looks like its actually one of the worst!!



Spoke to a guy who worked in A&E and they put Vaseline on ticks to make them drop off. :shock:
#21
stora
Spoke to a guy who worked in A&E and they put Vaseline on ticks to make them drop off. :shock:


So I take it that is totally wrong then!
#22
Iom-RF
So I take it that is totally wrong then!



Or you could let them have their fill and they will drop off :)
#23
my cat had a tick and it got infected they removed tick and gave injection for infection.my cats had frontline and still picked up a tick
#24
the tool is available at vets for a couple of quid but i couldn't do it too squeamish
[mod]#25
sonia.town
my cat had a tick and it got infected they removed tick and gave injection for infection.my cats had frontline and still picked up a tick


Frontline doesn't do anything for ticks. Cat's tend to pick them up in the undergrowth when they're roaming. Ticks just want they're quota of blood and cats are an easy target.
#26
stora
Or you could let them have their fill and they will drop off :)


this is not always the case they get bigger and bigger as in my cats case .
#27
Syzable
Frontline doesn't do anything for ticks. Cat's tend to pick them up in the undergrowth when they're roaming. Ticks just want they're quota of blood and cats are an easy target.

frontline does state it prevents ticks etc
[mod]#28
sonia.town
frontline does state it prevents ticks etc


I know, but it can't as they just tend to attach themselves willy nilly. It's meant to make them drop off but it never does. :-(
#29
Well I took my cat to the vet after work yesterday, waited 30 minutes over her appointment slot to be seen by the vet for quite literally 2 minutes - she touched the wound, said it was doing ok, charged me £12.50 and said to come back again Saturday... A bit of a pi$$ take I think... This has cost me £98.50 in a week, just for ticks... Needless to say, my cat won't be going back again on Saturday or any other day.

My cat was spayed at our last vet for £40 which included 2 after-care appointments, so you can see why I'm a bit peed off that something as stupid as ticks has cost me almost £100 - I wish I'd come here & asked for tick advice before heading to the vet - the wee tool to remove them myself would've cost less than a fiver... :-(
#30
Sounds like you have found a vet who's primary interest is making money. Well, we all have to earn cash but some professional people seem to think overcharging is a perk.
You could try 'phoning your local CPL to find out which vet they recommend.
#31
I think it's ridiculous how much it's all cost. It's an awful shame that money is the main concern of some vets.

I think I'll get back to my old vet, even if it is a longer drive, they actually cared about the animals...

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