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Is Someone Taking Advantage?

Judie Rappaport
October 27, 2015

Dear Judie,

Mom (84) finally took Bob (her dog) to the Veterinarian for the first time in at least five years. Her bill was $600!  When I asked what procedures the Vet did, she replied, “Nothing dramatic”. I asked for a bill showing costs, she said, “He didn’t give me one”. Since when does an initial vet visit $600? Should I report the Vet for exploiting a senior?

  • Joe, PSL ?                            

Dear Joe,

It’s important to verify Mom’s report prior to filing a complaint. Call the Vet’s office, explain your concerns, and ask for a copy of the visit record. If they refuse your request put Mom on the phone to authorize the request. Our guess is the vet did a great deal more than Mom reported and secured Mom’s permission prior to treating Bob. If so, then Mom needs an advocate at all medical/legal professionals to help him decipher his options. If the Vet did behave unethically, call  the Division of Consumer Services Toll-Free (800-435-7532) or log onto


Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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