Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Walking Short

We have yet to figure out if our veterinarian is a complete quack, or if we should nominate him for the Lasker Award. As the perro develops more and more old-man problems (we recently had him treated for acid reflux), we seem to be visiting the vet pretty frequently. Usually he takes one look at him, pronounces his diagnosis and writes a prescription. I'm not sure he's ever actually touched the dog with his hands, let alone any sort of diagnostic equipment. And, thus far, he's been unfailingly correct.

Over the past couple days, the perro has gone from limping slightly to hopping around on three legs, with his front left paw held up off the ground, swollen like it's been slammed with a cartoon mallet. In a visit lasting all of two minutes, the vet declared the paw sprained, handed us some pills, charged us ten bucks and sent us on our way. Today he (the dog) is walking on all fours, albeit gingerly. This guy could've saved Eight Belles.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe even Razz.

M

s said...

Equally as amazing is the fact that the entire visit, with the pills, cost only 10 dollars! Stateside that's a four x-ray, two blood test, $500.00 visit--without the pills.

Burro Hall said...

Yeah - all 'cuz he's got some fancy-pants college degree.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Our vet says that the big difference between Mexican vets and NOB vets is that NOB vets order the tests because they want to be absolutely sure. Our vet says that he has seen enough stuff to have a good idea of what is wrong plus Mexicans won't pay for "unnecessary tests" and demand a diagnosis without the tests. An office visit is 100 pesos, I know he also does house calls, yup, Mexican vets (and people doctors too) do house calls, but I never have had him do one.
regards,
Theresa

Anonymous said...

I love mexican doctors, I have being sick in the USA everything is so non personal, and you pass from room to room, from test to test, and see a ton of doctors, but you can never call them.

In mexico my doctro became a friend too, that charges me $300 pesos not $3000 dollars

Anonymous said...

Some doctors in Mexico (for humans) commented to me that the doctors in the USA are so dependant on artifacts and devices they lost the Pasteur way to do medicine, to see, touch and feel, and that those same USA doctors are greedy trying to get as much as possible from the insurance.

I can't say that using those devices are bad, but using them just to charge a little more, is bad.