"Warranty" on Pet "Repairs" at vet

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We took our 14 year old cat to the vet last Tuesday for a dental - at £240 - he had 3 teeth extracted
All went well - he was out and about within 15 minutes of coming home (it always surprises me how quickly cats recover after a general anaesthetic) !
Anyway - last night, my wife noticed that the cat was rubbing the side of his face and there was a nasty smell from the area - he appears to have abscess and is also not eating
We have him booked back in to the vets this afternoon
Is there any warranty on vets work - or will we be expected to pay again ?

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  • ParadigmParadigm Forumite
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    There's always a risk of complications in any surgical procedure, that's biology for you!
    You can take all the precautions in the world but things can still go wrong, the living body is a very complicated "machine"....
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    jenny-wrenjenny-wren Forumite
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    edited 13 February 2018 at 3:32PM
    Our cat has had numerous dental extractions after turning up on our doorstep as a stray with gingivitis and rotten teeth.

    Each time the vet put her on a course of antibotics afterwards to reduce the chance of any post-surgery infections. Did your vet prescribe antibiotics?

    If there was infection under an extracted tooth it may flare up after surgery (as no vet can guarantee that a wound is completely free of infection). Antibiotics should clear it up fairly quickly.
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  • 50Twuncle50Twuncle Forumite
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    jenny-wren wrote: »
    Our cat has had numerous dental extractions after turning up on our doorstep as a stray with gingivitis and rotten teeth.

    Each time the vet put her on a course of antibotics afterwards to reduce the chance of any post-surgery infections. Did your vet prescribe antibiotics?

    If there was infection under an extracted tooth it may flare up after surgery (as no vet can guarantee that a wound is completely free of infection). Antibiotics ahould clear it up fairly quickly.
    Thanks - I assume (hope) so - he was sent home with painkillers liquid
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    50Twuncle wrote: »
    Thanks - I assume (hope) so - he was sent home with painkillers liquid

    Antibiotics would normally be in tablet form which you would give at home or the vet would have given him a long lasting injection. Our cat had 'Convenia' antibiotic injections and 'Antirobe' antibiotics capsules along with an anti-inflammatory called 'Loxicom'. The vet's bill should itemise what he has been given.

    Hope this helps and hope he's feeling better soon.
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  • Kim_13Kim_13 Forumite
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    How did it go?

    Some previous posters have had some success with getting the bill reduced in situations such as these. All you can do is explain your concerns and see what they're prepared to offer.
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    Kim_13 wrote: »
    How did it go?

    Some previous posters have had some success with getting the bill reduced in situations such as these. All you can do is explain your concerns and see what they're prepared to offer.

    We were charged an additional £32 for long lasting antbiotics - apparently, our cat was not given ANY after the op !!

    He's much better today - in fact, he started to improve as soon as we got him home, yesterday afternoon - he's eating like a horse again !!
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    Update - he was taken back to the vets last week for another extraction - this was done for free by the vet
    But ever since he has been back home - he has been (almost constanty) dry chomping .. ie Opening and closing his mouth as if chewing air !!
    We don't want to stress him out any more by taking him bacl yet again
    He is eating as much as ever though !
    Any suggestions ?
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    50Twuncle wrote: »
    Update - he was taken back to the vets last week for another extraction - this was done for free by the vet
    But ever since he has been back home - he has been (almost constanty) dry chomping .. ie Opening and closing his mouth as if chewing air !!
    We don't want to stress him out any more by taking him bacl yet again
    He is eating as much as ever though !
    Any suggestions ?

    Could the back of his throat have been aggravated by the anaesthetic tube?
    Or a hair ball?
    I would err on the side of caution and go back. Good luck
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    If there hasn't been any improvement in frequency by now I would definitely take him back. Or at least phone Vets and discuss this.
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