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    I posted previously about warts in Lucy's mouth and on her feet. I took her to the doctor about her feet and they stuck her "warts" with a needle, sent it to University of Georgia to get it looked at, but it came back non-diagnostic...they told me this may happen b/c they did not get much on the slide when they took the sample from her feet. The warts on her feet have seemed to shrink, but she now has a limp, and a fairly noticeable one. My boyfriend has said for the past month that she has had a limp, and although I noticed a slight limp I never really though much about it. I took her to my parents house this weekend and she ran a lot, this is when I noticed her limping really noticable. I looked at her feet real good yesterday and the only thing I found was a tiny wart-looking thing on her paw by her toenail. It's just a little red raised place, but it does not look like a bite. This is her back right paw (one that has been free of warts until now). I can't afford to keep taking her to the vet because each time I go it runs average of $150-$200 if not more (for all of the testing and cultures). I just don't know what to do. I don't know if I am reading too far into it, if she is getting arthritis, or what. She is still a puppy and will only be 8 months on Oct. 9th. My mom was telling me yesterday she took their dog to the doctor, I think she's about a year and a half, for limping and they told her that she has hip displaysia (this is a trusted vet that they have used for years near where they live). She is suppose to take her back tomorrow for XRAYs and they said they may have to do a hip replacement...$3,000 for each hip! So all of this just really worries me. Any advice would be so appreciated!!!

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    Are you an alum from UGa (so you know the town & facilities and the university would have reasons to treat you kindly)? AND, maybe more importantly, do you have a relative or friend who lives there who'll let you claim (for the purpose below) their address as also being yours and Lucy's?

    The OP clinic of the UGa vet school there allows people to self-refer (w/o needing to have a vet make the referral) when they live within a 30 mile radius of their OP clinic.

    I use Kansas State's CVM Teaching Hosp'l all the time and I find their charges are extremely reasonable compared to local city vets in Topeka PLUS the quality -- their board certified specialists in many areas -- assures top notch skill and knowledge. I pay anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 of the typical charge from local vets so it makes it very worthwhile to make the 60 minute trip there on a super highway.

    Also, if needed, KSU's CVM-TH says they'll arrange a payment schedule.

    Could be worth your looking in to? (Maybe even be worth sub-renting never/seldom used "sleeping space" at some co-eds' apartment and renting a PO box # ?)


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    Wow, Bob! That is such a good deal! Yea I live probably 10 min from campus in Athens. I have wondered if it would be cheaper to just go there in the first place because when they have to send cultures off from my vet they are sending it to UGA, so I guess that makes them the middle man...which makes it more expensive for me. I am definitely going to check into that next time she goes to the vet because her vet is ridiculous. And I am an alumni! Just graduated this May So you get better deals if you are an alumni? Oh and by the way I ordered that book you suggested to me yesterday! The veterinary handbook! I hope to see it in the next few days!! Thank you so much for all of your quick responses Bob!

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    So you get better deals if you are an alumni?
    I'm sure it's not official -- BUT wearing a UGa shirt or jacket or cap when you take Lucy for a first appointment sure wouldn't hurt.

    I have wondered if it would be cheaper to just go there in the first place
    I'd be very surprised if it's not very much less expensive PLUS you get the best specialists.

    I don't know of any JL members who've used Schools/Colleges of VetMed Teaching Hospitals who haven't been pleased at the service.

    A 4th year student meets you & Lucy, escorts you to the examining room, takes the vital signs and records the reason for the visit. Then the DVM repeats the vitals and checks with you about the reasons. A DVM does all treatment.

    I ordered that book you suggested to me yesterday! The veterinary handbook!
    The 4th edition? Either 3rd or 4th, I think you'll like it and be glad you did.

    Please let us know what you find out about Lucy's warts and limping.


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    Thank you so much for your help Bob!!!

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