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Much better (and many) vet reviews on yelp.ca
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Oct 13, 2016
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hi. I was wondering how much did the corneal ulcer surgery costs at Forest Hill? I know that was a long time ago and price is more now. I was wondering how much to expect tho.
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Mariawah wrote:
Oct 14th, 2016 10:57 pm
hi. I was wondering how much did the corneal ulcer surgery costs at Forest Hill? I know that was a long time ago and price is more now. I was wondering how much to expect tho.
Thanks
Unless things have changed since mid 2011, the eye specialist at Forest Hill is not board certified. If it is the same doctor I am thinking of he has taken eye surgical courses at the University, but thought I would just point this out.

We have been dealing with a corneal ulcer in one of our dog's eyes since mid 2011 if you can believe it. We were referred to the board certified eye specialist at the McMurrich St. emergency clinic. She travels to Toronto 2 days a week. Our dog had to go for follow-up care every 3 months for the first 2.5 years (along with the daily application of 2 - 3 types of prescription drops). He is now on a once a year schedule - with OTC counter gel like drops applied when his eyes appear dry. He has pet insurance which would have paid for the surgery, but the board certified surgeons will not operate unless it is immediately required or if ongoing treatment is not an option. Pet insurance does not cover rechecks.

This all started with what appeared to be conjunctivitis and we had him at the vet's the day after we discovered it - he is a white dog with clear eyes so it was not hard to notice it. However it was not pink eye but a corneal abscess in the making (it is easy to misdiagnose). The magnifying equipment used by the specialists is much stronger than that of a general vet, so fortunately the specialist saw the issue immediately.

I was aware of the eye specialist at Forest Hill due to an issue with a cat that we had a few years prior to the current issue - he developed primary glaucoma and at that time we were referred to Forest Hill by McMurrich St. since they did not have an eye specialist at that time.

I have to ask though, if you have had a consultation at Forest Hill, were you not told the costs involved? We were at the time of our cat's consultation - and the various options - actually we were told that our cat would lose his eye and that it had started to spread to the other eye.

The cost would likely be the in the low thousands. Are you sure that the surgery is required? If ongoing treatment would keep the corneal abscess at bay and you are not paying the premiums for pet insurance you would likely be even or a bit ahead.

Our dog is now 12.7 years old. His next follow-up will be in Feb. 2017. I really hope that when the Dr. takes his eye pressure and applies the multi-coloured drops that his abscess can still be treated. I pointed out the eye pressure tests and the dye because while it was not pleasant there are far worse things that you could witness (I know).
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Oct 13, 2016
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Hi Blanche123
I'm actually just bringing my dog into Forest Hill this week for consultation. It was my regular vet that referred my dog there. I unfortunately don't have insurance, so I will be paying everything off my own pocket. I just wanted to get a rough quote if she did needed the flap or 3rd eyelid surgery (I'm assuming that the most expensive way that will be needed to treat an indolent ulcer) so I can budget from the most expensive and there on.
thank you for your help and taking your time for such a detailed reply.
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Mariawah wrote:
Oct 16th, 2016 2:52 pm
Hi Blanche123
I'm actually just bringing my dog into Forest Hill this week for consultation. It was my regular vet that referred my dog there. I unfortunately don't have insurance, so I will be paying everything off my own pocket. I just wanted to get a rough quote if she did needed the flap or 3rd eyelid surgery (I'm assuming that the most expensive way that will be needed to treat an indolent ulcer) so I can budget from the most expensive and there on.
thank you for your help and taking your time for such a detailed reply.

You are most welcome. I should point out that the low thousands I mentioned would likely be just for the surgery itself on one eye. There are all of the other costs - the consultation, the eye drops, the blood tests, etc. etc. and they really add up. You will likely be given a cost range for the surgery - with a considerable difference between the low and the high cost - much as with a dental. You could certainly also get a referral to the McMurrich clinic (we see Dr. H. Gray) but you would be hit with 2 consultation costs.

There is also the Guelph Small Animal Clinic - it could be cheaper if not emergency surgery. But then you would have to travel to Guelph for the consultation, go back for the surgery, and then back again for a check-up. We had to travel to Guelph for emergency surgery on our last dog - the Dr. was fantastic, but when they have to call in the on-call neurosurgeon the cost was higher than it would have been had we been able to keep our appointment with Dr. Patricia Cochrane at the McMurrich Clinic. Note that at Guelph you have to pay 50% upfront in cash or cash equivalent before the surgery will take place.

Please report back on the results of your consultation. I am guessing it is the same doctor that we saw with our cat. He was very nice. Best of luck to you and your pet. You might apply for Care Credit if the cost is more than you can afford.
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Oct 13, 2016
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I got referred to Forest Hill animal clinic for my dog's corneal ulcer. Unfortunately, her ulcer was too deep and needed surgery to put a graft in. However, Im very thankful that the Drs there were great. Dr. Klys did the surgery on her, but I've had a few rechecks with most of the drs working there and Dr. Goldstein. They were all very nice, professional and knowledgeable. I highly reccomand this clinic for check-ups, surgery and referrals. They can be a bit pricey depending on what your pet needs like surgery, but it was worth it. Thanks
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Mariawah wrote:
Nov 30th, 2016 9:13 pm
I got referred to Forest Hill animal clinic for my dog's corneal ulcer. Unfortunately, her ulcer was too deep and needed surgery to put a graft in. However, Im very thankful that the Drs there were great. Dr. Klys did the surgery on her, but I've had a few rechecks with most of the drs working there and Dr. Goldstein. They were all very nice, professional and knowledgeable. I highly reccomand this clinic for check-ups, surgery and referrals. They can be a bit pricey depending on what your pet needs like surgery, but it was worth it. Thanks
Thanks for the update. I only met with Dr. Goldstein with our now passed cat - and wasn't certain if he was still practicing. I will be making our dog's 2017 follow-up with the eye specialist at the McMurrich clinic for Feb. - his eye ulcer that turned into a corneal abscess wasn't quite deep enough for the graft surgery - hence why we had 4 checkups per year during the first few years of his condition - just in case. Hopefully now that he is almost 13 he will not require it since it would have been safer when he was 7.

I hope your pup is now in the clear and stays that way. I am always afraid that the condition might spread - both eyes are always tested and since our guy is quite the princess and drama queen his eye pressure can be high at the first check (so they give him a few cookies and that always makes him Mr. Charming) and then do it again.
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This is who I've been using.

Appointments made super easy, wait time is very minimal when I arrive for the appointments.
Pricing seems pretty reasonable, and I haven't experienced any so-called up-selling yet.
Everyone is super friendly, good experience so far.

They have amazing reviews online, so I think I went to the right place!

Clinic Name: Islington Village Animal Hospital
Website: islingtonvillagevet.ca/
Location: Burnhamthorpe & Dundas
Speciality: n/a
Price: n/a (I would imagine middle ground? Not sure, but definitely not on the expensive side I think.)
Services Used: Check-ups, Vaccines, Rabies, Spaying...
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looking for a vet for my bunny. Probably need to do a check up, spaying and nail clipping. Does anyone know a good place in North York
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