Monument, CO asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Can a veterinarian charge me for a spay when she was already fixed?

Vet saw the scar (really faint) and still cut her open with out calling me to confirm if I wanted to move forward. The dog is a rescue so there is not much history on her. The vet said she is still charging me for a spay since she had to try and find the uterus. I also did have a gastro pexi done. However I would have not moved forward with cutting her open if I would have known she was fixed. The vet called me after the procedure but never before.

I did sign the estimate for the procedures but technically only one procedure was completed.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: This sounds like veterinary malpractice...if your pet was already spayed prior to the procedure, then the vet should not have opened her up again. Typically, the scar in the place of the animal's reproductive area is enough for a vet to know that a spay had been previously performed.

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