Pet Lovers avoid this VET! Dr. Russel...

Pet Lovers avoid this VET! Dr. Russell on 169

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Since: Apr 09

Georgetown, KY

#1 Apr 6, 2009
I am writing this for the many pet lovers out there so no one will have to go through what my family went through. It started when i was just a little guy probably 8 years old. We took a dog to Dr. Russel on 169 without warning he put our dog down we never got a call to warn us or anything. The dog had parvo so he was gonna have to be put down but its the point that he should have called to let us know first. This is only the start about 3 weeks ago I took a hemilayan or however you spell it to Dr. Russel once again he had been sick for a couple of days and i noticed he wasn't using the restroom or drinking so I took him in to get checked up. Without running any test they told me he had a urinary track infection they said it was a very simple procedure they would have him fixed up and ready for pick up in a day or so.I explained that he hadn't drank anything other than what I gave him out of a dropper and that he was weak. They brushed it off rushed me out the door and said to call in an hour. I had just dropped him off when my phone rang informing me that Smokey hadn't made it when they put him under and that they tried to revive him. I asked if they gave him an i v before putting him under knowing he was weak they simply said no we didn't. Then proceded to tell me he was just to weak. Although they told me his heart stopped when they put him under they proceded to charge me for a cathater that was supposedly put in even though he wasn't alive. Need less to say I didn't pay the charge and I thought they weren't gonna let me take Smokey's body until I paid. I was irate and they gave me his body. This is our story and a warning to all pet owners never ever take your animals to DR. RUSSELL pay the extra money of a good vet and enjoy the rest of the time you will have with your companion. DON'T TAKE AN ANIMAL TO HIM FOR ANYTHING NO MATTER HOW SMALL A DEAL IT IS!
CollegeGraduate

Newburgh, IN

#2 Apr 6, 2009
That is extremley sad! I wanted to cry! You poor thing. I can't believe they didn't run any sort of test! And then to tell you that it was a routine procedure!!!
It sounds like you really loved this cat and the vet should have taken proper protocalls instead of intuition.
You are not the first person I have heard this from either so I am on you side.

DO NOT GO TO DR RUSSELL PET VET OFF OF 169!!!
ANIMAL KILLER......
he_saved_mine

Versailles, KY

#3 Apr 6, 2009
CollegeGraduate wrote:
That is extremley sad! I wanted to cry! You poor thing. I can't believe they didn't run any sort of test! And then to tell you that it was a routine procedure!!!
It sounds like you really loved this cat and the vet should have taken proper protocalls instead of intuition.
You are not the first person I have heard this from either so I am on you side.
DO NOT GO TO DR RUSSELL PET VET OFF OF 169!!!
ANIMAL KILLER......
I have known doctor Russel for years, he has been a very good vet to my pets!!I was told by another vet that my cat had feline leukemia, I took her to Dr. Russel and it turned out she only had heart worms, he sent her home with treatment and she was fine, she lived to a ripe old age! I am sorry for your loss, it was unfortunate, I am glad my experiences were better!
Beenthere

Louisville, KY

#4 Apr 6, 2009
Well i took a pup to Dr.Russell and would another even though my pup died on the operating table...every animal hospital wanted 1500.00 to 2000.00 up front to do a surgery that our regular vet couldnt do...our vet tried everything but the pup was not getting better,just getting weaker and weaker.We could not come up with that kind of money and Dr.Russell had us come in and he told us that the pup was just so very weak that he said there was only a 40 0/0 chance of surviving..if our pup had made it just a few more minutes on the table he may have been able to pull through but he was just too weak...the charge for the surgery was going to be 400.00.He couldnt save my kids pup and when we came to pick up his body he only charged us for medication/iv.$50.00.When my child picked up his puppy off the table they had him ready and there was tears in Dr Russells eyes that he couldnt save him.We knew it was too late but after all night calling animal hospitals only to get answering machines and the run around from people i felt at the time was cruel hearted who didnt even give us any hope at all it was Dr Russell who got out of bed on a snowy night and tried his best only to lose him...those tears he shed was not fake,he knew my kids would be crushed right at christmas so he tried and no matter what anyone says he did try when no one else wanted to get past the $ signs...i know businesses are in this to make money,hell thats all fine and good,i just did'nt realize how much it cost to try and save a life...now i do and only got another pup after making sure to have rainy day money(or snowy night money)....but beware of xmas tree tinsle,thats what our pup got into that cost him his life..I use my normal vet that i've used for years because he has allways taken care of my pets for 15+ years but if someday i need further help again i won't hesitate to use Dr Russell..i feel better knowing we all tried our best.
hello

Lexington, KY

#5 Apr 7, 2009
Beenthere wrote:
Well i took a pup to Dr.Russell and would another even though my pup died on the operating table...every animal hospital wanted 1500.00 to 2000.00 up front to do a surgery that our regular vet couldnt do...our vet tried everything but the pup was not getting better,just getting weaker and weaker.We could not come up with that kind of money and Dr.Russell had us come in and he told us that the pup was just so very weak that he said there was only a 40 0/0 chance of surviving..if our pup had made it just a few more minutes on the table he may have been able to pull through but he was just too weak...the charge for the surgery was going to be 400.00.He couldnt save my kids pup and when we came to pick up his body he only charged us for medication/iv.$50.00.When my child picked up his puppy off the table they had him ready and there was tears in Dr Russells eyes that he couldnt save him.We knew it was too late but after all night calling animal hospitals only to get answering machines and the run around from people i felt at the time was cruel hearted who didnt even give us any hope at all it was Dr Russell who got out of bed on a snowy night and tried his best only to lose him...those tears he shed was not fake,he knew my kids would be crushed right at christmas so he tried and no matter what anyone says he did try when no one else wanted to get past the $ signs...i know businesses are in this to make money,hell thats all fine and good,i just did'nt realize how much it cost to try and save a life...now i do and only got another pup after making sure to have rainy day money(or snowy night money)....but beware of xmas tree tinsle,thats what our pup got into that cost him his life..I use my normal vet that i've used for years because he has allways taken care of my pets for 15+ years but if someday i need further help again i won't hesitate to use Dr Russell..i feel better knowing we all tried our best.
IS this the guy on 68?
mama sharon

Nicholasville, KY

#6 Apr 7, 2009
Ive never taken my dogs to Dr. Russell but I did call once when my little poodle was having pups. No other vet would tell me anything but Dr.Russell talked me through the delivery. I personally thought that was very nice.
Beenthere

Louisville, KY

#7 Apr 7, 2009
mama sharon wrote:
Ive never taken my dogs to Dr. Russell but I did call once when my little poodle was having pups. No other vet would tell me anything but Dr.Russell talked me through the delivery. I personally thought that was very nice.
I Did'nt know of him when my little dog was having pups, she couldnt push the first one all the way out and it had allready died,another vet charged me 150 for 2 seconds it took to pull the puppy out,up front and in cash....bet if i'd known DR.Russell then that 2 seconds would'nt have cost so much and couldve just pulled up to his door and he would've took care of her first before making me dig through my purse and finding cash...he is like talking to a dad or grandpa rather than the cold treatment you get elsewheres....i think animals are like humans,when its your time,its your time....
mama sharon

Nicholasville, KY

#8 Apr 7, 2009
Beenthere wrote:
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I Did'nt know of him when my little dog was having pups, she couldnt push the first one all the way out and it had allready died,another vet charged me 150 for 2 seconds it took to pull the puppy out,up front and in cash....bet if i'd known DR.Russell then that 2 seconds would'nt have cost so much and couldve just pulled up to his door and he would've took care of her first before making me dig through my purse and finding cash...he is like talking to a dad or grandpa rather than the cold treatment you get elsewheres....i think animals are like humans,when its your time,its your time....
Yea thats what I liked about Dr.Russell the fact that when I called I got the help I needed without someone asking for money first. Dr. Russell seems to really care about the animals.
hello

Somerset, KY

#9 Apr 7, 2009
who is he in with
Thumbs up

Harrodsburg, KY

#10 Apr 7, 2009
I have never had a bad experience with Dr Russell. We have taken all of our pets to him for years. He is very honest and doesn't charge a ton of money. We have happy and healthy pets and aren't broke because of him. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience, but it looks like you in the minority.
beenthere

Louisville, KY

#11 Apr 7, 2009
hello wrote:
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IS this the guy on 68?
I guess it's called 169...accross from lowes on the bypass,you turn there and he has a sign at his home on the left...cant miss it.It's beforeyou get to strattons lumber.

Since: Apr 09

Georgetown, KY

#12 Apr 8, 2009
Well im glad things worked out for some of you but im just telling you from what i have been through. I don't trust him anymore and maybe it will take something extreme for others to get the point.He is very cheap and that is the only good thing about him. I really don't think he cares about the animals that much. He has done work on other animals of mine for years but mainly because i don't have a lot of money to take him to a good vet. I just know if i had paid for a good vet I would still have my cat today. I wish I never took him to the vet. Also it really made me mad that they told me he died as soon as they put him under but yet they also said they went ahead with the procedure that doesn't even make sence if he was already dead. They just wanted to have something to bill for. Im glad he has helped with some of your animals im an animal lover and would never wish anything on any of them but im just telling you I will never be back there NEVER! PAY FOR A GOOD VET! HE DOESN'T FOLLOW NORMAL PROCEDURE HE IS SO OLD HE THINKS HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO BY 4LOOKING AT THEM.
catlover

Jeffersonville, IN

#13 Apr 8, 2009
good to know wrote:
I am writing this for the many pet lovers out there so no one will have to go through what my family went through. It started when i was just a little guy probably 8 years old. We took a dog to Dr. Russel on 169 without warning he put our dog down we never got a call to warn us or anything. The dog had parvo so he was gonna have to be put down but its the point that he should have called to let us know first. This is only the start about 3 weeks ago I took a hemilayan or however you spell it to Dr. Russel once again he had been sick for a couple of days and i noticed he wasn't using the restroom or drinking so I took him in to get checked up. Without running any test they told me he had a urinary track infection they said it was a very simple procedure they would have him fixed up and ready for pick up in a day or so.I explained that he hadn't drank anything other than what I gave him out of a dropper and that he was weak. They brushed it off rushed me out the door and said to call in an hour. I had just dropped him off when my phone rang informing me that Smokey hadn't made it when they put him under and that they tried to revive him. I asked if they gave him an i v before putting him under knowing he was weak they simply said no we didn't. Then proceded to tell me he was just to weak. Although they told me his heart stopped when they put him under they proceded to charge me for a cathater that was supposedly put in even though he wasn't alive. Need less to say I didn't pay the charge and I thought they weren't gonna let me take Smokey's body until I paid. I was irate and they gave me his body. This is our story and a warning to all pet owners never ever take your animals to DR. RUSSELL pay the extra money of a good vet and enjoy the rest of the time you will have with your companion. DON'T TAKE AN ANIMAL TO HIM FOR ANYTHING NO MATTER HOW SMALL A DEAL IT IS!
dr russell is a great vet.
llllll

Jeffersonville, IN

#14 Apr 8, 2009
he has always helped us.

Since: Apr 09

Georgetown, KY

#15 Apr 8, 2009
Well everyone learns from there mistakes and I used to like him as well. You have your opinion as I have mine. All that IM saying is he has no procedure he follows he looks at the animal listens to what u can tell him and makes a guess at what is wrong. He may be right 90% of the time but what about the other times do the other 10% not deserve the treatment they pay for. As far as him lieing to me about what he did to my cat well I think that speaks for its self and he had no response when I called him out so I know he was trying to take advantage of me. So believe what you want. I just hope your feelings stay the same and nothing bad ever happens to change your opinion cause that is what it would take. From my dealings he is out dated and dont trust him. If your son was sick would you try to take him to the best available Dr. or try to save a few bucks with someone that works out of there house. He may have been great 25 years ago but technology has past him by and there is no reason for anyone to be guessing anymore the technology is there use it.
beenthere

Louisville, KY

#16 Apr 8, 2009
Yeah i see your point too but if things were like they were years ago maybe anyone could afford all this technology,back when we had pets as kids a vet was unheard of,shots were unheard of,raised many of hunting dogs and not a one ever had a shot or vet visit,we never had less than 20 hunting dogs at a time and tons of barn cats..seems funny now that you can barely work and pay for the everyday "you can't do without things"...gas,food,utilit ies,rent and on and on...but thats a different "topix"..i appreciate anyone who can lend a helping hand and a kind word when you need one and not just be a voice at the end of the phone line quoting amounts and technology...the worlds gone crazy...oh and my other vet is retired and does things the old way too and he doesnt have credit card applications for pet care on his counter for when a distraught pet owner walks in desperate to save their pet,desperete enough to "within minutes"get approved for $2,500.00 for vet care..so like here fill this out and we will help you..if technology 30 years ago kept a bunch of beagles hunting,having babies by the dozens,and kittens born every other day then it's good enough for me today..i love my vets!!!!!!
Sean

United States

#17 Apr 8, 2009
Damn you people wouldn't talk SH!T about someone would you?
My Experience

Georgetown, KY

#18 Apr 8, 2009
Of course you are going to here contradictions according to Dr. Russell but the truth is he is old school.

Yes. He might save you a couple twenties but NO he does NOT follow proper protocall nor run any kind of routine background checks on my previous pets. Since he is oldschool with plenty of years experience he thinks he KNOWS everything. And the truth is no matter how long you have been an operating physician, vet, teacher you still do not know everything. There are new diseases and sickness deriving from the thin air that half of our generation hasn't seen. So for Dr. Russell to conclude that "Good to knows" cat had a simple case of urinary blockage WAS WRONG!

It was a severe case that caused him to die before surgery could even take place.

Personally I think that is horrible. I don't care how great of a vet he is to talk to you through labor issues but to TELL SOMEONE that your cat is going to live and then call them 10 or so minutes later saying "Oops he's dead" seems unprofessional.

I think "Good to Know" has every right to voice his concerns about this old man. In the long run, I would've personally want him to run tests, scans, check dehydration levels before they put any of my animals under anesthetic.

My pets are a form of my children and I would hate to see any of them go just because I wanted to save some money.
But if it is a shot, medicine or checkup I would go considering "been there" is right about those condeming credit approval applications. Those ARE horrifying.

All in all I guess it's a CATCH 22..
But there is a vet in Danvill, by the Camp Nelson Pool that operates, in the sense of money obligations, like Dr. Russel.

Since: Apr 09

Georgetown, KY

#19 Apr 8, 2009
It's not really talking shit when your telling word for word what really happend. IM just letting people know about this guy. Sometimes I guess the truth hurts but if you had a pet and asked my advise I would tell you not to take it there and I wish someone would have told me not to. Im not trying to bash him IM just telling the truth.
beenthere

Louisville, KY

#20 Apr 8, 2009
As i said i love my vets!! Dr.Russell and my other retired vet who i won't name because hell someone will start on him too...but each his own..i was just saying in earlier post i wish things was like the old days,heck with technology!Give me a bunch of hound dogs having puppies right and left and kittens everywheres...we didnt even know what a vet was much less worrying about how to pay for one!!

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