Cat drank antifreeze

Canada
@breepeace (3031)
May 17, 2007 10:34pm CST
I have my suspicions that my cat may have antifreeze poisoning, of course I can't really confirm that since the emergency vet here wants $200 just to do the test. A few hours ago she was walking like she was drunk, her pupils were dilated, she was puking and her heartbeat was quite rapid, so I rushed her to the vet. I'm so angry -- vets are truly such ripoffs, especially the emergency one here in town. He wanted the $200 for the tests and the exam fee, and then if she tested positive for ethylene glycol, between $1500 and $2000 for the medication and treatment. If it's not, they'd want to put her through a battery of tests for other potential causes which would range in the same area. My pet is potentially dying and you're willing to stand there, look me in the eye and tell me that you want more than a month's pay to save her life? I'm crossing my fingers and praying that it's not EG poisoning and the lack of coordination is just because of the vomiting. She seems better now, but they often says animals do with EG poisoning. I guess the only thing I can do is take the day off tomorrow, keep an eye on her and pray. I'd appreciate anyone that would do the same thing. Anyone have any suggestions besides the vet?