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Old 02-09-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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This is a really important topic. There is a big difference in the way cats are handled when they get into the health care system than the way children are handled. With children, once they are seen your job is pretty much over. The doctors tell you exactly what is needed and then they actually do those things whether you want to or not. Even if you refuse, they will still get done. So the whole pediatric care system is on automatic pilot. So, all you have to do is show up.

With your cat, its exactly the opposite. You have to make every decision, ask every question and insist on adequate information from a sometimes reluctant professional community. And, in the end, you can make a mistake by putting an animal down too early or under the wrong circumstances. Or getting the wrong or not enough treatment. And the little creatures are solely in your hands. Its is a great responsibility and takes a lot of care to get it right.

(lecture over)
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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i'M sorry to hear about the loss of Chloe. My thoughts are with you right now.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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Default Becoming educated about professional veterinary care

I'm amazed having read the post regarding how a pediatrician approaches a parent of a child a opposed to vet's and animal care.
So the way a vets approaches animal care, testing and then it's up to the owners to know and to think to ask specific questions? WOW! I'm confident that's about the best kept secret. I find this absolutely jaw dropping information. How in the world would anyone have a clue as to what to ask the professional? If I knew how to diagnose and ask such specific questions, I'd be the proessional, not the vet. Donít they see this stuff all the time? Iíd think a cat vomiting and wonít drink water should be pet care 101 to a professional. Vet's aren't cheap, not here in Michigan. It cost me $500 to end up with a dead pet and my suffering! If my pet was older or had some incurable disease, but this was not the case. This was senseless. Few people can afford this type of care, particularly in this economy. I'd say a lot more vets' are about to go out of business as income's shrink and credit is lost. And rightfully so, they should be put out of business if this is how they practice, because they aren't practicing. Sounds like the vet who knew how to advise and teach a pet owner would survive and stay in business. How novel, a common sense approach. As the old saying goes, common sense isnít so common anymore.
Who would know a cat that isnít drinking or eating for a couple of days would be developing "fatty liver disease". A vet, that's who! Who? I had to pay the price of losing a beloved animal to learn this lession.

Itís clear to me that they donít want to tell you, they want whatís in your wallet. They donít care if that pet lives or dies. Now what kind of doctor is that? This is sickening. Finding a vet that would be willing to show someone how to place fluid into a pets back would be a miracle.
Iíd love to see a demo on UTube that would teach people how to do that and where to pick up supplies to do this. Thereís got to be one ethical vet out there who cares enough to help us pet owners out. Thereís got to be someone who understands how much we love our pets and what this would mean to us.

I am so sorry if I sound like I'm taking this out on you. I'm not. I deeply appreciative that you made this point and I thank you. You are one of the few who actually listen to what people are saying and you made an amazing point that I think would be a great service, to others if they had any idea. Some us invest so much into our pets, we're so connected and the loss so senseless and it feels so wrong.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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I'm amazed having read the post regarding how a pediatrician approaches a parent of a child a opposed to vet's and animal care.
So the way a vets approaches animal care, testing and then it's up to the owners to know and to think to ask specific questions? WOW! I'm confident that's about the best kept secret. I find this absolutely jaw dropping information. How in the world would anyone have a clue as to what to ask the professional? If I knew how to diagnose and ask such specific questions, I'd be the proessional, not the vet. Don’t they see this stuff all the time? I’d think a cat vomiting and won’t drink water should be pet care 101 to a professional. Vet's aren't cheap, not here in Michigan. It cost me $500 to end up with a dead pet and my suffering! If my pet was older or had some incurable disease, but this was not the case. This was senseless. Few people can afford this type of care, particularly in this economy. I'd say a lot more vets' are about to go out of business as income's shrink and credit is lost. And rightfully so, they should be put out of business if this is how they practice, because they aren't practicing. Sounds like the vet who knew how to advise and teach a pet owner would survive and stay in business. How novel, a common sense approach. As the old saying goes, common sense isn’t so common anymore.
Who would know a cat that isn’t drinking or eating for a couple of days would be developing "fatty liver disease". A vet, that's who! Who? I had to pay the price of losing a beloved animal to learn this lession.

It’s clear to me that they don’t want to tell you, they want what’s in your wallet. They don’t care if that pet lives or dies. Now what kind of doctor is that? This is sickening. Finding a vet that would be willing to show someone how to place fluid into a pets back would be a miracle.
I’d love to see a demo on UTube that would teach people how to do that and where to pick up supplies to do this. There’s got to be one ethical vet out there who cares enough to help us pet owners out. There’s got to be someone who understands how much we love our pets and what this would mean to us.

I am so sorry if I sound like I'm taking this out on you. I'm not. I deeply appreciative that you made this point and I thank you. You are one of the few who actually listen to what people are saying and you made an amazing point that I think would be a great service, to others if they had any idea. Some us invest so much into our pets, we're so connected and the loss so senseless and it feels so wrong.
I'm so sorry about your cat.

I am sorry that you feel like you ended up getting substandard vet care. Please understand that's that what it was; substandard. Most vets would have recognized hepatic lipidosis and treated accordingly. I have taught people how to give their pets subQ fluids many times at the request of the vets I've worked for. Not that fluids will do anything for hepatic lipidosis. I am so incredibly sick of all the vet-bashing posts I've been reading on this forum lately. I understand that some people do end up with vets who don't do the right things. That's why it's so important to do your research and see a vet that you can develop a great, trusting relationship with. I also understand that it hurts like crazy to lose a pet and that sometimes people need someone to blame.

Being a vet tech for 9 years, and working 2 of those as a relief tech I have worked for a lot of vets. There were a couple that I would not take my pets to. However, the vast majority of the vets I have worked with have been wonderful, intelligent, compassionate people. I now work at a vet school and I can say the same about the vet students I help teach. It literally brings tears to my eyes to think of these bright, caring students going out into the world to face all the anger and hatefulness I've read on here. They don't deserve it and it will make many of them bitter and cynical.

I'm so sorry nrk, this really isn't directed at you. It's been coming for a long time.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:46 AM
 
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i have 11 week old male kitten he has been sick his nose is dry and he just wants to sleep
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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I'd be going to the vet ASAP!
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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my cat ate some sunflower seeds by accident a couple of days ago, now he does not eat and is very sluggish, what could be wrong he also is vomitting them back up in pieces

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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Once again, I'd being going to the vet. Sunflower seeds with shell or without are not for cats!
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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Our female cat 5 yrs old stopped eating & drinking 2 weeks ago. She is strictly an indoor cat up on all vaccinations , teeth cleaning etc. After 2 overnight stays at the vets & $800 in tests, she ate the other day but stopped again yesterday. The vet thought she had tonsilitis & gave her antibiotics. We started giving her liquified food by dropper but she hates that. We are at the end of our ropes...
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Our female cat 5 yrs old stopped eating & drinking 2 weeks ago. She is strictly an indoor cat up on all vaccinations , teeth cleaning etc. After 2 overnight stays at the vets & $800 in tests, she ate the other day but stopped again yesterday. The vet thought she had tonsilitis & gave her antibiotics. We started giving her liquified food by dropper but she hates that. We are at the end of our ropes...
What did the tests show?
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