January 7th 2012 7:56 pm
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I went to "that place" yesterday. I got a shot in the butt! and she stuck a thermometer...well you know..... this was the first time we saw this particular vet, and Mom is NOT happy with her. More about that in a minute. All seems good we guess- but I am still having some butt & tummy issues - Mom is gonna talk with Alex, Lacey & Finney's Mom to see her thoughts on that.
I will let Mom vent...
Saw a new vet at the clinic I have gone to for over 30 years. So at first I was kinda impressed - very pleasant, she asked if he was on vitamins or supplements, told me she has 6 cats...so far so good.
Me - Smitty acts like he is starving all the time. Answer - well he is not thin, so he is eating enough, some cats just like to eat. -1 point (not that I want anything wrong with him, but are there not conditions that cause this?)She did ask if he is drinking more, which he is not.
Me- sometimes, not all the time, he seems to favor his left ear. Answer- looks in there declares clean - if he is sensitive to a food, it could be an allergy, but it is not red or anything. Just take note as to when it happens, and what he has eaten etc. ok no points taken here(ooookaaayyy I think)
Me - He has been eating FF cause of $ issues lately, but I ran out & had to give him a bit of the canned Friskies that I feed the outside gang, and he got diahrrea so bad- REALLY BAD, and it is getting a little better, but he seemes to have issues with some flavors of food - sometimes he barfs it up.
Answer- well he could have a sensitive tummy +1(that is my thought) but there are other issues like IBD & allergies that can cause that too. (ooookkkaaaayyy I know this, what do I do?)
Then she asks "So what are you feeding him?" I answer "FF Grain free wet food - I want to get him off the FF and back on to Nature's Variety or something like that, and he gets a nibble or two of either Merricks Before Grain or Nature's Variety Instinct dry- all grain free stuff that I use for treats."
ok - get ready - Answer- Is there a reason that you are not feeding him all dry? I prefer my patients to be on a completely dry diet because it also helps their teeth. -100 points
At this point it is a good thing I was holding Smithwick on the table, because I prob would have fallen over right there on the spot. I was so stunned, I reply "because my other cat had 2 count them 2 blockages last year- I almost lost him, and I do NOT want to repeat that with any of my cats, AND because wet food is better for them all the way around ISN'T THAT RIGHT?"
Her " well I can understand why you would make that choice then - I have 6 cats, (yes I know that already) and my husband is a vet, and I feed mine all Science Diet Hairball. They don't need any variety they don't care." -infinity points
Her - I see he is due for both rabies & distemper. Me-yes, but due to the fact that all 3 need their checkups, and Tig is due for his $300 ultrasound, I only want the distemper because I feel that is important especially cause of the strays that are around even tho he is an inside cat. Plus I don't like the idea of giving them more than 1 shot at a time. I want to get back to my schedule of bringing them in every 6 months anyway, so if I decide to do rabies, I will do that one in July.
Her- well, there is never a problem to give them more than one shot at a time, and they now have 3 year distemper along with the 3 year rabies. I have 6 cats and I give them all them both 3 year shots at the same time and they are fine. That would prob be a good idea for you.(- lost count of points now)
Me- Just the 1 year distemper please (smiling now)
Her- well once you decide on a food, if you call me I can help you figure out how much he should be eating by the calories.
Me - ok thank you- let me go pay waaayyy too much money with no discount even though I bring 3 cats in here.
ok I am not even remotely close to being a vet, but I have read enough stuff to know that I am kind of right in my thinking. This was pretty much exact word for word (I repeated this conversation to The Dad who was equally stunned with how blaise this doc seemed) I am NOT going back to this one - at least the other vet there consulted with Tig's cardiologist and everything when he was sick. She was not a 100% but a heck of alot better than this one.
Am I over reacting here? thoughts? (many thanks if you have read this far into my drama...) Smitty's concerned & irritated mom
g'night! luv Smithwick
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I don't think you're overreacting - that vet seems very unconcerned and besides that, is saying some wrong stuff.
I don't think you're overreacting either. She sounds more saleswoman than vet at some points. I hear that an all-wet food is best then I hear all-dry food is best. It depends on the cats. It's all about balance. My vet is aware about the cost of some medications and hasn't pressured Daddy to get expensive things done right away unless it was REALLY important (as in Sarge getting those tumors out of his tummy). For small things, our vet has no problem if Daddy wants to wait a week or two for the credit card to switch to the new month. Last year when Sarge was diagnosed with diabetes the vet sold us this canned food NO ONE liked and they bought back the remaining cans.
A good vet is sensitive to the needs of the kitty and the human. This one is coming up short.
Oh my Smithwick! No, your mommy is not overreacting! She's right to feel irritated with that vet and her blaise manner. My mommy would have been just as upset and would never go back to a vet like that.
That vet doesn't have much clinical experience with cats if she believes there are never bad reactions to multiple vaccinations or even single vaccinations! Either that or she doesn't pay attention to her patients when they do have bad reactions. It does sound like she's pitching a certain brand of food! Yes, there's some friction on the teeth from eating dry food that may be mildly beneficial to the teeth but it's an old school belief that that's enough to clean the teeth -- recent studies show that any benefit is negligible. Not to mention the digestive and other problems eating dry food can cause! Sounds like she thinks she knows it all and doesn't keep up to date in her own field or even talk to other vets!
This vet gets a zillion minus points in our book! Tell your mommy she's right to listen to her gut about this one. We think your mommy should go back to the vet who treated Tigger. Or you might want to find a new vet somewhere else. Are there other clinics in your area?
there is a cat only vet not too far away - I can't find any info good or bad on them. I just have to make sure that they will use Tigger's cardiologist, to keep things consistent. We are trying the other vet 1 more time, cause she was better than this one, then I think Maizy will be the "guinea pig" at the new place as she just needs a plain ol check up to see.
Oh, my goodiness! Boy is mama ever graterful for Unkl Dr. Mike. He is Gunnie's and my doktor, and he always takes mama's concerns seriously. Mama asks him endless questions bout us and our food and everything bout us. Lotsa times Unkl Dr. Mike will even go to one of his vetterin-airy websites and print out informashuns for mama. Unkl Dr. Mike is real bizzy, but he never rushes mama, and everytime we go to see him, he gives us a good exam; eyes, ears, nose, heart, lungs, tummy sounds, and all that stuff.
It is so hard to find good kitty doktors. We hope you find one you like who will take good cares of you.
Hmph! Well, that doesn't sound any good at all!!! My mom and dad certainly don't like the sound of ths, nor do I! A good cat vet might be alot better! and that is the most ignorant thing i've heard in a long time regarding dry food.