|Purred: Fri Oct 29, '10 9:14am PST |
|Hey guiz! So, I already picked a couple vets to possibly go to next time instead. At the time I started this thread, I was very confused as to what to make out of the situation. While I've lived with animals in the past, these two I have now were the first I've actually taken to the vet. My first vet visit was at the humane society clinic, and they just took Louis to the back while I sat out front.
But thank you everyone for your input! I know I probably put more attention to the declawing thing than I should have, but I guess it's just the vet saying it was far more humane than not doing it and implying my thoughts on the subject were purely emotional when they're really not. Almost all of my neighbors have dogs that they let run loose in my neighborhood even though we have a leash law, and if one of the kids slips out, they need to be able to defend themselves; I don't think that's a purely emotional thing. Like I said, I understand it in extreme circumstances, and I'm not putting down owners who have done it since that's really their business.
Anyway, once again, thank you for your input, and I'm definitely going to a different vet.
So there's a vet that's VERY close by, so I decided 'Hey! I'll just go to that one since Louis looks like he's getting the sniffles, and even though he's very active and eating and drinking just fine, I want to check to make sure there's no problem'.
Then I walked in, and the first red flag that went off in my head was a woman who brought in her cat to be declawed. Now, I know it's none of my business what the other woman does, though it does concern me that this vet was willing to declaw her cat. Having a friend who did declaw her cat as it was being extremely aggressive, I could understand in an extreme case, so I asked her. And she told me it was because the cat was scratching her furniture. So this vet is declawing cats for the sake of furniture? /: That doesn't sit quite right with me.
So then I go in with Louis, and the vet comes out, and I ask him if they do declaw animals there. He rather enthusiastically said yes, so I asked why, and told him I heard it was a very bad idea and should only be done under extreme circumstances. He then told me that declawing them was the humane thing to do since many owners put their cats outside because of destructive clawing. But what he said that really stuck a thorn in my side was that the other side of the declawing issue (keeping the claws) was a PURELY EMOTIONAL ISSUE and that declawed cats DO JUST FINE OUTSIDE. WHAT?!
Not that I'm considering declawing my babies at all, this tells me something about THAT vet. Oh, but it doesn't end there!
When he was telling me about the vaccinations and boosters, I asked him why I should get all of them, especially since I read some very interesting things about how many vaccines either don't work, or even how they INDUCE the illness, and I don't want that happening to my babies, especially since I keep them indoors anyway, and only take them outside on a harness and leash.
And then he went off on me telling me that I had to do it or I wasn't being a responsible pet owner. He wasn't yelling at me per se, but it was very clear by his tone face and body language he was getting really pissed at me for not just taking his word. Moreover, he never really answered my question. If he gave me a reasonable sounding scientifically based argument, I would definitely not have a problem.
I asked my grandmother and step dad about it, and both say I should go somewhere else. In fact, my grand mother, who owned several cats during her life, were all outside and never vaccinated, though they all lived out in the country. And when I told her about the declawing thing, she told me, "Well, he obviously never met a country cat!"and she's right. I've seen the cat she used to have use his claws A LOT to defend himself and his territory.
What do you guys think?
Edited by author Mon Nov 1, '10 7:07pm PST
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