Second Veterinarian Opinion

Second Veterinarian Opinion

by Elisa Black-Taylor

Laura holding Booger

Laura holding Booger

Laura holding Booger Whiskers and Scrappy My beautiful Cocoa

Please get a second veterinarian opinion on your cat if you don't like what a vet is telling you.

The first picture is of my young daughter and a stray we fed named Booger. He died a senseless death thanks to a stupid vet.

Readers, PLEASE, I know most of you are intelligent enough to realize this. I just can't stress the importance of this enough!

If I'd listened to one vet last week, my Cocoa would probably be dead now. Here's the story of that experience. You don't have to be empathic or psychic for an alarm to go off in your head when your cat is seriously ill. It normally stares you in the face.

Why is it so hard for some people to seek a second vet opinion? We do it all the time on everything else. We do it before human surgery. We do it on our cars if a mechanic finds nothing wrong yet we KNOW there's a problem. Think of it as life-or-death comparison shopping.

Because your failure to act could KILL your cat!

I listened to this same vet almost twenty years ago and lost four cats because of a misdiagnosis. Here's the story about the worst week of my life. I was young and naïve and too trusting of someone who shouldn't even be allowed to practice.

I literally had flashbacks a few weeks ago when this same vet told me to let my Cocoa go without food for five days and there was nothing wrong with him. My regular vet was out sick that day.

If only I'd listened to my inner voice in the early 1990's, I believe I could have saved at least two of my cats. Whiskers almost made it.

It may be wishful thinking, but we believe Cocoa is slowly improving. No thanks to a man trained to help animals yet turns them away as if they didn't matter to him.

I don't believe they do. There are vets out there who don't have a "bad day." Everyone in my town knew who I was writing about. I feel so sorry for those who lose their cats because they ignore their intuition and then have to deal with the grief and the blame of knowing a second opinion could have saved their cat.

Readers, have any of you ever listened to that voice in your head that your animal was a lot sicker than your vet diagnosed and gotten a second vet to examine your cat? Or worse, have you NOT listened and now have to live with your mistake for the rest of your life?

Do you know what it's like to tell your only child that not one-but FOUR of the cats she loved are DEAD?

And yes, Scrappy looks a lot like my little Mandy. I'm sorry I couldn't locate a photo of Tom. He was a feral and I never took many photos of him. He was solid black and a real sweetheart.

I get very upset and very angry when I think of what I've gone through. I know someone is going through this right now and won't realize it until it's too late.

Women especially are born with a sixth sense of something being wrong. Don't ignore it.

Please share your stories here. I'm really concerned at how many bad vets are out there.


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May 04, 2011
Second Opinion
by: Anonymous

I agree Elisa. I might also add that many times we avoid asking our vets for additional tests when a cursory exam does not turn up a problem. We don't want to seem to be questioning our vet's judgment and extra tests are often more expensive, so we just adopt a "wait and see" posture. However, I lost a beautiful buff-colored Maine Coon cat because I did not follow my gut and ask for more tests to be done. So please, don't decide to wait and see. Ask for more tests, and if your vet is reluctant, go to another vet for a second opinion.

May 04, 2011
Cocoa's eating!
by: Elisa

I stopped by the bad vets office this morning just to get Cocoa some more of the food. I've known the receptionist there since the other incident and I told her what had happened. Her mouth was hanging open when I left.

I fed Cocoa through the syringe for several tubefulls. Then I put some of the food up on a fork and put it under his nose and he kept on eating it. I didn't give him a lot since he's been on a very small amount of food for almost three weeks and I'll have to increase the amount gradually over a few days.

THIS is probably the most important story I'll do this year because this can and probably will happen to every pet owner at least once.

May 04, 2011
The Inner Voice
by: Michael

I couldn't agree with you more. If the cat caretaker is reasonable, reasonably intelligent and likes animals, he or she must listen to her inner voice as it represents a lifetime's experience.

Vets are good and bad. There are more good vets than bad but unfortunately some good vets declaw and for me they are, therefore, bad.

The veterinary qualification process does not assess how suitable a person's character is when they apply to be a vet. Some people pass all the exams etc. but are simply out of tune with what they should be: empathic towards animals.

Veteriarian schools etc should do a test to check out the vet-to-be's character.

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