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Which Veterinarian Would You Choose For Your Cat? — 20 Comments

  1. Thanks Dorothy, yes it’s awful walking away leaving a pet at the vets, Jo is half feral and hates being shut in, but apparently he’d been very good.
    We were so glad to get him home.
    I’ve sent his story to Michael.

    • Glad to hear he is home. It is so upsetting leaving a loved one at the vet. Your whole world is turned upside down. I look forward to the post. Best wishes to Jo and his loving family.

  2. Had the call, Jo is awake and fine, we can pick him up at 2.30 when the vet will see us and explain what’s wrong…I can’t wait to hold him again!

  3. Our Jozef is at the vets today for an anaesthetic to look down his throat and see if something is stuck as he started constantly coughing yesterday and the vet couldn’t find a cause, his heart and lungs and chest are clear, she ran blood tests, all came back normal for his age.
    She have him antibiotics and steroid in the hopes it would help but he was still coughing today.
    The vet we saw yesterday was lovely and kind and gentle and explained everything to us, she worried about the cost of it all (£115 yesterday and how much today we daren’t even think) but to us that doesn’t matter as long as Jo gets put right.
    We are of course out of our minds with worry.
    It’s so heart rending walking away leaving your pet, I’m such a softie I cried all the way home. Waiting for a phone call now, it’s the longest morning ever …..

  4. Sealys vet is awesome. The word tender comes to mind and you can see how gentle he is with his patients. I think he’s just very thorough in his diagnosis techniques. He really loves his patients and doesn’t want to miss any hidden illness. His waiting room is always packed.

    I read the number one reason for euthanasia is the pet owner being unable to afford treatment. People these days lack the money necessary for treatments that in the past caused a disease to be fatal. Now the cat can be treated and perhaps survive but the price may by outrageous.

    I’m so sorry about Cardi. Please keep an eye on her body temp. Dying cats tend to turn very cold near the end. Wrap her up good and hold her to keep her warm. I hate to say it but you’re doing the right thing with her care. No need postponing the inevitable and waiting until she’s in pain.

    All of us here love you Michael. We’ll be here for you.

    • Thanks Elisa. You’re right. Cardi spends her time next to a hot radiator. “Tenderness” in a vet is everything because it shows concern and empathy and without that a vet is nothing but a machine in the business of making a living.

      People in the health business, animal or human really have to have empathy for living creatures, life, call it what you like. It is not enough to be knowledgeable and a skilled surgeon etc.

      Cardi’s health is very hard to deal with. I find it very upsetting.

  5. This is all new to me so thanks for explaining something i didn’t really think about. I am right now amidst trying to choose a vet. I am not so keen on my nearest one but I am thinking maybe they just had a bad day. When I brought my two cats in for their spay appointment it was like they totally forgot the whole conversation we had a week before in their office when we arranged it. It was another assistant and I saw her put me down in the computer but i had to basically reintroduce myself with my 2 cats there right at the time of the operation. It was xmas time so maybe it was just not a good day. A year ago they did a fine job with Red. They knew him by name the second we camein through the door and I spoke to the vet who operated him afterwards and he seemed nice. Basic things that make me feel a bit better. Price in Switzerland is different. 2 spay operations and a first set of shots cost 600 US dollars. I was worried it would be more. Switz is expensive but then minimum wage is 20 bucks an hour. Nevertheless I will be getting insurance for all 3 of my cats. An emergency visit here costs a grand a night just to check on them overnight. (well the checking on them overnight is actually 700 but I guess there would be another 300 for the late night appointment and check over and meds). Right now I am avoiding the issue of taking them in for their second shot and stitches removed. I just dont want to do it. I can for sure get the stitches removed of Gigi myself. I also get nervous when it comes to vaccinations. I hate the VAC risk.
    I will see about another vet who is a little further and see if they are any different but I think pricewise its going to be the same. Still – its good to know about the different kinds of vets out there and to know its important to speak up and make sure they aren’t throwing on a worm check each time.

    • Is it fair to say that the USA vets are a bit more commercial in general to other vets? Not sure. Switzerland sounds expensive but high quality. My current vet is great. He routinely charges about £50 for visits of various kinds that includes an injection. He clearly is not out to make money from me as he operates from a good neighborhood of London. He even recommended not vaccinating my cat! Not many vets would do that. Euthanasia costs £48. Tomorrow I go the vet with Cardi and I think it will be her last journey. It is truly disturbing and upsetting. I hate it.

      • Michael has her health gotten much worse in the last week? Is she very uncomfortable? When you first got her she seemed ok right? That’s awfully sad.

    • We have insurance for Furby with PetPlan. Be sure to compare policies. Some won’t cover illnesses the company believes could have been prevented. Like distemper should you fail to vaccinate.

  6. Yes sadly nowadays with some vets, tests are the first thought in their minds, without even a thorough physical examination and a good talk with the animal’s caretaker to get all the details which build up a picture of the animal’s life and possible health problem as they used to do before all the testing technology was available.
    I dread going to the vets with our cats, having worked with both good and bad vets, the ones I knew and trusted have all retired now.
    We need to not be in awe of vets, we need to ask questions, is that test really necessary?
    We are only too glad to pay for necessary tests and treatment (although standing there while the receptionist tots up the total is scary) but it’s not right for vets to profit through peoples ill pets.

    • By the way Ruth I really like the poster. And what a perfect quote you have used. It really puts things into perspective. Hopefully many people see your posters.

      • Thank you Marc. I’m so glad when any of my posters are used, so was happy to see one pop up on here.
        I find it very relaxing when I have time to design a new one but at present am a bit stuck for new ideas after making so many.
        I met Alf Wight and he was a lovely kind man, he really cared about all his animal clients.

  7. Hi Elisa,

    I’m sure every pet guardian will find this article to be important and very useful. I would guess that the comments section will add quite a bit of wisdom as well.

    It depends upon the cat’s situation and how much I like the vet’s office and staff.

    Another important factor is how much I trust the necessity of x number of tests a vet tends to take compared to other vets.

    I’ve had experiences with a lot of vets and some have seemed incompetent while others have seemed greedy about trying to push too many seemingly unnecessary tests. Those are the two types of vets I avoid.

    In fact, I mostly avoid a clinic a few blocks from my house because they are too greedy. That’s too bad because it’s a high end pet hospital and it used to be great until a new vet bought the practice.

    When she came in and bought it, she cut the number of vets in half, fired all the older non-vet staff, and hired a bunch of underqualified staff – all in their 20’s.

    Furthermore, she and her one remaining vet push tests like crazy every visit. They made it clear that it was all about the fancy and expensive over-testing. They are clearly focused on as much profit per visit and brutally cutting back on expenses. They didn’t really explain much either. Just more and more tests. I went there a few times hoping they would ease up, but when they didn’t, I switched vets.

    The next nearest vet I go to is a few miles away but I drive there because I both like and trust the vet there. He is competent, honest, and reasonably thorough. He seems to care more than most vets. Another thing I liked is he teaches me quite a bit on every visit. He explains everything including each step of each exam. He’s amazing and he has my loyalty.

    Excellent topic.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

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  8. Very interesting post, Elisa, thanks for sharing. As you have a big family you have a lot of vet experience so are well qualified to comment.

    It does come down to cost sadly. Even the best cat carers have to consider the expense and often the best cat carers don’t have much disposable money. Ultimately health costs money and it doesn’t matter if it’s about people or animals.

    That is why the best vet is the one who uses all his experience to decide how to ensure that the client (the person) and the patient (the cat) gets the best value out of a vet visit.

    For me the best vets don’t automatically do routine tests. They use their experience to get to the point quickly (i.e. make a diagnosis) and then do tests to confirm or contradict their diagnosis.

    I think a good vet has to factor in value for money. Vets who do routine test will justify the process as necessary when often it is a way of building in extra costs.

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