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How to Avoid a “Bad Veterinarian”: Listen to your Inner Voice — 9 Comments

  1. Absolutely agree with you 100% on not patronizing any vet/clinic that does declawing, Jo, if at all possible! Unfortunately, where I live, in a wealthy city, most of the vets I’ve encountered are indeed “all about the money” and very short on bedside manner. We are fortunate to live between two cities which have feline-only practices: Whiskers To Tail Cat Hospital in Pasadena and Bastet Cat Hospital in Burbank. We had an excellent vet who had a full-service practice out in Hesperia, Dr. Ahmed. He not only had everything right there for patients’ needs, he worked with those who were less financially fortunate, trying his very best to accomodate them.

  2. Speaking of “ignorant” veterinarians- As most of you know we recently adopted a 5 month old black domestic shorthair kitten.

    The shelter folks were wonderful and gave us all of his medical records at the time we adopted him- shot records- etc. I was absolutely outraged when I noticed that this baby kit was given a Rabies kitten shot- a THREE YEAR adjuvanted vaccine of all things.

    He absolutely should have received a one-year Purevax vaccine which is not adjuvanted. Now I have to be very diligent and watch for any lump- I do NOT want to have to go through another case of vaccine associated sarcoma again. That is a total heart breaker.

    While some say that the risk is 1-10,000 it is probably more like 1-5,000.. but when our cats develop it due to the wrong vaccine- then it is 100% as far as I am concerned.. SIGH

  3. I was surprised to find that the vets and techs. at my local “low cost” animal center are the cream of the crop in terms of compassion, understanding and listening to those who know the animal the best. I always thought the highest price place would certainly be the best but learned otherwise in my own search for a personal doctor! I thought about it and came to the conclusion that these people who choose to work there are just as qualified as any other vet but the difference is that they are making a bit less money and may not have the latest version of each piece of equipment but they have made up with it in experience as they have a very high volume of patients (not too high to give us each our proper attention or to love on the kitties :)). They are not a full service vet but they do have a partnership with an amazing full service place that gives us a discount as well. We do not really need the discount services as we are diligent about making certain we have cat emergency funds but so long as the service is great and they really care about my fur babies and do what is needed to keep them healthy and happy, I will continue to take my boys there.

  4. Arrogance in a vet with a deaf ear can and does cause great long term suffering to the feline species. They]cats[are unique. I am still looking for that magic vet. advocate for my full grown babies*

  5. Nice article, Jo.
    I spent weeks finding a clinic that I thought would be best for cats when my old vet retired.

    All was well until I came across a serious problem with my Cora 4 months ago. She was having severe mouth pain, eating little, and starting to lose weight. I was pretty sure it was a tooth problem. I took her into the clinic THREE times only to be told that they couldn’t find anything wrong. By that time, she had dropped from 7# to 5#. One vet even had the nerve to ask me if I thought that she could be “faking” in order to get attention. How in the h-ll do you respond to that?

    On my last visit, I noticed the I was the only one with a cat and recalled previous visits when I saw nothing but dogs in the waiting area. Obviously, they were canine oriented, and I was in the wrong place indeed.

    At that point, I found a feline only vet. As it turned out, poor Cora had to have nearly all of her teeth extracted. Today, she’s free from pain, eating well, and putting weight back on.

    Again, Jo, a nice article.

  6. I couldn’t have said it better Charles. I’ve taken my cats to a number of vets in my area (12) over the years, two of whom actually participated in ending two cats’ lives (by malpractice). I found irreconcilable differences with the first 11. One of them is but two blocks away, and is the among the worst, so I drive about 14 miles (passing others along the way) to reach the hospital I’ve been going to. Even there, they aren’t what I would call especially feline-friendly. This has been a 20 year ordeal, and the best advice I would give cat owners is to be as knowledgable as you can and keep your cats as healthy as you can so you can, so you end making as few trips as necessary to avoid dog-handling assistant and vets who, as you concur, look down their nose at your questions and suggestions, let alone make costly mistakes.

  7. Hi, Jo! Wonderful article!

    I admit I had my doubts about Samirah’s vet. Some of the things he said, like not handling her ever and never clipping her claws didn’t sit well with me. I have to admit that he probably said that because he saw her at her worst, but I saw her softer side.

    She’s stretched out on my bed as I type this. Samirah says “Hi!”

    Anyway, the vet did redeem himself though by providing information to me about her background that I feel the shelter ‘neglected’ to tell me. And his treatment of her has been wonderful. I think he was amazed by how far she’s come along and he wrongly assumed she would never change. If he had kept that negative attitude I would have found another vet. You’re absolutely right: as pet parents we have to follow our gut. If something’s wrong, leave.

  8. I can relate to what you say in your article, Jo. I have had some bust-ups with the vets who collaborate with the rescue center from which I adopted Gabriel. I had to use this veterinary clinic and they wanted to dictate what should be done, ignoring the fact that I was the cat’s caretaker and the bottom line was that the decision making on Gabriel’s welfare was my call.

    I now use my original vet and they are better. All vets should listen to the cat’s caretaker. Sometimes the information won’t be good but often it’ll be useful and sometimes critical.

    I have always felt that a good cat guardian should be knowledgeable and be able to provide informed information to their vet to assist him/her. The timid wilting flower of an owner is at the mercy of the vet. If the vet is not good the cat’s care is in bad hands.

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