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Is the BRAN test suitable for a veterinarian’s client? — 5 Comments

  1. ME I am so sorry that happened to Kitten. Some vets are just gash, and should not be around any living being, even themselves.

    BRAN, definitely. I’m delighted to leave the vets or human docs with no need to treat, no medicines or maybe use something I have at home, something simple.

    Yes, ask, ask, ask, ask then ask some more.

    Asking questions and insisting on helpful, informative answers is a very good way of weeding out crap vets and doctors.

    If they get pissy when you ask a question, how are they going to cope when you start discussing differential diagnoses’ or object to them trying to stick a vaccine needle in you cat’s neck? Not very well, and that can impact on your cat

    So, for the sake of your cat, to give them the best chance, learn, bone up, swot away, question always. If you understand what has gone wrong for your cat, what the treatment is and how it works, you stand a better chance of complying with medication doses and spotting when something is amiss.

    If you gain as much knowledge as you can when your cat is unwell, then you can also feel as if you have some control over the situation. Frustration, lack of control & lack of understanding make things much worse when your cat is sick or injured.

    • I am pleased that you are an advocate of BRAN! It’s the best way. I had a bit of a bust up with the vet who I had to use because I adopted my cat from a rescue and they have their own vet. The argument was over when to neuter. I won the argument.

  2. I totally agree with employing the BRAN test. Regarding antibiotic usage, actually many low grade infections are self healing, for felines as well as humans. Dental cleaning and anaesthesia is definitely a debatable issue surfacing on the forefront. Declawing for any reason is just a no brainer…a big NO.

    • As we the cat guardians become more informed about the special health risks associated with cats there are occasions you may find yourself more knowledgeable than the DVM. Cat owners should always look for a feline certified clinic and read the reviews carefully.
      The real relevance of the antibiotic overdose that killed Kitten is that almost no vets even when handing you that clipboard to consent really discuss what is going to happen to your pet, the qualifications of the staff involved and the drugs used.
      I agree many infections are self resolving with supportive care. Because with everything else a cat that fails to eat becomes at risk for fatty liver in a relatively short time that may not always be the best course. I believe that within a few years the treatment courses for cats will be changed dramatically instead of simply based on this is what we do for dogs.

  3. When the negligent DVM injected Kitten with enrofloxacin she never even said what she was doing. She just walked back into the exam room and jabbed her death sentence into her leg. Had she spent 30 seconds explaining the dangers of this antibiotic and the warning about blindness I would have caught the math error. I spent many years working with precise calculations and this wasn’t rocket science. It’s been my conjecture since that many disasters could be thwarted with mandatory consent to treat forms that were specific and must be in plain English with warnings clearly listed.
    BTW it took a long time to connect the dots to this and her liver failure with finally killed her. Since DVMs do not like to use enrofloxacin on cats because of the threshold of safety vs the efficacy of the dose it’s a poor choice for cats when other antibiotics are safer and just as capable of treating the condition.
    I also have a lifetime of handling and treating livestock so I’m not uneducated in the methodology DVMs use when deciding to treat or not to treat.
    With URI cats are generally given an antibiotic to prevent secondary or treat secondary infections.
    All of my claims are backed up by ER DVMs 3 days later. She never needed that type of antibiotic and they even sent her emails stating that fact that I came into possession of during the discovery process.
    So in summary all guardians need to ask questions but we need to learn the right questions. In order to do that we need to be presented with reliable information before treatment. If there is a drug you are especially concerned about you can request you be notified before being used.
    We don’t just need information we need laws that demand all DVMs give full disclosure before treatment.

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