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My Heart Goes out to This Woman Whose Cat Escaped from Her Veterinarian’s Clinic — 16 Comments

  1. http://www.catvets.com/cfp/cat-owners/what-is-a-cat-friendly-practice I continue to recommend in the US finding a practice with gold status for your cat. In most cases a vet cannot claim to be a cat expert without credentials that often include internships and extra education.
    The vet we use does not have back room procedures unless there is a need for equipment. I have seen their exam rooms, operating rooms, x ray rooms. I know the layout of my pets facility and it is every bit as important as the staff.
    I am paying more but getting more services included such as free follow ups and a well organized computer system that has my cats full medical history at a tap. My vet spends actual time with my cats. Interacts with them. My cats normal behavior is not seen as misbehavior.
    When we were losing Kitten this hospital and the staff found cost saving everywhere they could so we could continue treatment and they were brutally honest when we reached the end of the line.
    What happened isn’t this couples fault. But as pet owners we trust that DMV. If you see something speak up. If the staff has issues like snotty looks and eye rolling get the heck out of there.
    For anyone who’s pet has been prescribed medication Merck provides a free online complete veterinary drug handbook.
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.html
    Along with the FDA in the US DailyMed provides all medication packages and inserts. These are the most current for human and veterinary drugs.
    https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/index.cfm
    You can access all the information on RX drugs and their warnings that your vet may not mention.
    Sorry to ramble on Michael It really is all one in the same in how our pets are handled from the time they come in the door to the treatments they may receive.

    • Thanks ME. Just so you know. The reason why your commented was held for moderation is because it contains links and the software sees that as a potential spam. It is not me but the software.

  2. I think this kind of thing happens more than we realize. A friend of mine had taken her cat to the vet, and when she picked him up the carrier, as she was going out the door, he bolted out into the street because the carrier door wasn’t closed properly. She never found him, in spite of many attempts in different ways. The vet did nothing, except apologize.

    Be aware that many things can go wrong at the vet’s, and pet guardians are way too trusting. Many of us learn the hard way that we need to be informed and aware of the various hazards at the hands of vets, like over-medicating, over-vaccinating, giving dangerous drugs that have caused illness and death, not reading a pet’s chart that may indicate not to give a certain drug because of toxic reactions, and there are many sites cropping up with horror stories of vet experiences. I can’t post them here, but have sent a couple to Michael, and hopefully he’ll share those with us.

    • I carry zip ties in my purse. That goes on before we leave the exam room. A hard carrier with extra hardware securing it both in how it is put together, most come with extra holes, and doors zip tied are more likely to stay intact if they are dropped or the worst happens and you are in an accident. Most carriers can be seat belted in with a bit of ingenuity
      zip ties come in a variety of strengths. The one with the higher test strength often have a release tab.
      Beware of soft carriers as most have inferior nylon zippers that can pull apart or in the case of one of my cats who got clever a well inserted claw or tooth. Soft carriers provide no body protection in an accident or dog encounter at the vet.
      There are no safety standards for pet carriers aside from size restrictions for travel. Pet carriers should come with a rating similar to riding helmets.
      I live in a pass though town. When there are accidents it’s not uncommon to hear that someone is looking for a cat or dog whose kennel popped open of came apart in the impact.
      This of course bears no weight on how Timmy was lost. That was negligence. I hope he has been found.

  3. I’ve been a cat guardian for 20 straight years; 18 cats and counting. I’ve switched veterinarians at least 12 times for various reasons but when a staff member has taken one of mine from an exam room to the back I am always worried about this happening. It can happen, and they can become complacent as they plod through their routine. Do not let them. Even if it’s just for the sake of helping your pet get through whatever they’re putting them through, remind them that you know your pet and how he or she likes to be treated. Remind them that it’s an individual, that it knows it’s name, that it’s a cat not a dog, to slow the heck down and lower their voices, to see that place through your pet’s eyes and ears, to keep the dogs quiet and calm, that it’s not just a place of business it’s your cat’s worst nightmare. I’ve seen it all too often, even with experienced personnel, and it would take just one event like this couple’s to guilt you the rest of your life for trusting your pet to them. And the woman did speak up beforehand in this case and it still happened. I really, really feel for that poor cat and I hope it was found and properly cared for.

    • Beautifully said Albert. I have felt the same concern for my cats when at a vets. Although I confess I have never considered the possibility that he might escape the building. I will now though.

    • Albert, Would you be willing to share some of your experiences with us, about your reasons for changing vets? I’ve recently taken my cat to 4 different vets for 2nd opinions, and each one did something that was a red flag for me. One vet even rejected me as a client, when I asked what medications would be given for dental work. I’d already paid for a visit, but when I didn’t get the names of the medications, I emailed her to ask, and that’s when I got her response that I should find another vet.

      I’ve come to the realization that most vets want “compliance” without too many questions. After all, they are in a position of authority. And I regret to say that there were too many years in the past that I didn’t think to question them, and falsely assumed that they knew best.

      We have to remember that even though people can have the same education, they will always have their own opinions, which greatly affect their recommendations. And if profits are involved, even opinions can be swayed.

      We need to “Be AWARE and Informed” in order to protect our pets. A smart phone can be used at the vet’s office, to look up any medication they recommend. Look at the potential side effects before you consent. I’ve never been told about the side effects until after the fact, so it’s really up to us to take the time that may save your pet’s life.

  4. Michael_ you have made a good point. This clinic is a storefront and he could have been picked up.If not I would search for an injured cat who is hiding from the world. has anyone thought he could be hiding or even fell or ran into a storm drain or even jumped into a strangers vehicle? I would be just so worried and I do feel their frustration.
    Eva_

  5. Most vet clinics have a set up that prevents this kind of mishap.
    One of the reasons we left a clinic we had used for years was the lax attitude of open doors from one area to the next.
    There is a nifty invention called a window screen. Shame on this clinic.
    Lets hope Timmy is found soon.

    • You know it this problem never really occurred to me until I read the story but I now see the danger. Thanks ME.

  6. I wish she had insisted on being with her moggie for the blood test,my vet allows me to stay with mine especially when my beloved Mysterymine needed to have a blood panel done because he was more calm with me in the room,I hurt for this woman!

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