My cat is sick…and it's my vet's fault

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@leahthehun:  I am so sorry! That’s heartbreaking. I hope your kitty recovers – he’s too young to be so ill!

I don’t know the best approach to take with your regular vet, but I’d be livid. Maybe wait until your cat is out of the woods, and then address it with the vet’s office. I believe you can also report a vet to the state licensing agency. It seems like a pretty clear case of malpractice to me, but there are probably bees who actually know what they’re talking about who can advise you. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What kind of aspirin did you give? Was it given to you by the vet? Or did you buy it yourself? I only ask because there are different kinds of aspirin – bufferin, enteric coated, and “regular” uncoated/not buffered. Most animals have a hard time with the enteric coating, and the uncoated/unbuffered kind wreaks havoc on their stomachs.

Definitely change vets, though – they should have known better and advised you differently!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Wow, as a cat person I am pissed FOR you!! I would DEFINITELY call the vet and say something, otherwise other people will have the same problem with her! I hope your kitty is ok!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@annifer:  +1.

 

A similar thing happened to my cat. She was constantly licking herself “down there” and would burry herself in the closet and GROWL all night at herself. She wouldn’t eat, she wouldn’t really drink, and she was super lethargic. I looked up what it could possibly be and it said pyometritis which is DEADLY if not treated since It’s an infection with their uterus.

We took her into the vet and they ran a couple of tests and he claimed that my cat just thought she was pregnant. DH and I were like… “okay…” but just brought her back home. She continued to get worse and we finally demanded that they take out her uterus and they did and told us it was FOUR TIMES the size of a normal uterus and that if we waited any longer she would have died. (same vet, mind you.) SO, long story short my vet could have killed my cat. I feel your pain. I would be giving them a nice hefty talk if I were you. Hopefully your cat is okay!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@leahthehun:  You need to sue the vet for the cost of the animal hospital bills…and probably the cost of the appointment in which he told you to buy aspirin… and the cost of the aspirin.  Don’t have contact with them and record everything that is happening and that you can remember from your appointment and any previous problems with the vet.

So sorry this is happening to you. (and your kitty!)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

So horrible. I just have to say just like with doctors, when it comes to a vet, don’t ever just trust them blindly, they make misstakes. Honestly I can’t understand how the vet can recomend something like that. I am always carefull with aspirins because I know they are not good for my stomach. I used to trust vets more in the past but after having problems with my animals I don’t. I’ve had wrong doses written out, medicins written out that have given my rabbit epeleptic attack…and so on. So my advise to all pet owners is, always google and talk to other people with knowledge about animals and check what the vets say.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@leahthehun:  You are being way too nice about this. “Good intentions?!” She is a vet. She is supposed to advise you and take care of your pet. She failed at doing her job and I would be reporting her. I am sure there is a governing body for vets. I would do that in addition to telling her right off.

I hope your furbaby gets better 🙁

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The vet sure as hell needs to pay for the cost of the completely avoidable treatment your kitty is going through! Maybe she was having an off day, or maybe not… doesn’t matter. She messed up. Vets have insurance for a reason. Make sure you keep a record of everything that’s gone on.

I hope your cat is out of the woods soon!

ETA: Do you have some sort of record that shows her prescription of 1 Aspirin per day?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsPanda99:  I have to agree about being too nice.

I know you don’t want to get her in trouble, but please at least address it with the office and ask what they can do. Your cat has emergency vet bills (I know how pricey that can be) – and it’s because your vet screwed up.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@leahthehun:  That is horrible. I’m so sorry.

My old vet caused my old cat alot of pain.  Needless to say – I never brought any of my pets back to that vet.  My old long haired cat had a huge cut on her stomach and all the fur around it was matted.  The vet said it was a tumor without even checking it..the vet even grabbed it and everything causing my cat to scream in pain.  2 days later i woke up to find blood on the carpet and my cat hiding under the bed.  Brought her to the vet, and told them there was no way it was tumor and they had to figure out what was wrong.  Another vet at the practice shaved her fur and saw the cut and stitched her up. My cat could have bled to death or the cut could have gotten infected since the other vet misdiagnosed her!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@jag:  Google can be a very dangerous place for medical advice (human and animal)  If you have concerns about what you have been told by a medical professional you should seek a second opinion, not poll randoms on the internet.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@annifer:  Exactly. Not to mention the fact that regular vets are expensive too and I would not be willing to pay for “care” that put my pet in grave danger. I consider our dog a part of the family and if the OP does as well then this vet nearly killed a family member. She deserves to get in trouble.

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