Post # 1
I need to vent. My 5 year old cat recently got diagnosed with advanced heart disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) which didn’t come as a huge surprise since I’ve known about his heart murmur for a few years.
Well, my vet prescribed him some meds, including Aspirin to thin his blood to avoid blot clots. Made sense to me, so I gave him an Aspirin every day as recommended by my vet.
Two days ago, I came out to feed my cat and I see that he’s been throwing up blood all night. Obviously I rush him to the animal hospital, and they’re shocked when I tell them about the Aspirin – saying that most likely the Aspirin has caused ulcers in his stomach and GI tract. They said usually you give Aspirin to cats every 3 days or so because they have a hard time breaking it down.
I’m so mad at my vet for prescribing the Aspirin, and I feel so so so guilty. I feel like I’ve been poisoning him every night for the past 3 weeks. Why did she tell me to give him Aspirin every day!? My cat is currently still at the hospital – he’s lethargic, not eating, won’t take his meds – all because of the stupid Aspirin.
I’m so so sad. I hate that this was caused by something that was totally preventable. I want to call my vet and yell and scream at her, but of course I won’t. I know she had good intentions, but how could she not know to not give cats Aspirin every day?? He may never recover from this, and I’m heartbroken.
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
@crayfish: I bought it myself. The only thing the vet said was to make sure it was an 81mg dose. I bought the only bottle that had that specific dosage – looking at it now it says “safety coated – enteric.” My vet didn’t mention any of the different coatings and what to stay away from.
I’m definitely not going back to that vet. I’m going to call them or stop in after this is all settled and ask for his records, telling them exactly why I’m leaving.
Like I said, I know she had good intentions and was just trying to help, but still.
Post # 6
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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 # 7
@annifer: That’s good advice. I’m going to wait until this (hopefully) blows over and then talk to my original vet. Maybe at least I can prevent her from prescribing that for another cat.
I don’t want to report her or get her in trouble – until this incident she’s been great…she was the original vet that discovered his heart disease in the first place – but it doesn’t sit right with me. I’ll talk to the owner/main vet at that clinic and let him know exactly what happened.
Post # 8
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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@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
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
@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
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
@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
@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
@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
@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.