(Closed) Do you get second opinion on your pet?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve never gotten a second opinion on anything with a pet (but I also don’t get them for myself either).

Did the vet take any cultures or samples for testing yesterday?  If he did, the results of those tests could be what has led to the different outlook and higher concern.

Hope your puppy is okay!

Post # 5
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mixtapehearts:  ((HUGS))  Wow, I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this.  I think you are doing the right thing by trusting your gut about the first vet.  I would have done the same thing you did, made an appointment asap with another vet.

I hope your puppy is ok!  Please keep us updated.  Sending positive vibes your way.

Post # 6
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would if it would make you feel more comfortable. My parents dog has arthritis. They notices pain her limping and the vet did xrays and everything and just gave her some supplements. But she wasn’t getting better so my parents took her for a second opinion and they looked at the same xrays and found a break in her foot that happened as a puppy and never healed correctly (she was a rescue). Now she is getting the care she needs.

Also if you like the vet you see today I might consider switching, they don’t sound like a place I would want to go.

Post # 7
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would definitely get a second opinion on my pet if the vet made me uncomfortable. In fact, I would change vets!

Post # 8
5075 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Definitely trust your gut!  When I first adopted my beloved furry boy 10 years ago he had bronchitis.  The first vet gave him antibiotics but they didn’t work.  I called and he said to give it time.  I ended up making an emergency after-hours appt with a different vet.  I knew something was really wrong.

Turned out his bronchitis was so bad you could see it in the Xray.  They had to give him a shot and different pills.  It did the trick!  

Post # 9
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Definitely get a second opinion! I’d also call him back as soon as you can and ask why he changed his prognisis without seeing your dog again. Either he researched the symtoms and thought of something new…or his practice is struggling and he realized that a chance to drum up new income is slipping through his fingers.

I’m not saying he’s necessarily lying to get business, but I hate it when people are like “Oh, your pet’s going to die in the next ten minutes if we don’t do this $5000 treatment right now.”

My OH’s family dog was acting really lathargic, and when we took her to the emergency vet they xrayed, couldn’t see anything, then guessed that a portion of her bowel had spun around forming a sort of sausage link in her gut and she needed surgery RIGHT THEN. They said this, but then said that they wouldn’t really know until they were in her, but if we loved her we needed to agree to the operation right then. Even if we weren’t ok with the operation, bad things might happen if we didn’t leave her there overnight (this happened in the evening after her normal vet was closed). We called their bluff, took her home until the morning, and took her to her vet, who found a tumor in her stomach that was getting large (7lb in a 65lb dog!) and needed to be removed right away. Those other guys may have found it once they opened her up, but she sure didn’t die that night like they were trying to tell us. She’s getting old now but is doing fine. 🙂

Sorry for the storytime, but I hope you don’t worry about your dog too much. You’re taking care of him with the eye drops (and it really does sound like just an eye infection), and he’ll be ok waiting the few hours until you can take him to get a second opinion!

Post # 10
4371 posts
Honey bee

All vets are not equal. Get that second opinion. 

Post # 12
8396 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get the second opinion. Vets should be tactful when dealing with both the pet AND the owner’s feelings, and it sounds like this guy is just a jerk.

Post # 13
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’re definitely doing the right thing by taking her elsewhere. The first vet I took my first cat to made me SO uncomfortable. They kept pushing things on me (medications, food), and I let them do the exam and then never went back. We adopted her and took her there because the shelter said that vet does free exams for adopted pets, but at the end they tried to get me to do $300 worth of stuff for her. I took her to my FI’s vet and LOVE them. They’re awesome, they don’t push anything on you, they like my choice in food, and they explain everything.

Post # 15
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’ve gotten a second opinion for my ferret and would do with my dog, and in this situation, it’s absolutely warrented. It’s important to find a vet you really like and trust for situations like this.

Good luck, and I hope your pup is okay.

Post # 16
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If I’m not comfortable with a vets answer, I would get a second opinion, especially if he did no culture of the ‘eye gunk’ or anything besides an exam. In this case, I would. When my one dog had an ear infection, they took some of the ‘gunk’ and ran cultures to determine the issue.. granted it was a bit more expensive than I had hoped, it gave me a reason to believe.

He’s telling you the dog could lose the eye and it’s more serious than you think, so it’s great you are getting that second opinion. Ask them if there is something they can do to test (like a culture). Just make sure the second vet you are going to has good reviews or comes recommended.

Our other boy has hip dysplasia and I ended up getting a second opinion from a surgical vet. Granted, I spent a lot more for his surgery, I felt a lot better getting the opinion of someone that only does surgeries, not preventative health. I wanted that second opinion because my vet told me he wouldn’t recommend a hip replacement and just pushed the FHO on us, whereas the surgical vet actually explained why the replacement was a terrible idea (his hips are shallow and not aligned right for one, thus a higher risk to dislocate).

Goodluck with the second vet visit! Keep us updated!

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