Post # 1
Our sweet puppy that we adopted over the summer has a possible eye infection. Red and cloudy eye, but she was avting normal. We took her to the vet ( she has seen her once for a quick exam to establish her there, she was up to date on everything when we adopted her) and he really made me uncomfortable. I felt as if he was preying on my love for my dog to scare me into things that might not be needed. She just started eye drops yesterday morning and of course her eye is not better today, it takes time. Now he’s telling me she could lose her eye, I need to come in right this second, they may need to keep her over night etc. He about had me in tears when I told him no, I can’t leave the office at 8 am to drive 30 mins to the vet. I work in a professional field, just leaving is not an option unless I am bleeding to death. I love my dog, but I just can’t and he made it seem like she would lose her eye for sure if I didn’t come in this morning.
I made an appt on my lunch break to take her to a different a vet in my town. WWYD? My mind thinsk how can he say she will lose her eye when yesterday he didn’t know if it was an eye infection or what it was? So what is he basing it off of? I am equal parts losing my shit thinking something is really wrong with my dog and unhappy that he has me so worked up when we have no idea what is wrong with her. Please be kind, I am a bundle of nerves right now.
Post # 3
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 # 4
No tests, nothing was done but an exam. I want to trust him, but the way he acted during the phone call made me wonder. I am going to get her taken care of, of course, I just don’t want to be freaking out and spending $$$ unless there is cause for it ykwim?
Post # 5
@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
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
I would definitely get a second opinion on my pet if the vet made me uncomfortable. In fact, I would change vets!
Post # 8
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
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
All vets are not equal. Get that second opinion.
Post # 11
I wish I had taken a picture of her eye. She rough houses with our other dog and it is entirely possible her eye got scratched. I just wonder if that can cause the eye to be cloudy. Heck, who knows. I just know my eye doesn’t get cloudy with an infection but clearly I am not a Weimeraner, haha.
Post # 12
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
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 # 14
I feel bad because this is the practice we used for my pets when I was growing up. But this is a new vet to the practice and I did like him in person. He told me it could be an eye infection or something wrong with her eyelid which would require surgery, but I didn’t think to question him on when and how he would know which it is. I don’t think he was trying to be an ass, I just think he’s new and maybe over zealous which I felt even more when he told me the reason I had to come ” right now ” is because he is only here today in the morning but another vet would be there when I get off work.
Post # 15
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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
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!