Post # 1
I have a 6 year old cat who is very healthy. I have never had to bring her to the vet for any type of sickness. She is an indoor only cat, so she doesn’t interact with other animals except for my dog and my other cat (who is also indoor). Last week I took her to the vet for a routine check-up. We recently moved, so this was the first time I’ve been to this particular vet. The vet said she was healthy and commented that her only problem is that she could use a teeth cleaning.
However, a few days after taking my cat to the vet, I noticed she was sneezing. It wasn’t just the occasional sneeze, but she would sneeze 5 or 6 times in a row several times a day. It seems like the sneezing is getting worse, so I definitely want to take her to a vet. I’m afraid she has an upper respiratory infection.
Should I call the vet I took her to last week and ask them if it’s possible she got sick there? She was perfectly healthy before she went for her check-up, so I can’t imagine how else she would get an infection. Should I expect them to examine her for free? I feel like they are responsible, but I’m not sure how to approach them.
Post # 3
Well, it never hurts to ask, but I’d be surprised if they examined her for free since that’s the risk you take when you get her out in public. If you caught a cold while getting a regular checkup at the doctor, they wouldn’t cover your next visit even if the germs at the doctor got you sick. Plus, there is no way to prove thats how she got sick. All you can really do is call and just be upfront about it and ask directly for what you want. They can say yes or no, but beating around the bush isn’t going to get you what you want.
Hope your kitty feels better! My poor kitty has been sick too and we’ve been at the vet twice in the past month.
Post # 4
could she be allergic to something new since you moved recently? I wouldn’t expect them to examine her for free, either, though. Hope she feels better soon!
Post # 5
i kinda feel like that’s the same as if you took your kid to the doctor’s office, they got sick, and then you expected them to treat her for free afterward. it isnt their fault
Post # 6
@memorialbride13: We moved about a month ago, and this is the first time she’s started sneezing. I don’t think it’s allergies.
It seems like all of you are saying I won’t get a free exam, but do you think I should at least bring the issue to their attention? I’m worried other cats may have gotten sick there too.
Post # 7
She probably has herpes. Most cats have a dormant herpes infection that gets reactivated during stressfull situations (like moving, going to the vet, etc). You can get lysine from your vet to give her (they make it in a treat form) and it helps prevent reactivation of the virus.
Post # 8
Did she get any shots for anything? That’s more of what I’d be suspicious about.
Post # 9
I agree with PP’s who say that it isn’t the vets fault. It is the risk you take when you take a pet to the vet. Most animals don’t go to the vet because they are healthy, just like most people don’t go to the dr when nothing is wrong. If your pet does have an infection would you think it is the vets job to pay for another pet that your cat could infect? My puppy got kennel cough from her vet but my SO and I just took it as being the risk we took. In my opinion there is nothing to bring to your vets attention. They can’t not look after other sick pets because they might infect someone elses.
If it’s something you need to do for yourself, (if this is really bugging you, etc) then go for it. But I highly doubt anything will come of it. If your vet is reputable then they are already taking all of the appropriate precautions. (Wiping down surfaces, cleaning tools, etc) If you vet isn’t reputable then I reccomend you find someone else who is.
**I’m not saying that because your cat got sick at the vet that the vet isn’t reputable. Just don’t want that to be misunderstood.