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ArkenBillsmom

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Yesterday I took Bill to get fixed. We have not been going to this vet long but it was " a so far so good" situation. Anyway, yesterday we picked him up after surgery n they said he was grouchy while they tried to give him pain meds so they sent it home with us. Well on the way home I notice there alot of blood all over his cage. Long story short, we take him back to the vet he has two large clots and they have to open him up again. I was Pissed!!! To say the least. Vet tells us he might have a genetic clotting disorder so we blood test him Results came today, No ABNORMALITIES! VET then confesses it was probably the laser treatment they gave him after surgery. I was never told he would be getting this. In fact, they didnt do their usual information session with us either. They apologized (sort of) and Bill seems to be doing ok. I just don't know if I want to take him back to that vet! Any suggestions? I live in the grand rapids michigan area. Also, am I being overly hard on the vet?
 
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I do not think you are being overly hard. I never heard of a vet not giving pain meds because a cat is grouchy and make you do it. Granted of course you would have to give meds upon him coming home, but not to administer there is a bit odd. If laser treatment is part of their normal procedure after neutering it is not odd. It is a routine procedure and to them it might just be routine and not feel they need to even mention. Just like giving pain meds after is routine and they don't normally tell you ahead of time they will need them afterward etc. Were you charged on the bill extra for the laser part? I hope they paid for the blood clot testing though. There was no need for it if it was truly their fault. Bottom line if you feel uncomfortable then by all means do not go back. Trusting a vet is no different than trusting your own doctor. You do not want any regrets and just to even ask that question probably means you don't trust them.


Most importantly I wish Bill happy healing.


Patti
 
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I'm sorry your baby had to endure this. Prayers, he will be fine now.
Maybe @susi794 could give you information about a Vet.
She lives around there. I wouldn't use that Vet again either.
 

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@ArkenBillsmom , Awh... Please give healing speedy recovery head kisses to Bill..
I would be furious too .. I would definitely move on to a different vet-
So so sorry Bill and you had a such a bad experience-

My current vet actually has staff come in the room with a print out to sign explaining all procedures , tests , costs
.. It comes across a little cold but I suppose it is for everyone's best interest to be on the same page..

Please give Bill extra kisses from me
 

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@ArkenBillsmom : healing vibes sent to Bill! Can imagine you're pissed off! This vet is not doing his job right. And that he even dare to made you pay!
Hope Bill will heal fast.
 

ArkenBillsmom

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Yeah the vet did have that print out but at the same time I had no idea that they did that. They never told us they did the lazer stuff. I would not have had a problem with these complications if it has been handled better and if I didn't have to be an advocate for me cat...it seems silly to me.
 

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Dr. Tammy Sadek is a feline specialist in Grand Rapids and she is wonderful! She is at the Kentwood Vet Clinic. I would trust her any time.
 

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Yeah the vet did have that print out but at the same time I had no idea that they did that. They never told us they did the lazer stuff. I would not have had a problem with these complications if it has been handled better and if I didn't have to be an advocate for me cat...it seems silly to me.

You're so right about being angry! They should have informed you better and should have taken better care of Bill afterwards. Glad to hear Bill is safe home with you know!
 

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He is doing ok. He is oozing a little but the vet said that is normals for being opened up twice. I am going to be researching more. He has been doing alot of licking and I have two collars I put on him and we have tried a onese. He has been moving around pretty well but takes several naps throughout the day which is not like him but I expected he would need to rest more. But, he has some of his energy back. I just hope he heals well. I read an article that fish oil and vitamin D3 could help him with pain. Is this true?
 

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Awh Adorable Bill ...you get some rest and be back to yourself soon!
What a face!
I don't know about the fish oil or vit D 3 for pain-

Please keep us updated !
Snuggle together and feel better soon Bill!
 

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Aaaw het looks adorable on the photo. With a look on his face like he wants to say "mommy why do I need to wear a big blue thing around my neck?"

Hope Bill will heal fast! Don't no about the fish oil or D3 as pain medication. Hopefully somebody else knows about this.
 

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No i doubt think you are being to hard. I know for experience that sometimes things don't go as planned when working with animals but I think they really dropped the ball.
I would recommend you express their concerns to a business manager.
He looks so cute in his healing gear. I wish you a fast and good recovery
 

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The pain meds problem is a bit strange. I have never had a vet that couldn't give pain meds. As far as the complication with the surgery goes, these do happen sometimes. We had a furry cat several years ago that developed an infection from his neuter. He developed a fever, oozed pus and blood and had to be opened up again to be cleaned out. It felt like forever before he was back to normal, but it was really only a couple of weeks. The vet at that time was astounded. He said that was a first for him in 15 years of neutering tomcats. It sounds to me like your vet did everything right about the bleeding episode. I know it is really upsetting to have this happen, but from your description, the vet handled the problem promptly and checked for a bleeding disorder. Having said all that, I also wouldn't blame you for looking for another vet--at least to find one who is better at giving pain meds!
 

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awwww he is so cute !! I am sorry you had to go thru this with Bill. I would deff go to a diff Vet .
 

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Yesterday I took Bill to get fixed. We have not been going to this vet long but it was " a so far so good" situation. Anyway, yesterday we picked him up after surgery n they said he was grouchy while they tried to give him pain meds so they sent it home with us. Well on the way home I notice there alot of blood all over his cage. Long story short, we take him back to the vet he has two large clots and they have to open him up again. I was Pissed!!! To say the least. Vet tells us he might have a genetic clotting disorder so we blood test him Results came today, No ABNORMALITIES! VET then confesses it was probably the laser treatment they gave him after surgery. I was never told he would be getting this. In fact, they didnt do their usual information session with us either. They apologized (sort of) and Bill seems to be doing ok. I just don't know if I want to take him back to that vet! Any suggestions? I live in the grand rapids michigan area. Also, am I being overly hard on the vet?

Hey,
Just wondering which vet this was at, I live in the Grand Rapids area too and I'm struggling to find a vet which I trust and knows about sphinx cats. Hope your kitty recovered quickly from that horrible experience :(
 

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@Danielle13 , welcome :)

I would recommend postings a new thread with looking for in Grand Rapids area
Amd hopefully members can chime in -

I wasn't able to find a sphynx specific vet close by I my small town .
I got a vet I have a great working relationship with who is receptive amd will consult with colleagues too-
 

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I don't think you're being too hard, honestly I feel like the standards for vets are way too low compared to what you'd expect from human doctors and for the prices they charge especially where you live.. Considering a neutering is such a simple procedure I probably wouldn't go to a place where I had complications with that again and their attitude seems bad also. I keep running into certain problems with vets: they don't tell me about procedures or warn me about risks at all, literally just try to give my cat an unknown shot without disclosing any information. The first one I went to with Marcel gave him, a well behaved lapcat, a Convenia shot for a little eye infection without telling me anything about it.. it's obscenely dangerous and completely unnecessary for something eyedrops could fix unless you have an outdoors cat that can't be handled. Didn't even fix his infection, had to go to another vet for eyedrop that did the trick. Similar stuff with vaccinations, they also seem to have trouble taking any special considerations/the owner's wishes into account it's just sort of like a factory job where they try to do the same for every cat.. I had one vet that seemed nice so far tell me they couldn't do a simple blood test without putting a cat under, what?! And always seem to be guessing and doing a worse job than google.. sigh, pisses me off all the time!
 
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