|Barked: Wed Aug 8, '12 9:04pm PST |
|OK, I know this is "dog"ster and there's probably a better avenue for this, but I just want to hear what people think about my particular experience with my vet- it's about my cat, but it's more about my vet, so just pretend I'm talking about a dog instead of a cat. (He's bigger than my dog anyway...)
I have a mean, nasty, 9 year old cat. When he was two, he developed bladder crystals, blocked, and had to be treated at an emergency clinic (at midnight on saturday, of course!) The problem was alleviated, he was put on Rx food (Hill's WD, because he's a fatty.) He's been perfectly fine since that isolated incident. I get the food at the vet's office, and for the past 9 years, I have only brought the cat into the vet every third year for his rabies booster. He's been perfectly healthy. (He needs no other vaccines as an indoor only cat.) Last year, my vet decided she would no longer sell me the food without a current well-pet exam (not a rabies booster year.). So in addition to the $30 bag of RX food, I had to spend $80 to bring a healthy cat to the vet and be told he's healthy. Does this irk anyone else?
I understand the need for well exams, and especially for an office visit to be required for something like heartworm prev, because of the risks of giving preventative to a positive dog. But there's nothing in the exam that will show if my cat has had further complications due to his bladder issues. (They don't inspect that.)
I guess what gets me is that when the going gets tough and the economy sucks, the vet changes her practice to squeeze her clients.
Does anyone else think this is kind of slimey? I'm debating changing to a different food so I don't have to go to the vet, but I'm afraid of trying to fix what ain't broke. And he's a picky eater and LOVES WD.
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