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I took my cat to the vets because she lost weight rapidly and was grinding when she ate, the vets said she needs a tooth out and it is advisable to have bloods done too. I had to wait a week for her … Read More
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2y, 7m agoPosted 2 years, 7 months ago
I took my cat to the vets because she lost weight rapidly and was grinding when she ate, the vets said she needs a tooth out and it is advisable to have bloods done too. I had to wait a week for her to go in for the procedure and they said if I didn't hear from them the bloods were clear and they would proceed. It cost me £300 and she continued to lose weight and grind when trying to eat. Took her back they said she had dry socket gave her some injections and told me to return for more injections. After the dry socket healed nothing changed. The vets are now saying she has swelling in her kidneys and needs an ultra sound. The vet was extremely rough with her for no reason. I was told bloods were clear and they are saying it is just coincidental that it happened at the same time. She is very thin now and still grinds when eating. I give her a lot of really soft foods now but not sure what to do...I don't want her to go back there. (sorry it's long)
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2y, 7m agoPosted 2 years, 7 months ago
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A good reason for pet insurance, why do people have to learn the hard way.
I'd have gone to another vet explaining the lack of correct diagnosis
they may be able to get copy of blood test

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#1
Sue them for what? Trying to help?
#2
How have they helped???? She is no better from when I originally took her
#3
I don't think you can sue your vet but you may want to change vet if you can. If she does have kidney problems it could be down to eating too many crunchies. Dry cat food is actually very bad for them as most cats get their main water intake from their food rather than by drinking and it can cause a lot of kidney trouble, even kidney failure by feeding them on dry food. If you can't change vet then see if you can get a second opinion for another vet at the practice.

A bit of information on dry cat foods and cats Dry-cat-food
#4
its same as taking car to garage they will look for what could be wrong n try different things. best to seek a seconds vets advice. as they just appear to be guessing... sort out the cat then worry bout previous vet..
#5
Try a different vets
#6
If you've told them the cat was grinding her teeth, that would suggest something in the mouth was causing pain, stopping her from feeding and leading to the weight loss. They have acted appropriately?
#7
surely after 6 weeks she would no longer be grinding her teeth and losing weight then?
#8
Sue them on what grounds exactly?

It's like trying to sue a doctor if they can't diagnose you after two visits. It's hardly negligence.

Take the cat elsewhere and see if you can get better care with a different vet.
#9
onepinkbit
surely after 6 weeks she would no longer be grinding her teeth and losing weight then?

You didn't say it had been 6 weeks already. I would try another vet too for a second opinion.
#10
She went back their about 20 times in total with the same issue and they charged each time. The first 17 times she went back they said it was dry socket and would heal after antibiotics and the grinding would stop then they decided it must be her kidneys and that she will need an ultra sound. It wasn't just 2 visits
#11
You will probably be able to find a solicitor who will take on such a spurious and ridiculous claim, but all you will get out of it is another bill.


Edited By: RossD89 on Dec 11, 2014 12:37
#12
All I want is for my cat to be healthy and diagnosed properly.
#13
onepinkbit
All I want is for my cat to be healthy and diagnosed properly.

How would taking a vet to court achieve this?
#14
They were negligent and it makes me wonder how many other animals have suffered needlessly
#15
Sorry to hear about your cat. It is awful having to go through all this and feel unsatisfied with the help they have tried to provide. I would certainly try another vet for a second opinion and see how it goes. Do you not have pet insurance to cover these costs?

I would not even begin to consider trying to take the vet to court or anything like that until your cat is in better health, I agree with the comments said above that your cats health is your first priority - which I'm sure it is anyway!

I hope a second vet would give you better help, and then when your cat is better, I would consider writing a strong letter of complaint to the previous vet and going from there...

Good luck
#16
Becoming more like America with people looking to sue..the vest are there to help the best they can. imagine if everyone that had issues like yours and successfully sued, there would be no Vets in existence.
#17
how were they negligent? when diagnosing a problem they start with the most obvious and then eliminate, sounds like that is what they are doing, take the cat elswhere and get a second opinion, is the cat insured?
#18
You really don't have a leg to stand on with this - As cases go you haven't got gross negligence here, it's just typical vets - they don't really know what's going on even though there is a problem with your cats health, so they treat what they can find. You obviously care for you cat so I would take them to another vets, explain everything and get a second opinion - even if they find the same you may feel better for your peace of mind. If you feel they are too rough and not the best definitely go somewhere else asap.

Animals are expensive to keep and repeated vets visits are no joke on the purse strings, even when insured.

Even when vets are guilty of malpractice they do tend to get away with it . A vet killed our young dog by not having an attendee to assist or watch his breathing whilst he was performing a routine leg operation on him. He took too long stitching up and didn't watch his stats.. Rudy had a heart attack under the anaesthetic. We couldn't do a thing about it as ' You signed the consent form'. We never paid for the op and the vet never sent a bill. My Husband paid the vet a visit and I never knew what was said, we were too devastated.

Edited By: loisgriffin on Dec 11, 2014 12:47
#19
Our cat stopped eating, vet wasn't sure if it was teeth or kidneys, she now only has renal cat food and all is good. The renal food costs a bit more but certainly cheaper than going to the vets.
#20
YOU GOT NOTHING TO YA YOU HEAR ME NOTHING!

Can't remember where that's a quote from but is true.
#21
beergut1969
Our cat stopped eating, vet wasn't sure if it was teeth or kidneys, she now only has renal cat food and all is good. The renal food costs a bit more but certainly cheaper than going to the vets.
I hope your cat doesnt get fed dry food

thats what causes renal problems in the first place
#22
If you are unhappy with the care/treatment then change the vet and see what the new vet say.
#23
A good reason for pet insurance, why do people have to learn the hard way.
I'd have gone to another vet explaining the lack of correct diagnosis
they may be able to get copy of blood test

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