Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Choosing a vet

I've realised that when you first get a new cat, or start looking after a new community cat that people often don't know what to look for in a vet. This is especially pronounced if the cat has a serious illness and needs surgery. You can ask for recommendations from friends and other cat owners or caregivers, but this is often very subjective. Despite vaccinations and the like, which any vet can do with their eyes closed, you may have a cat (and I sincerely hope you don't) that has something which isn't run of the mill.

If you are considering a serious or delicate operation, do consider the following :-

1. Are you comfortable with the vet? Does the vet tell you what you need to know?

2. Ask questions - the vet may not always know what YOU want to know. I'm quite surprised how many people don't ask questions and then email me to ask what is going on. The best person to discuss this with is your vet and they're more than happy to answer your questions in most cases. Of course they do have a busy caseload, so on to

3. Write down questions to ask - often you may forget to ask something, so write them down systematically so you don't have to keep calling the clinic back.

4. Ask if the vet has experience in that particular surgery if you know it is a complicated surgery - there's no need to be insulting of course, but you want to know what the recovery rate is, and what sort of experience the vet has had. You wouldn't go for a heart bypass with a General Practitioner of course, so why would you do the same for your cat? In Singapore, we don't have Feline Oncologists for example, but there are vets out there with more experience in different areas. Find out what those areas your vet specialises in and if he or she has done the surgery before.

5. Ask the vet clearly about post-operative care and painkillers - self explanatory.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi there! i have just taken in a mother cat that has just given birth to 5 kittens outside a neighbour's flat and they were trying to get rid of them..
are there any less expensive vets that the CWS can recommend? it's going to cost a bomb to get all the kittens/mother vaccinated and treated but I just can't bear to abandon any of them..
thanks for the help in advance!

14/12/05 1:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Drop me an email and give me more details and I'll see what we can arrange? I'd also like to find out more about the cats outside the flat.

14/12/05 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guidelines from the Vet Association listing the experience of the vets - years in practise -and the type of surgery they are competent to do would be useful.

15/12/05 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I adopted a female cat that got pregnant and now I have the mum and 4 kittens. I would like to sterilise all of them but I was hoping to find a ver that would be less expensive. I understand that they can't give a discount on the surgery or the medication for the jabs. However, would you know of anyone that would give like a "group discount"? I have 4 males and the mum has been sterilised already.

Also, any vets that you can recommend that are good with cats and are reasonably priced?

Thanks!

9/1/06 2:17 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry Anonymous, I don't know of any vet that offers a group discount.

Think of all the money you're saving though, by sterilising now, rather than if the cats breed or fight and need to be fed, treated for wounds, diseases from fighting etc. thanks for getting them sterilised.

Drop me an email if you need more information.

10/1/06 5:36 AM  
OpenID Mark Connors said...

I've used those 5 tips for finding the best vet here in my place and it's really effective. I hope a lot of pet owners can found this blog so that they can also find the best vet for their pets.

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17/5/14 10:34 AM  

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