The solution to almost any problem with the behavior of cats should begin with a veterinary examination. That is why in all my articles, one way or another, it is mentioned that it would be nice to pass tests to a cat and talk with a veterinarian. And almost under each of my popular articles there are about a dozen comments where people complain that they can’t find a good veterinarian during the day with fire, tell how they treated their cat, treated it and healed it to death and how it was because of a trifling and elementary Diseases paid utter money for examinations, treatments, and unnecessary drugs.
Often I enter into a dialogue with commentators and find out that in fact mistakes in the treatment of their animals were easy to prevent, they showed a little more attention to the cat and its problem. After all, any service should be monitored – whether you are building a house, making repairs in an apartment, being examined and treated yourself, or treating your cat. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing money or getting the service “on the hell.” Yes, it’s hard to understand everything from running water to a private house to diseases of your beloved cat! But, believe me, no one but you will be so important the well-being of your family and your animals!
So, this article will help you understand a little how not to run into a three-way veterinarian who will ruin your animal or treat at random.
1) Choose not a clinic, let alone a “nearest clinic”, but a specific veterinarian according to reviews of friends and on the Internet. And it is better to make a choice even at the stage of preventive vaccinations, so that in case of force majeure there was already someone to run to. You must choose several doctors so that if one is on vacation, you can go to the other.
2) If you liked the doctor, then you should still monitor and clarify all appointments with him. Yes, after several of your cats pulled from the clutches of death by this vet and a couple of dozens of correct diagnoses to familiar cats, you can relax a bit and not frantically check every step of the Aesculapius, but until you get a good result from the collaboration, keep an eye out.
3) Get a diagnosis or a few differential diagnoses from your doctor. Further about this in more detail for those who have never been a doctor. There are several diagnostic methods in medicine, but almost all of them imply that the doctor suggests some kind of diagnosis. That is why often in the medical history we can see the record “differential diagnosis”, and then three different diseases. So the symptom doctor first suggests what the animal can hurt, and then, with the help of additional examinations or symptomatic excluding treatment, makes the final diagnosis. And it’s better when the diagnosis is made just before the start of treatment so that it doesn’t work out “I’m flying, I don’t know what. That is why before you start taking drugs or procedures, you should clarify the diagnosis of your cat.
4) Properly choose a laboratory, personnel and equipment for research at the diagnostic stage. Yes, and there is such an opportunity, in any case, in a large city. Your veterinarian can work privately or in a specific blade, but this does not mean that you should be content with a portable ultrasound machine or local laboratory. A great deal in the diagnosis depends on correctly conducted studies and their results. For example, ultrasound machines are very different! Some show clearly what others cannot be discerned at all. And good ultrasound machines even in Moscow are counted, and the right veterinarians know about them and they know in which clinics they are installed. And yes, sometimes your veterinarian takes on one end of the city, and a good uzist and machine on the other. The same with laboratories. Not all of them are equally useful. There are those that give out erroneous test results every other time. And most often, you will have the opportunity to choose which laboratory to contact you (this choice will be offered to you in the clinic if you are interested). If the clinic does not offer a choice, you can take the research appointment and take the animal yourself to any laboratory in the city and take the tests there. Do not be lazy and do quality research!
5) Find out more about the disease. If the doctor insists on a specific diagnosis or diagnoses, do not be lazy, surf the Internet and read about the disease (I feel that after these words the veterinarians begin to hate me quietly). Find out about all the methods of treatment, outcome options and complications. Write down a question to the doctor if you have any and ask them at the next appointment.
6) Find out more about prescribed medications. If you have been assigned a list of 27 drugs, droppers and rubbing, then specify the side effects and drug interactions in the annotation. Now everything is available, again, on the Internet, even before the purchase. Remind the doctor about all the chronic diseases of the animal, check for yourself whether the drugs, for example, are toxic to the kidneys and liver if the cat has chronic renal failure or hepatitis. Do the drugs affect the heart if the cat has cardiomyopathy, etc. I know many cases when inattentive veterinarians treated the infection and at the same time finished off sick kidneys, forgetting to clarify with the owner about the chronic diseases of the animal.
7) If you are prescribed very expensive drugs, check with your veterinarian and pharmacy about budget counterparts. Almost all medicines are in different price categories and an expensive option can cost 1,500 rubles, and a cheap one 30 rubles. Their difference can only be that cheap should be given three times a day, and expensive once every three days.
8) If you are prescribed a medicinal feed or just ask to change the diet (for example, “Driskas” for a more expensive version of the feed), be sure to ask the veterinarian to write you at least three versions of the feed from different manufacturers. It often happens that a clinic or a veterinarian has a contract with a particular feed producer and he only advises it. This does not automatically mean that the food is necessarily bad. But it’s always good to have a choice, especially in small cities where food may not be stupidly delivered to stores this month, or if a particular food causes an allergy or food intolerance in a cat.
9) Try to ensure that the veterinarian leaves you a phone number where you can find him during business hours if you have any questions. Often, at the stage of buying drugs, you need to consult, since certain drugs may not be available, but there will be analogues, and you need to clarify the dosage. But do not bother the doctor with frequent calls, such as: “why is it my cat sneezed after the pill three times, isn’t it scary?”. By phone, you can solve only vital issues!
10) If you are so upset with the disease of the animal that you have poor thinking at the reception, or if the animal at the reception behaves like a wild marten and leads you into hysteria, then write down all the questions to the veterinarian in advance on a piece of paper in a calm atmosphere at home. And, ideally, take with your friend a friend who can think rationally in this situation and if you are prompted to urgently chop off a cat’s leg or tail for 100 thousand rubles, then he will be able to find out that something is wrong here (or , on the contrary, that it should be done so)
11) If your animal is not in critical condition, and you doubt the actions of your veterinarian, get a second, and if necessary, a third opinion. It is possible that different veterinarians will not agree on treatment options, someone will prescribe homeopathy in addition to antibiotics, and someone will say – “this is nonsense, do not waste money!”, Someone will insist on surgery, and who Someone will offer to treat for some time conservatively and everything will resolve itself, but the doctors should agree on the diagnosis.
12) Keep all receipts for treatment and all forms with a medical history in a separate folder. Sometimes it is critically important for the veterinarian to compare the tests that were made during the life of the animal to make the correct diagnosis.
13) If you still do not trust doctors, attend a large veterinary course for cat owners! Such courses are often arranged in large cities, and if there is a financial opportunity, then attending them will be an invaluable experience.
14) If the veterinarian you came to does not answer your questions, does not explain what drugs he is administering to the animal and why (before administering them, and not after the fact), expels you from the office, does not make a diagnosis for a long time, but conducts only symptomatic treatment, then this is an occasion to turn to another specialist until everything has gone too far. Yes, there are a number of diseases that do not require a precise diagnosis, for example, viral infections. Since the treatment for standard viral infections is the same, veterinarians will often not understand – it’s only rhinotracheitis in a cat or calcivirosis is already beginning. They will simply prescribe antiviral therapy according to the scheme. But this is rather an exception than a rule.
Perhaps my readers have also developed their own criteria for determining a good veterinarian. If so, share in the comments!
Let your cats be always healthy and this article is useful only in theory. Good to all!
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