I have a soon-to-be 14 year old Italian Greyhound. She is a puppymill rescue. She has PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) and started going blind when she was 3. She's been completely blind for over half her life. She broke all her toes on one foot, and her leg, when she was about 4 months old (poor bone density). And started losing her teeth when she was about 2.
This iggy has had her problems.
This past weekend she stopped eating. This dog LOVES to eat, so I knew immediately that something was wrong. Sometime in the middle of the night (Sunday night) the side of her face became extremely swollen. I figured she probably had an abscessed tooth, and called the vet clinic ASAP on Monday morning. My regular vet was not available, so they gave me an appointment with a vet I've never seen before.
ARGHHH. I hated
She examined Zellie and then said she had to have the molar pulled, and a dental done. And she said Zelda has a heart murmur. She said she would give me pain meds and antibiotics, and worked up a little estimate for me ($400 +). I told her that I had grave concerns about putting a 14 year old Italian Greyhound under anesthesia.
She tried 10 different ways to run over me and make me feel like a horrible dog owner for even considering
not putting Zelda under.
So I said I would give her the antibiotics, and then go from there. What I want
to do is go through these meds (her face is already not swollen after being on them only 24 hours), and then make an appointment with my REAL vet. He actually listens to me, and doesn't treat me like I'm an idiot. My best friend had the same reaction to this new vet when she got stuck with her recently...
I have a thing about putting really old animals under anesthesia.
I lost my 15 year old seemingly healthy cat when she went under to have a mammary tumor removed. Never made it out of recovery. Several years ago, I took my 12 year old Dobe to my vet and he said she REALLY needed her teeth cleaned, but he would never even consider it because of her age. He said, "I'm afraid it would kill her". I agreed. I just wished I could've seen him yesterday, instead of this new vet.
I'm not sure what vet etiquette is when it comes to changing vets in the same clinic over the same condition. I mean, I'll be essentially saying "I don't like what she had to say, or how she said it, and I want to talk to Jeff (my vet)"... Can I do that? Will it cause a ruckus? This is a small clinic, owned by a father and son, and now they've added this woman vet from ****.