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Funny/Interesting/Horrible Vet Stories anyone?


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So, in about two hours I have to take Kitty for his annual rabies vac.  I'm dreading it.  First, I have to somehow trick or force him into his carrier cage.  Then at the vet's, we have to somehow trick or pry him out.  Next, after several attempts, the assistant will come in to help me hold the little, lovable s&*t still so the vet can give him the shot.  Finally, we have to trick or force him back into the carrier.

Once home, I just open the door and let him come out when he's good and ready.  I might need to eat a little extra today to make up for the hour of hard work!

Any other pet/vet stories out there?

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My brother took our cat to the vets and was sitting in the waiting room with the carrier on his lap when he felt something wet trickling down his trousers - the poor cat was so scared it had had an accident and it was leaking out of the cage. Of course my brother then had to walk around with damp trousers and explain to people that a cat had peed on his lap....

We had one cat that would be guaranteed to go poo in her carrier EVERY time.  We never figured out if it was because she was scared or just mad at us.  Talk about stink up a car!

 I suppose I'm lucky Kitty doesn't mess in his carrier. 

I used to have a large golden retriever and he wouldn't hurt a flea. It was always fun to walk into the lobby of the vets office and all the kitties would hunch up and hiss at him even though he ignored them.

This is not my own story, but my sister-in-law's. She dropped her kitten off at the vet to have her declawed over the summer. The vet evidently didn't read the chart and thought the only reason such a young kitten would be there was to be spayed. So the vet put the kitten under anesthesia, cut her open and realized the kitten had already been spayed. They didn't bother to tell my sister-in-law what had happened, either. Let me tell you what, I will never, EVER get on her bad side after seeing how she reacted when she found out.

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My boy cat used to not mind the vet. His first visit he was rubbing on the vet and purring so loud the vet couldn't hear his heartbeat. Then the next time he went he got neutered and stayed overnight...he's hated it there since lol.

ps. I used to be the person with the fun job of vet assistant. One way to get him in the carrier is to put it vertical and try to 'drop' him inside it. Then to get him out, you either hold it vertical again so they have to come out the opening, or just take the carrier apart. Usually it's not hard to get them back into the carrier, because they're scared and its familiar/safe.

I'm a volunteer pet "chauffeur" for a local pet rescue, and I've taken many cats, dogs to the vet.  I do have my faves, like Sterling, the kitten who purred so much that the vet had to get her a drink of water just to hear her heartbeat or Nancy, an extremely malnourished pointer who wagged her tail the whole time and insisted on sitting in my lap.  I took a Shep X once with my son, who was horrified when the dog had his ears cleaned then shook his head only to have black gunk flying everywhere!  Or Navy and Cobalt, two puppy brothers who'd never been on leash before and took me nearly 30 minutes to drag/coax them to the front door! 

I have a couple of "interesting" vet stories. The first one is the time we spent over $100 (dont remember the exact cost) to have our cat neutured and months later we "discovered" that they screwed up the procedure and he wasnt really neutured!

The other one is the time my mother and I took our two dogs (a 80 lb black lab and a at the time 5 lb shih tzu). My mother warned the vet that one of our dogs bite the last vet that gave him a needle and laughed when we told him it was the shih tzu!! Needless, to say that he wasnt laughing when we left his office and he put the second needle in the shih tzu's back instead of neck. We have a really gentle, loving 80 lb dog that kids holding cats can pet and a shih tzu that we have to put in the cage when we have kids come over!

My dog loves the vet. Once she sees where we are, she literally drags me into the office. I chalk it up to very attentive vet techs who give her lots of attention and treats.

Whenever anything painful happens to her at the vet, she blames it on me, I swear! She had to stay overnight for her spay procedure, and when I came to pick her up in the morning, she took one look at me and ran the other direction. She still loves the vet, but it took her a while for her to forgive me for having her lady bits snipped!

 

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My cat thinks she's hidden as long as she is under a towel or sheet, so we just put a towel on the table and she jumps right up to hide under it, right where we need her to be.  The vet just gave her shots right through the towel.

Ok, well both of my stories are pretty negative....

My guinea pig, Roland, was breathing funny, so we took him to the vet (who said they worked with guinea pigs) and she said he had a sinus infection.  The vet gave us some medication and we took him home.  He died a few hours after I gave him the antibotic.  It turned out that the vet who mixed the medication made it way to strong for a guinea pig and it killed him. 

I took my kitten into the vet (a different place of course!) and said that I needed to get his third booster shot.  When I can to pick him up, it turned out that they gave him their "standard" set of shots, which included rabies.  However, he had just gotten a rabies shot when I adopted him from the shelter!!  I was so worried that this overdose would hurt him.  I chewed the vet out for about ten minutes in front of all of the people in the waiting room, because it took me that long in order to get him to not charge me for the shot!!.......  but my kitten hasn't had any negative side effects yet and that was about six months ago.  But that does not excuse the retarded vet who just assumed that I wanted all of the shots.

Conclusion: Don't trust vets.  One small mistake can be fatal and you basically have no way to be reimbursed if they screw up. 

I've been extremely lucky with my animals at the vet. When I first got my boys, they took turns getting sick and ran up bills over $3,000. Eventually the vet stopped charging me for anything, he gave me meds and visits for free since I was a poor graduate student and was trying to do right by my animals. I LOVE him! My little girl cat isn't bothered by the doctor or anyone in the waiting room. She does, however, hate all dogs... she doesn't growl, but she hides under a blanket or in my coat whenever she sees one...

oh, and by the way, I take my cats to the vet on a leash. They HATE the carriers, and tend to do alot better on a leash. I have never had an accident or had them act up. Actually, the dogs are more interested in them than they are in any other animal... they just let the other animals sniff them out and then they go about snooping around the waiting room... leashes are great!

Murphy is absolutely TERRIFIED of the vet. and they are SO nice at the office he goes to.

they have a scale in the waiting room, right next to the window. one of those floor level platform type scales the dog just has to stand on. while we were waiting for the vet to call us, Murphy was sniffing around, walked right up on the scale and spent a few minutes standing on it looking out the window.

then we sat back down.

when the vet tech came out and said "OK lets get his weight!" Murphy REFUSED to get back on the same scale he has just been happily standing on minutes before. he freaked out and acted like we were trying to get him to jump off a cliff. dogs!  

I've got a morbid story from a co-worker about a co-worker and her beloved guinea pig.

Let's call her Gina.  Gina had a guinea pig that she loved and adored more than anything in the world.  Gina, being a skilled phlebotomist and working in a hospital long enough, realised when her guinea pig was old and sluggish that it probably had a low blood cell count and needed a transfusion. 

Gina wanted to save her guinea pig but could not afford the cost of a transfusion for a guinea pig and wasn't even certain there was such a thing.  So she collected various tools from around the lab.  A few butterfly needles, some syringes, gauze, medical tape, and a steril container.

Gina then drew her own blood, filled up this steril container, located a nice vein on the guinea pig, and transfused him with her own blood.

The guinea pig croaked.  Gina was mortified.

Now, I can believe this co-worker would try such a thing.  What I can't believe is she actually did.  Whether this story is true or not, the world may never know.

Original Post by cass1028:

My cat thinks she's hidden as long as she is under a towel or sheet, so we just put a towel on the table and she jumps right up to hide under it, right where we need her to be.  The vet just gave her shots right through the towel.

 Bubba hides inside my jacket.  I just put my elbow on the table and open the jacket, and he crawls in and hides his head under my arm.  To see a 16 pound cat be such a baby is so cute!  His huge rear end is completely sticking out and the vet can give him his shots.  He seems very glad to get back into the carrier even though he hates it. 

Original Post by cellulitedelight:

I've got a morbid story from a co-worker about a co-worker and her beloved guinea pig.

Let's call her Gina.  Gina had a guinea pig that she loved and adored more than anything in the world.  Gina, being a skilled phlebotomist and working in a hospital long enough, realised when her guinea pig was old and sluggish that it probably had a low blood cell count and needed a transfusion. 

Gina wanted to save her guinea pig but could not afford the cost of a transfusion for a guinea pig and wasn't even certain there was such a thing.  So she collected various tools from around the lab.  A few butterfly needles, some syringes, gauze, medical tape, and a steril container.

Gina then drew her own blood, filled up this steril container, located a nice vein on the guinea pig, and transfused him with her own blood.

The guinea pig croaked.  Gina was mortified.

Now, I can believe this co-worker would try such a thing.  What I can't believe is she actually did.  Whether this story is true or not, the world may never know.

 Why would a trained phlebotomist even think or consider a human to animal transfusion? That story sounds a bit fantastic. Unless they do not teach the people who draw blood about biology. Unless that woman had previously had a guinea pig brain transfer before that fiasco....Undecided

When I first got my kitten, I'd just toss him in my truck and take him to the vet.  He'd climb up my jeans to get to the counter and roam around the waiting room teasing all the good dogs.  It wasn't quite as cute once he started weighing more!

Later on, I'd just wrap him in one of my bath towels and take him in.  No need for a carrier and then he also had the smell of me on the towel to comfort him.

Check out http://www.theundercovervet.blogspot.com

for funny and true vet storie

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