Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old November 19th, 2003, 01:29 AM
greengrl greengrl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 3
cat help....vet ripping me off?

ok, so my cat had been peeing on the bed, so i thought she might have a urinary tract infection, so i took her to the vet, and $188 later, she does have one. they gave her fluid, new food, urine tests, a shot, and medicine. so im a college student, and that was really hard to pay for, not to mention all the bedding that has been ruined. and NOW she is sneezing nonstop! and i came home today, and her food and water hadnt gone done.
im scared to go to the vet.
what to do?
thanks for any help, much appreciated

she is about 5 yrs old, beautiful tabby girl. i rescued her from the spca, so some is unknown about her..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old November 19th, 2003, 08:16 AM
ophelia ophelia is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Dallas Texas
Posts: 51
Hi,

The sneezing can be due to many things. The most common reason is cat flu virus. This can usually be treated with antibiotics depending on the actual virus. I hate to say this but you probably need to go back to the vet.

If there is nasal discharge then it is quite serious and an immediate vet visit is in order.

The not eating and drinking is normal for a sick cat but cats dehydrate quickly and MUST drink or else they get really sick really fast. 24 hours is about the MAX I recommend letting your cat go without drinking before a vet visit is in order.


I know this is not what you want to hear...but PET INSURANCE would be a great thing for you. 10-20 bucks a month and you get peace of mind. There are some vets that do take payments. If you live near a veterinary university they may have reduced rates.

Best of luck

Ophelia
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old November 19th, 2003, 08:50 AM
Luba's Avatar
Luba Luba is offline
Sadie's Chefomatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,303
Part of the responsibility of pet ownership is to be frugel with a savings incase they get sick.

I'd start to tuck a little away for kitty in a safe place incase you need it, a couple of bux here and there will really help.

You should go back to the vet for a follow up. Before you go, when you make the appt just let them know that you're a little tight on $ cause you're a student and ask how much an exam cost is so you're not surprised when you get there.

Also, some medications can be very expensive so you can always ask the vet is there a Generic drug of the same kind!

Wish you well and keep us posted. Your vet doesn't seem to be ripping you off my friend. Not from what you've said!

Take care
Luba
__________________
Cats only have nine lives because they stole them from dogs!Teehee
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old November 19th, 2003, 10:10 AM
Lucky Rescue Lucky Rescue is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 10,287
Yes, the vet bills are difficult to manage. There is a credit care specifically for pet health care. It might be a good idea for you!

Pet Care Credit Card
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old November 19th, 2003, 04:36 PM
drdouggie's Avatar
drdouggie drdouggie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 33
Two little points.

I'm sorry but I have to correct Ophelia about cat flu. This cannot be treated by antibiotics as it is caused by a virus. Only bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and not viruses. There is no "cure" for viruses except the animals own immune system. That's why we vaccinate animals against viruses, to provide immunity before the animal contracts the virus. Overuse of antibiotics should be discouraged so if you're told an illness is caused by a virus do not accept antibiotics as a treatment (except if there is a secondary bacterial infection present).

The other point....where the money's concerned, you got off light girl! Over here the treatment you got would have cost almost double!!! Get some pet insurance, believe me, you be really thankfull later on.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old November 20th, 2003, 12:36 AM
Pachiz Pachiz is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Toronto
Posts: 54
Thats what I was thinking too, all that for under $200, wow, maybe they were giving you a break.

What was the shot for?

What medication is she on for the UTI? If it's Baytril, which is commonly used for UTI's, it might work against the bacterial infection too, if it is bacterial, and also depending on which bacteria. A lot of them go away on their own too.

If she is drinking, then I'd wait a few more days, if symptoms persist then you should take her back. But if she is not drinking, you can check for dehydration by pinching the skin on her back, if it doesn't spring back right away then she is dehydrated and she'll need more fluids.

Pachiz
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old November 20th, 2003, 08:02 AM
Luba's Avatar
Luba Luba is offline
Sadie's Chefomatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,303
Well I've had different experiences with pet insurance not covering a whole whack of stuff that you thought they would cover. BUT the wording on what is covered is more vague then you think, the details they explain when you try to collect. lol

I went through it when my dog was sick with cancer.

Perhaps some could recommend to this lady which insurance carrier they use that they've had 'good' experience with.

Luba
__________________
Cats only have nine lives because they stole them from dogs!Teehee
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old November 20th, 2003, 01:44 PM
greengrl greengrl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 3
thanks

thanks for everyone's help
i took cleo back to the vet, and they gave me some antibiotics for her, the same ones she was on for the UTI, i think they are called antimoxy? or something like that, its pink bubble gum stuff, and some stuff to force feed her, so she gets some nutriets.
she is already starting to feel better
thank you everyone! and i think i will start putting a few bucks away each week for the lil girl
-holly
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old November 21st, 2003, 01:00 PM
6catsand3dogs 6catsand3dogs is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 22
I am so glad she is feeling better..nothing worse then when your pet is sick...they cannot tell us how they feel..it si so sad...take care adn give her a hug from me..oh my sister is in school and looking after her cat gets tight soemtimes too...it happens
__________________
take care everyone and give your fur babies a big hug from me
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old November 23rd, 2003, 03:54 PM
melanie's Avatar
melanie melanie is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,824
Talking

just letting you know IT CAN BE DONE. my dog and i have just finished one degree and are onto the next (better of financially for this one, thank god for husbands) but it was really hard and she had an accident at one stage and required the usual check ups which are soo expensive. i found that not only saving a little a week (i know this sounds ridiculous on a student allowance but just 1 or 2 dollars can be done) helps but preventative medicine is very useful. i treated my dog with extra dog mulitvitamins (which should be norm but hard as a starving student) and found it was a great preventative action. just ensuring that they are in the best of health really helps prevent illness (it worked out well for us). Life is truly unpredictable (and just for those wondering, i was not irrisponsible that got a dog whilst poor, i had her before we went to uni) and we have both made it to the other side without starving.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old November 23rd, 2003, 09:11 PM
greengrl greengrl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: CA
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally posted by melanie
(better of financially for this one, thank god for husbands)
thanks for the help, but this part made me cringe terribly....
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old November 23rd, 2003, 10:24 PM
melanie's Avatar
melanie melanie is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,824
im not implying that i cannot survive without a man ect, god what age is this and why are people so judgemental of others?? as i said i made it through one degree on my own. all i am saying is that i have a lovely husband that has supported myself and my dog throughout our recent studies, so yes i am thankful for him. lets not take feminism too far here, lets not forget men are valid members of society ect. and just humans. and if i was a man and said that' i thank god for wives ' would you cringe or cheer that someone appreciates a woman???? or should i go all weirdly PC and say 'thank god for partners' (but wouldnt that be incorrect as i am therefore unwilling to recognise that partners sex due to fear of judgement in society and would that not be sexist or wrong as i am then being ashamed of men)?? would it be more pleasing if i said that i was thankful for husband (no plural)....
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old November 24th, 2003, 09:05 AM
Luba's Avatar
Luba Luba is offline
Sadie's Chefomatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,303
Melanie you said nothing wrong
hugs

I wish I had a husband to share those things with, as well as all the others. Wanna lend yours out!?!?!?!
LMAO


Luba
__________________
Cats only have nine lives because they stole them from dogs!Teehee
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:33 PM.