>Mum has been reading pets forums & she noticed there were & still are many unhappiness & complaints about vets in Singapore.
Many of them don’t seem to be doing a good job in helping owners to give their pets the correct diagnose & treatment.
We also do not understand why. We may be animals but we don’t have a very long life. So surely, we need good medical support to help us live a more healthy & prolonged life whenever possible.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
Mum saw that there were alot of mis-diagnosis by vets, and many owners had to keep bringing their pets to other vets for 2nd, 3rd or even 4th opinions.
And unfortunately for us, the same thing happened.
Yes, BOTH OF US.
Let’s start off with me, Coffee.
My ears broke out in terrible rashes few months back. Before that, I already had these rashes on & off but they were still within control. Mum had actually brought me to 2 different vets for the same problem. Both brushed it off and said, it’s an environmental allergy & simply prescribed cream & medicine to ease the itch. Each time the rashes came back, the vet just prescribed the same thing.
It was early this year, the rashes broke out again & this time it got worse. I was scratching so badly my ear swelled & had alittle of bleeding caused by my scratching. Mum decided to give up on the other 2 vets & brought me to another one & this one is VERY EXPENSIVE. According to Mum, she spent almost $200 just to treat my ears.
But she saw improvement & the problem cleared within a month. When Mum brought me back to the vet for review, the vet was also pleased that my condition has cleared up. So what did this vet prescribed. Easy. He just prescribed a cream & advised Mum to put me on a single protein diet. He said the proteins are the cause!
It’s been at least 3 or 4 months & my condition is stable. No redness no itch. Vet told Mum to stick to that diet else the problem is going come back. Well Mum didn’t quite heed Vet’s advices totally. She still gave me a variety of proteins but in moderation. She used to be super kiasu & gave me all sorts of protein meats every day. But after sticking closely to what Vet has recommended, with some other meats included in moderation occasionally, Mum noticed my condition remains clear.
Unfortunately, currently I still have this problem with my snout. Again Mum has seen 3 different vets & they have differing views. 2 said it’s yeast, another 1 said it’s eczema. She wondered which exactly it was. She has decided to bring me to another vet for yet another opinion in a month’s time or so once the tick problems have cleared up.
Now it’s my turn, the little prince & baby of this family.
Think I have to repeat myself that from young, I have been a weak pup who gets sick once every few months. I’m always having flu & there was once, I was so sick I diarrhea-ed BLOOD.
No, it’s not stools with blood. It’s all blood. Vet only said it’s bacterial infection & prescribed antibiotics. The problem did clear up, fortunately.
As for the flu, hmmm. Within a year, I caught flu like 3 or 4 months. And sometimes, I had breathing difficulties. To Mum, that’s not quite normal. She again sent me to 2 different vets but both said I might have caught a cold. Period. They then prescribed flu meds. At that point of time, Mum also didn’t think it was that serious since I was still eating well. She fed me the meds & I did recover after that. Problem is, the flu just keeps coming back. And at one point, 1 vet prescribed this pill which I had a bad reaction after taking it.
I totally freaked my pawrents out. I wasn’t my normal self after taking the meds. I refused to lie down or maybe I couldn’t? I just sat there the whole night. Yes, THE WHOLE NIGHT. I didn’t sleep a wink. By morning, I was so tired I actually lied down & fell asleep. It could be the effect of the medicine has already worn off. Also, I was feeling so unsure & fragile & I was twitching my head to one side many times. Mum swore that she will never give me that medicine ever again.
And recently, flu hit me again. This time, Mum brought me to a different vet. The symptoms were exactly the same – runny nose & breathing difficulties. No fever & still eating well. This time, Vet did blood test & x-ray. Although I was tested negative for tick fever, Vet suspected I had that as my blood cells pattern showed differently under the microscope. Think I gave Mum a huge scare.
She started suspecting & wondered, did I already have this tick fever last year? Because she was reading that when a dog was bitten by an infected tick, it may not show any symptoms nor fall sick until few months or even years later. Mum suspected this has been inside me all these while, that’s why I was so prone to falling sick. And if so, why did the previous vets fail to diagnose these?
Mum is sorely disappointed. If my condition was given the correct diagnosis earlier, she believed she could done even more & better for me.
We are also losing confidence in the vets locally. There’s basically almost nobody reliable enough to go to when we fall sick. Mum had to resort to read & ask & update herself all the time as she doesn’t want us to go through the same thing again.