Originally Posted by gayef
This makes me angry. I've been to numerous vets who don't hear the word NO when I say it. I don't know what they hear, but they don't hear it as NO.
What I am going around my hiney to get to my elbow trying to say is this ... if your vet can "talk you" into doing things you don't feel are in the best interest of your pet, then you need to seek a new vet who listens to you, hears you when you say no, seeks information from YOU - the person who knows your pet the best - and actually values your input.
So, put on whatever warpaint makes your strength meter increase and don't let anyone talk you into anything you don't feel is best for you and your pets.
That is SO true!
A couple of years ago I took my 19 year old cat in to the cat specialist clinic for a checkup and bloodwork. I saw the intern vet on that visit instead of the main vet. After running the tests and coming back in with some syringes, she explained to me that my cat was in the early stages of CRF. She then gave her one of the injections. I asked what she was giving her, assuming it was a medication or vitamin injection, and she told me it was her vaccinations. I objected and stopped her. She began the BIG PUSH (after
giving the first shot), explaining the my totally indoor cat was at risk because I worked with animals and could bring something home (though I was always careful to wash & change before handling my pets). I foolishly gave in. They were cat specialists, after all...why would they promote doing something harmful to my cat?
Poor little Felixia, who because of her age and her CRF status absolutely should NOT
have been vaccinated, got very sick afterward. My amazingly healthy cat who had still been able to effortlessly leap 3 feet onto furniture the day before was barely able to walk for weeks afterward, and lost a pound of body weight (a huge amount for a very petite cat). I was afraid I was going to lose her - all so a vet could get some extra $$ for shots, when I'd already spent a small fortune there on bloodwork and a thorough senior checkup!
Thankfully, she eventually gained the weight back and became active again, though she still has not regained her ability to jump quite as high, and it takes a noticeable effort on her part to jump more than a couple of feet. She's 21 now, and while I'm ever so grateful that she's still with me and still amazingly healthy and active considering her age, I can't help but wonder if those vaccines took one of her 9 lives. I'm still furious at that vet.
I hope I'll never let myself be pushed around like that again.
The vet I go to now doesn't push vaccinations on older pets, does very thorough exams, and always
takes the time to explain what she does - she's a treasure.
I still believe vaccinations are important, but I really wish more vets would take a step back and focus on exams and client education than on pushing overvaccination on pets who are already fully vaccinated, or who should not be vacinated because of health status. They also need to take the time to explain the possible risks and the symptoms of adverse reaction, too.