|I talked to the vet office and they said that they do have owners who elect to bring in pets for IV for the day and then take them home for the night. Any experience here? Is this more stressful than leaving a cat overnight?
I would say it is less stressful for your cat to go home but do they disconnect the line for the night? The only down side is that your cat doesn't get the benefit of having fluids a full 24 hours.
The clinic I work at is the same thing 7:30am-7:00pm and animals are left alone over night. I supposed for my own pets if the animal isn't in critical care IE: could die I would feel okay leaving them on fluids over night at the vet. If the pet really needed to be watched I would go to a vet hospital that had around the clock care.
I can understand your concern at your pet having to be basically home alone at the clinic[it's a concern of mine too!] however if it were a kidney issue/sickness and it was better for the cat to have fluids all day and all night I would feel that it is better for the cat to stay one night alone than not get the full benefit of the fluids. BUT that being said if they sent you home to give fluids SubQ[under the skin] instead of IV overnight then I would say it is better for your cat to be able to go home if you can make sure the cat doesn't take her IV catheter out. I think just being in a new place is stressful enough for them so I would say being able to come home at night would be an okay thing if there was a way to supplement them not being on fluids all night.