Ugh! I thought since my vet was out I'd have one of the other nice lady vets.. Turns out they all took off. I had this awful male substitute vet (he doesn't work there normally, I didn't know they had any men on staff ever) He was totally worthless. He came in and right from the start was talking down to me, and it obvious that he totally didn't like cats... he goes "So she's like 13, 14" I'm like... it says it on her chart! He reads off the symptoms I told the tech about and is like "So like, do you consider her throwing up to be weird". I'm like. ... "yeah... she throws up randomly but not every day for days in a row". I mentioned her weight loss and he's like "Oh she's only had one appointment here. Earlier this year" -said in tone like I never take her to the vet, I just switched to this one earlier this year- "What was her weight before you brought her here earlier this year." "10 pounds".
This is the part I wanted to kick him in the head. In January Lulu weighed over 9 pounds. She has lost 1.5 pounds since then and is barely 8 pounds now. He goes
"Oh, so her weight hasn't really changed since then". And totally dismisses my concern over her weight. That's a lot for her! She only weighed 9 pounds to begin with! He then states that "throwing up could mean anything" -lists horrible diseases in nonchalant tone- "So we're going to have to run a number of tests, starting with blood and xrays and if those don't show anything we're going to have to run more tests". I tell him I don't have a lot of money (I'm obviously young, I didn't go with a parent, he really should've that). He rolls his eyes and leaves the room, coming back with the prices. The xrays were way too much money so I opted for just the bloodwork. He left without a word and never came back, a tech came and got her blood and then I checked out. No advice on how to make her eat, no expressing concern or anything. This is why I hate male vets!!! The woman I see is a total cat lover and is very very nice to me and my cats, explains everything clearly, gives me all my options... Not this dude. Gah! The CHECK OUT lady gave me more info than he did! The blood test includes urinalysis and fecal!!! He didn't say anything about what it included! He seemed shocked when I asked him about the T4 he had this look like "she knows what she is talking about?!"
Sorry I have to rant. I'm so annoyed. Lulu was a very bad kitty for him. She doesn't even like the lady vet that much but this guy didn't know how to handle a cat at all. He gave up on trying to open her mouth. My vet has no problems with her. He was struggling just to get her heart beat. I would have preferred just the tech to do everything, she did more for me than this dude did. Ugh ugh!
So anyway, I'm getting the results back tomorrow. The blood test, which includes T4 and also a urinalysis and fecal examination apparently, was 117$ which is a lot cheaper than I thought it would be. It's labeled "senior screening" so I guess they bundle all of it together, because I was told in Jan that just a blood test would cost me $150. I have to get the urine and stool sample in within a month. That should be fun to get!
Lulu isn't eating again, she's too PO'ed right now. This is normal for her though, she never eats for a few hours following a vet visit.
I hope they call in the morning because I have school tomorrow. I have so much stuff due. I'm so stressed out.