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post #1 of 13
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I brought my kitten and my dog to the vet today and I got my kittie her first vaccinations. I can tell ya now...that little kittie sure can put up a fight. the moment the vet laid her hand on her, she went ballistic. Screeching and hollering. I have no idea what got into her...maybe all the smells...but why freak at the vet? Anyway...what confused me, and kinda scared me was that the vet didnt give her the vaccinations in front of me. she brought her into another room and did it there. Then, i heard the kitten scream again. Did the same with my dog, Daytona. I think I heard him bark. He also had to have his anal glands drained...or something like that. I have to say...It does not smell pretty. Fishy. Ew. So does anyonethink it was a bad thing that i let the vet take them into the back room? I didnt want to say anything...but I was kinda of worried about it when I heard Foxxy cry like that.
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Originally Posted by xpiercedgoddess
I brought my kitten and my dog to the vet today and I got my kittie her first vaccinations. I can tell ya now...that little kittie sure can put up a fight. the moment the vet laid her hand on her, she went ballistic. Screeching and hollering. I have no idea what got into her...maybe all the smells...but why freak at the vet? Anyway...what confused me, and kinda scared me was that the vet didnt give her the vaccinations in front of me. she brought her into another room and did it there. Then, i heard the kitten scream again. Did the same with my dog, Daytona. I think I heard him bark. He also had to have his anal glands drained...or something like that. I have to say...It does not smell pretty. Fishy. Ew. So does anyonethink it was a bad thing that i let the vet take them into the back room? I didnt want to say anything...but I was kinda of worried about it when I heard Foxxy cry like that.
The LAST time I let a Vet take my baby into the back room was when they put her down. I will NEVER forget how she clung to me. I understand that you can tell them to do whatever IN THE EXAM room.

The protocols are to NOT give vaccinations in the scruff or between the shoulder blades BUT to give it where it should be done is difficult so a vet will take the cat into the back so owner won't see!

NEXT visit make them do everything IN fRONT OF YOU!
post #3 of 13
I actually changed vets and that was one of the reasons.....They never let me be in the room when they examined my cats.......

I definitly didnt like that......what if you need to tell them something that doesnt come to mind when handing the cat over.....

I however think its just about room...or the vets preference perhaps...I wouldnt worry about them hurting your cat or anything......However if you were to find a new vet that let you in the room..i wouldnt blame you...

My vet is wonderful....she does the whole physical and shots right in front of me...the only thing that she takes Emmet out of the room for is when she does a cystocentisis on him...and thats only cause she uses the sonagram machine on the second floor to pinpoint his bladder......But I trust her so I dont mind that.....

In the end your instincts are the most important....if you dont feel comfortable in the situation...then for your sake and your kits you must change it.....if your not comfortable....believe me....your kits are not comfortable either.....

goood luck
post #4 of 13
My vet does the vaccinations in the exam room, along with general examination related things. They take the kitties into another room for blood and urine/fecal samples, as well as weighing. I know all the vets, the technicians, and the facilities, and it's a small rotation of people that handle my cats, so I'm comfortable with that. I think if I were ever uncomfortable and asked, the vet would let me watch through the door.
post #5 of 13
I would go to another vet. There is no reason for them to take them into the back.

My vet only takes them in the back because that is where the xray machine is and she was doing xrays on Sage. Other than that, I see no reason for it.
post #6 of 13
Our vet does the vaccinations in the exam room with us there. She did however take Bijou back to another room for his microchip. Perhaps she thought I would freak when I saw the size of the needle. She also allows Mika to come in the exam room with us when we take Bijou and vice versa. Keeping the cats together seems to calm them somewhat, although I must say they are both very good with the vet.

When Simba had to be PTS, she let me hold him while she did the terrible deed. Then she held me while I cried.
post #7 of 13
We do everything in the exam room, except blood draws. Our exam room is a little cramped to take blood in, and we have had issues with people passing out when we draw blood (it's hard to hold the cat and catch the owner at the same time).
post #8 of 13
My vets don't have a back room, so everything is done in front of me - and as I am such a regular, they dont' always get a vet nurse to hold the cat, I sometimes get that job!! I had to leave Snowy there for half an hour once as the vet wanted to do sub-q fluids but had other patients to see. Even blood samples are done there.
post #9 of 13
blood work or things that involve shaving they take them in the back my new vet asked me to come back which I had never done before...
post #10 of 13
My vet normally takes the pets back without the owners as well. Unless the owner has a reason for coming like the pet is not good with strangers. He cannot take Tara back alone, he tried once, he ended up with 6 scratches on his face, a bite on his hand, and scratch up his arm that needed stitches. The only difference is that his back room has a huge plexiglass window so you can basically see whats going on and that he's not pulling anything. Plus I trust him and most of the techs.
post #11 of 13
the mobile vet, where the girls get their vax, doesn't allow owners inside because the office is in a RV & there's not room. the other vets i've been to always allow me to stay with the cats. even during Mouse's ultrasound, the vet allowed me to come to the back room to be with her while he did it. i can't imagine any reason for them to not allow you to stay with your pet unless it's lack of space.
post #12 of 13
I'll put a positive spin on this. Since you didn't go back in the room with your pets, that spares you being the "bad mommy" who helped hold them down while they got the needle. Therefore, you were able to be the "good mommy" into whose arms they were deposited after it was all over.
post #13 of 13
Not to mention that alot of cats and dogs are alot like children and will behave alot better for a stranger than their owner, because they know exactly how far they can push their owner, but are unsure with a stranger. We get alot of dogs in (not so much cats) that feel they have to protect their owner (to the point of aggression), but when we ask the owner to leave the room or take the dog in back it's like a whole new dog.
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