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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Vet Vexations

Alright, you bloody-minded, lying prats, I have something to tell you. When you tell someone that you need only the first round of vaccinations before you spay/ neuter a cat, you should stick to that. Bald-faced bastards.

We spent a fair amount of money to vaccinate our cats (oh, Galahad was not a fan of that! Sephy took it like a woman, a hiss was about all. Apparently Galahad screamed and struggled and wept.... big baby. You should see my flatmate's arms!) because you said "you need to vaccinate your cats first. We only require the first vaccinations." Then you tell us that they need a second round of shots (which the vet who came to the house yesterday said were completely unnecessary), gotten a month from now, and only ten days after that will you render the cat sexless. We have appointments booked at Spay and Neuter Clinic which will come sooner than that - and they don't require any vaccinations of any kind.

So screw you veterinary hospital, you're not getting our money. You lying pack of scoundrels.

On a happier note, we have very healthy kitties who are now protected from a range of diseases they are likely to never come in contact with. Yay.

(Actually, I am kinda happy about the protection from diseases, but still REALLY miffed at the lying, money-grabbing vets of Ottawa. Honestly guys, you're unreasonable "protocol" is directly responsible for the litters that flood the Humane Society every week. Idiots). Alright, done now.

That's it from me. Have a lovely day.


Anonymous said...

Oh no! Being a responsible pet owner costs money! Who would have thought?

S.M. Carrière said...

Very brave posting sarcasm as anonymous...

In any case, it's not the money I object to. It's the run around that the vets have given us from the get go, and the continually changing stories they feed us, all in an effort to get us in.

Unnecessary spending of money, is, well, unnecessary. I'm happy to have healthy cats, but I don't believe in unnecessary vaccinations (like the house-calling vet said about the booster shots) and if one clinic can take unvaccinated cats, all can. They just won't, and considering the amount of cats and kittens that are euthanised each year, it's a bloody stupid practice.

That's all.

Kendra said...

I ended up going through the same bit; mine was willing to fix Guinness about 10 days after his first round of shots, and then come in after a month from the shots for the second round. Since that was before my move to SF, and in fact a requirement for my cat to move in with me, I had to pay it and didn't have time to shop around.

By the way, from what I have heard, Quebec is different for their rules, so you may want to consider finding a vet there if you have the transportation.

I very much agree with you; an indoor cat, who does not come into contact with outdoor cats, should not require vacinations. For all the searching on the shots that I did (minus looking at any by-law requirements), I saw nothing that said indoor cats *had* to have the shots, just was strongly recommended.

S.M. Carrière said...

It's precisely the same for people - vaccination is not necessary, just recommended (even if the vaccinations are completely ineffective and potentially dangerous).

In any case, I'm happy to have healthy cats, but I'm not happy that we have to wait three months to have Persephone fixed and I'm even less happy about the policies vets have put into place that, potentially, are directly responsible for piles of litters of unwanted kittens... because they won't spay cats that have been brought in off the street because they haven't had their shots.

It's just plain stupid.