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Re: [FH] Unattended clinics (was Re: Digest Number 1098 Grief)

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  • WENDY LAMB
    Hi Michelle. Just noticed you said you are in the Pacific Northwest. I am too. I wondered if you would like to share any good, bad and inbetween experiences
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2003
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      Hi Michelle.
      Just noticed you said you are in the Pacific Northwest. I am too. I wondered if you would like to share any good, bad and inbetween experiences with different vets and clinics? My direct email is ragnificentrags@.... I am not looking to bash, just don't want to find out the hard way at my cats expense.

      WEndy Lamb and Tiger

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Michelle
      Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 11:10 PM
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [FH] Unattended clinics (was Re: Digest Number 1098 Grief)

      On Mon, 5 May 2003 20:22:31 +0100, "Christine Hughes"
      <christinemhughes@...> wrote:

      >I believe that it's common to leave the animals unattended in this country
      > (the UK), overnight, with someone 'popping in' from time to time.

      It's the norm here in the US (or at least my "corner" of it, the Pacific
      Northwest), also, sad to say.

      In fact I think you're ahead of us, if someone really DOES "pop in." (But
      then I'd EXPECT you to be ahead of us; after all, in the entire US, only
      one county (in S. California) has just recently FINALLY banned the cruel
      practice of declawing, as I understand the UK has done quite some time ago.
      And everywhere else in the US, vets shrug and act like cutting off a living
      creature's toes at the knuckle is no big deal.)

      About the only places that are an exception are the 24-hour "emergency"
      clinics, and in my experience they *may* be great for trauma cases (i.e.
      hit by a car), but they don't seem to often have vets (much less staff) who
      are worth a plugged nickel when it comes to serious chronic illnesses.

      Many/most of the emergency clinics have specialists -- often including
      internal medicine vets and cardiologists -- who "work out of" them, but
      those folks are there during the day, only some days of the week; they're
      not part of the normal staff that's around taking care of the animals.

      It requires serious dedication, lots of research and assertiveness to get
      anything resembling an acceptable standard of care for animals, IMHO.
      Thank goodness for email groups like this one, and the Feline-CRF-Support
      group -- in my experience they're the single VERY best tool we all have to
      keep ourselves informed so as to be intelligent advocates for our cats when
      they need veterinary care!

      -- Michelle

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