Re: [FH] Unattended clinics (was Re: Digest Number 1098 Grief)
- 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 -----
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 11:10 PM
Subject: [FH] Unattended clinics (was Re: Digest Number 1098 Grief)
On Mon, 5 May 2003 20:22:31 +0100, "Christine Hughes"
>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!
Save a homeless Siamese! Photos & detailed info on kitties
available to adopt: http://www.siameserescue.org
Homelessness should NOT be a capital offense!
The humane answer for feral cats is Trap-Neuter-Release
Visit http://www.feralcat.com and http://shorterlink.com/?TT8J7R
Yahoo! Groups Sponsor
To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service. Get more from the Web. FREE MSN Explorer download : http://explorer.msn.com
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]