posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 12:21 AM
When they brought the thug and threatened to kill your cat, at that point I would have excused myself, and gone outside to call the police.
I agree with a couple other posters about fluids - having a vet teach you how to do subcutaneous fluid injections is a valuable skill as a pet owner,
as well as the basic dehydration test.. I had a stray I rescued a few years ago that had leukaemia, ended up dying, which was very sad..
I've had a bad experience with emergency vets, too.. One of the cats I still have got injured a couple years ago.. either something "fell" on her
eye, or my ex hit/kicked her.. (pretty sure it was the latter, but I can't prove it).. Because when I found her bleeding from the eye it was about
9pm, I had to take her to the emergency vet too.. They wanted to remove the eye (not really necessary, though she is blind in that eye now, it
doesn't bother her at all).. I was quite freaked out and basically said that I wouldn't approve that, and that I'd take her to her regular vet the
next day.. All they ended up giving me was I think some drops, and a collar.. I don't think they really did any tests, maybe an xray at most.. $250
for almost no treatment at all.. would have been thousands if I'd approved the eye (Along with the hospital stay necessary)..
I would recommend to every pet owner that you know how to take care of your pet's basic medical issues, and what things to monitor - especially
things like minor wounds, how to check for broken bones, dehydration, how to force feed an animal or give it pills if necessary. My cats are both
happy and healthy, and having that knowledge can save you a lot of heartache and cash. I nursed her back to health after her injury, and I have to say
that I think that this was far better for her emotionally and psychologically.. The last thing an injured or sick pet wants is to be away from their