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Warning Signs Your Cat Has A Bad Vet

As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your feline friend is in the best of health. While there’s plenty of things you can do at home to keep them healthy, the majority of the time, you’re going to need a vet for the big and important stuff.

It’s easy to see your vet as a miracle worker. After all, most of us have some idea about human health and wellness – even if it’s just a latent recollection of biology lessons from long ago. Cats, however? Well you didn’t learn about their health and their unique health requirements at school! We can pick things up and learn on the way, but you have to be able to trust your vet to do the rest.

Unfortunately, not all vets are created equal. Some vets will be amazing, while others will be… not quite so amazing. By learning the signs of a vet who might not be quite up to the job, you can make sure that any treatment your cat receives is exactly what they need.

SIGN: You Know More Than They Do

If you’ve had cats for a number of years, then you will have doubtlessly picked up a few tips here and there. You might even have learned some trivia about cat health and how to care for them. If some of that knowledge is specifically niche, then it’s natural to know more than your vet – they are effectively general practitioners after all, not specialists.


However, if you find your vet not following what you are saying frequently, then it might be a sign of a problem.


SIGN: They Won’t Talk To You


Perhaps the biggest sign of all is when a vet is not willing to discuss things with you, or tries to suggest that their word is gospel and you have no right to query it. For example, if you are looking for the best flea medicine for cats and seek their advice, they should be open to discussing a variety of options and figuring out what works best for your pet. If they aren’t – or tell you what to use with no room to consider underlying considerations – then consider it a warning sign.


SIGN: They Never Tell You Something Can Wait


If you have been seeing the same vet for many years, chances are some of the conditions they might identify in your cat’s health don’t require immediate intervention. For example, teeth problems can often be left for several months without having to jump to action – and a good vet will tell you if there is room for a delay. If your vet insists on any treatment happening immediately, then they might be thinking more of their profit margin than your cat’s best interests.

Of course, some things are immediate – including teeth problems! This is more one that you will notice over a number of years, rather than based on a single health issue. If they are always quick to leap to an intervention, scan, or treatment course, then they may not be considering alternative (and less invasive) options. You want a vet who sees the big picture and can make decisions holistically, so it’s always worth getting a second opinion.

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