I called ahead of time and then loaded him into the car. What I found when I got there was more like a car dealership than place that cares for animals. I was asked only a few questions. When I tried to offer more, pertinent, information I was seemingly ignored. When I asked if they would like a fecal sample (to examine for parasites, blood etc?) I was laughed at (literally). As you know from a previous post, D'Art LOVES our vet and is a generally healthy dog! He didn't like this vet and nor did I. I was presented with a quote of things that need to be done and was also told that I should have come in sooner (making me feel like a failure as a pet parent). I know my dog, I know that he isn’t feeling well, but I also know that subjecting him to a long list of things likely wouldn't help (including leaving him there for the day by himself). When I asked whether the tests they were suggesting would analyse whether his GI distress was caused by parasite, virus or bacteria I was told "no, we can’t really determine that". D'Art doesn't generally eat strange things, so a foreign body was unlikely (but they still pushed for an xray). So, I thought to myself, what the heck is the point of subjecting him to all that if we don't get any answers! The vet kept reminding me that she was at the end of her 14 hour shift; as if I had enough energy to give her sympathy! I'm sure she was tired, but in my opinion that didn't give her free license to be cold and unpleasant to me and my dog. After talking it through with my other half, I quickly realized that I couldn't trust this vet to do what was best for my dog. Instead, they were just trying to sell me the most expensive services they provided (whether or not they were relevant to addressing his illness). I went into advocate mode, asking questions about each 'service' and basically paring the list down to what was actually needed. Meanwhile, I was tired and feeling emotionally fragile. It was rough.
D'Art isn't 100% yet, but he isn't dehydrated and he hasn't vomited for 24hours. I am following the instructions given to me when I left and I'm hoping to see him bounce back in the next few days. If not, we'll be off to our vet; whom we appreciate and trust. I'll be looking for another emergency vet, for those times when it's needed.
Don't forget that we can't always trust all animal professionals. Ask questions and be a good advocate for your pets. You know them best!