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December 30, 2007

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Sheila

I hope this bruised cat will be placed in a home where the perpetrators of his injuries will not have opportunity to do this again?

Doc

The cat has been adopted by the folks who rescued it.
Thanks for reading and writing.

Diana Guerrero

Yikes, what a horrible story. Since I live in a rural area the opinion and practices for animal care are vast.

Some people don't care about pain management and owner activities here mirror those that were wide spread from about 20-30 years ago.

Recently, I had a discussion with a client concerning trends within veterinary centers. I insisted she take her pet in when I noticed some abnormalities (I am a behavior consultant). The assistant and intern resisted exploring the issue. Only when the veteran vet returned from vacation was the issue addressed.

In a few days the animal had dropped more than 10% of his body weight. My client suspected that the majority of pet owners wait too long to get their pets in.

A hypothesis I began to ponder, especially when I offered to look in on a cat reported to be "off her food." For several weeks I had told the owner to get her into the vet. When I went over to see her, I found an emaciated skeleton.

So my question to you (although not directly related to this post) is, what percentage of people wait too long to bring their pets in for care?

For anyone else reading, the cat's liver began shutting down...she is on the road to recovery now and doing well.

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