I was feeling unusually exhausted following a consult I had the other day! BOY, did I have a battle to hospitalise this patient.
This poor little Yorkshire Terrier had not been eating for the past 4 days and was vomiting and passing watery faeces.
During the consult I was thinking, poor thing needs to stay in hospital for me to be able to conduct thorough work-up in order to diagnose correctly. This would involve checking the electrolytes, running various tests and placing on IV fluids.
To my surprise, the owner would not let her pet be hospitalised, her reason being that she is not used to being away from her and that her pet would stress.
Well, if any dog is not used to being away from its owner, that would not be normal. I do agree, being in a strange environment is stressful for any animal, however, vets do not hospitalise animals for the fun of it. There is always a reason, if there is none, then that’s purely unethical.
It got me thinking that when my GP says “Oh man, you are not in good shape at all, you need to be in hospital immediately,” I do not argue. I don’t think there are many who would. Why? because we value our lives and our health. We will do almost anything to get better. So why is it different with your pets?
Being at home with no professional veterinary care because the owner wants them close, certainly does not get them feeling better and in my opinion, it amounts to neglect. Of course, it is their pets but I feel they should choose better by putting their pets first.