11 Mar 2010
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I live with two female dogs, Bulbul - 11, labrador, yellow; and Ginger - 3.5, labrador - mix, yellow.
Bulbul came to us when she was already 4 and a pyometra patient, with a heart condition which rendered her unfit for surgery. That was when we decided to get Ginger spayed so that she doesn't have to suffer the same problem ever.
So, amidst heavy parental pressure, we got her spayed at a reputed place three months ago. While the surgery was on, I had to tell the doctor's assistant to get flies off Ginger a couple of times.
After some time, she starting wetting her bed, which the doctor termed as Spay induced incontinence, without even touching her. She was given estrogen shots, but to no avail. Once I specifically asked him to physically examine Ginger, and he gave me some lame excuse about why that is not required and gave another estrogen injection to her.
That was when I decided to change her vet, and apparently, she has a tumour in her spleen which is manifesting in wet beds, fever and lack of appetite, and her previous vet did not even bother listening to me when I used to tell him about her...
Now she needs another surgery and soon. I hate watching her wasting away. She was such a bubbly girl. Never stayed still for more than 5 minutes and now she needs assistance getting into a car.
I am not sure if spaying resulted in tumour, but the vet was callous at the least. I had to ask him to physically examine her, and he would just pat her. I had to ask him several times before to have some tests done on her.
Whenever I go there, I find him more interested in the more 'glamorous' work he does, than look at the mere mortals like us. Things that get media attention is what he is more interested in. And if I disclose his name, several people here would be up in arms against me, to tell me how he is an angel and a God given gift for all animals.
I just wish people look at the real picture and not go by what they read in the papers. I made that mistake and my heart breaks every time I look at my mutt. Now she has to go through several painful tests and a surgery to remove the tumour. And this time I am determined not to make the same mistake and make sure I get the best for my girl.