Plymouth >Boettcher, Lori, Dvm - Cats Preferred Veterinary Hosp
Best cat vets ever. We've brought our cats to Cats Preferred for almost three years. A friend had recommended them a few years earlier, but I didn't understand the benefits of having a different vet for our cats than for our dog. I learned. The environment is very calming to cats - no dogs in the lobby and a room where the cats are encouraged to roam and check things out. The staff, from the receptionist, to the techs, to the vets all love cats and it shows. They are very gentle with our cats. They are technically skilled and watch over each cat's health. When I brought our two ancient cats (now almost 19 and 20) to them three years ago, I braced myself for bad news. Instead, their health has turned around and they've enjoyed three more years of life. When a cat is having a behavioral issue, I can call and the staff will help me over the phone. I find their fees to be comparable to other vets, but the care for our cats is at the top of excellence. The clinic is always clean and welcoming.
Incompetent Vets Claim Expertise in Feline Issues.
After two years and several hundred dollars later I have come to the realization that Cats Preferred Veterinary Clinic ( An all feline clinic) in Plymouth is only staffed and managed with dollar signs in mind and not the ethical or moral standings that should facilitate such a place. My senior cat had been into the clinic a few times with an ongoing problem that should have been obvious to catch. Their solution, expensive tests and unnecessary treatments for claimed renal failure. Date last seen at this clinic was September 21st when they did a standard physical after I brought her in for displaying difficulty walking, lost appetite and sitting in a tripod position panting. (They listend to her heart and lungs)
October 9th, my cat developed severe breathing problems and I took her to a 24-hour emergency vet in Golden Valley. There, a veterinary technician (yes- someone who has 2 years schooling verses someone with 8+) was able to pin point the problem instantly. Her lungs sounds were severely diminished. An xray proved the suspician and the vet working that night said "this has been a chronic, ongoing and continually progressing problem that started a long time ago." Her lungs had completely filled with fluid. I told the vet she was seen at another clinic two weeks prior. Her response, "Two weeks ago this would have been very obvious to hear. You can't miss this. Unfortunately right now, there is nothing that we can do to stop or reverse this and I think the best think for her would be to consider euthanasia."
A proclaimed vet that specializes in felines only had seen this cat multiple times in the past two years, and two weeks before her passing. They claimed "She's in great shape for her age." As obvious as the lung sounds would have been to hear, I could hear them and I have no medical training whatsoever, their failure to mention the issue or adress it may have cost my cat a premature death. Ethically and morally, no vet should practice with these standards.
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