Why oh why do vets not LISTEN????
Took Casey the 8 year old boxer to the vet today with the request that they give him a good check up because there is something not quite right about him.
For the last six months, he's been STARVING. To the point that he's stealing food from the counters, the other animals, me, etc. That is new for him. He's always been a good eater, but now he's obsessed with food.
Last year, we moved from Maryland to Florida, and he started having skin problems. We came to the conclusing that he's allergic to Florida, and we do periodically (two to three times a week during the summer ONLY) give him steroids to help keep him from digging himself bloody. He hasn't had steroids for about 7 months, just starting to get itchy now that it's pollinating again.
We also found out when we got to the vet that he has lost 5 pounds. In tip top condition, with hints of the last rib showing, Casey was 63#'s. Today he's 57. I don't notice a huge difference in his condition, but dang, that's a pretty big weight loss.
Vet looks him over. I told him about his grade 2 heart murmer, he didn't mention it to me. He said he looks good on physical (I actually agree...other than the skin). He didn't think bloodwork was warrented. Basically, he thinks I'm being paranoid, but I know my dog. He's not being normal. I had to insist that he do a senior panel with a thyroid check. I had to insist they check his urine. And do a fecal.
Why don't they listen. I understand the dog in their clinic right now looks good, he's in a healthy weight, he's alert, bright, and friendly. But when the owner is telling you something is wrong, could you please just listen to me. As an owner, I should not have to insist on a geriatric workup. *sigh*
Sorry for my vent, but it's aggravating. This was a new vet at the clinic I have been going to, and I think I'll ask not to see him again. I don't mind advocating for my pets, but I hate being treated like I'm stupid and paranoid.