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to think the RSPCA are losing it?

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SundaeGirl Tue 09-Oct-12 19:22:49

They've prosecuted a woman for feeding paracetamol to her cat after it broke its leg Poor woman, her and her sister rang them for advice and now she has a criminal record.

Misguidedly trying to help your pets surely, surely can't count as cruelty?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 18:55:52

Erm, of my child was limping badly with no visible sign of injury then course I'd seek attention. That kind of negligent attitude is what led my brother to being forced to walk round school with a broken ankle. a teacher thought he new better.

I would not be comfortable making any decision like that with out phoning the vet first! Funnily enough the advice is free and my pets r worth a phone call.

MrsDeVere Wed 10-Oct-12 19:04:44

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Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 19:10:53

Because they talk u through what to look for and to help gauge the severity of the injury.

Ur missing the point though. The injury is not what the problem was it was the medication used to treat it. If it was bad enough to warrant treating then it was bad enough to warrant taking in and getting checked over!

MrsDeVere Wed 10-Oct-12 19:15:29

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Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 19:22:02

Yes a cut is fairly miner and yes a consult can be expensive BUT the point I was trying to make is that however minor an injury can seem, even a cut can become infected resulting in treatment that would have cosy more than the original consult they were trying to avoid paying for.

Thinkability Wed 10-Oct-12 19:33:32

I'm with Mrs DeVere on this. You can use your common sense with pets and not rely on the vets to tell you the bleedin' obviouse then charge you lots for it!

I learnt my lesson when I took my lab (one of the most common breeds) for what I didn't know at the time was very common to the breed 'cold water tail'.

He charged me a lot to give an injection when all it required was overnight rest. I learned this from Googling a specialist lab site on my return home.

As an experienced vet you can't tell me he didn't know that!

No I didn't work at Hamsworth Mrs DeVere

MrsDeVere Wed 10-Oct-12 19:34:34

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YouMayLogOut Wed 10-Oct-12 19:41:07

Hear hear, Paiviaso.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 19:51:48

I never said u couldn't use common sense. But I've also been unfortunate enough to see the other side. Animals brought in , in such a state as owners Mis judge how serious something was or play the " I can't afford it card" animals in such a bad way they had clearly been suffereing for days unnessecarily when a batch of frontline would have prevented the whole thing. Or a shot of antibiotics would have saved a surgical
Procedure. Or animals put to sleep as in order to save £60 spaying their puppy that dog developed a life threatening infection and they couldn't afford the surgery and treatment. sad

MrsDeVere Wed 10-Oct-12 19:59:44

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Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 20:08:32

Now that is probably one of the worst things I have seen sad animals made to hang on and hang on. I loved my cat so much but always promised myself that when time came I'd not put her thru what I'd seen.sad

MrsDeVere Wed 10-Oct-12 20:23:06

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Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 10-Oct-12 20:29:38

Stays with u doesn't it sad I'll never forget the pet who effectively died in my arms. Felt so guilty as I was trying to syringe feed at the time but she was old and shouldn't have had the op in the first place and her little body just couldn't take it any more sad vets tried to resuscitate but to know avail. I still feel guilty for feeling so relieved it was all over for her. But I'm
Glad it happened with me. I may have been a stranger to her but I'm so thankful I was with her and she wasn't alone sad

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