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Do vet's stop caring because our dogs are aging?
I won't bore you with the details but as you now, I have an addisonian dog with major issues. My goal the entire time (going on 8 years) has been to give him the best care possible from me and his multiple vets.
We have been dealing with the latest issue, raging infected anal glands. I took him to the vet about a month ago for the 3rd time on this issue (we are going on 2 months now with this problem). My gut kept telling me something was not right. The vets have always been great about his care. The vets told me that the only option was surgery to remove the anal glands. I told them this was not an option. The stress would probably kill him. Their response was to send me home with a spray that would keep his bottom comfortable. The swelling in the rectum was now the new normal for him due to scar tissue.
I went away for Thanksgiving and when I returned, I noticed things had gotten worse (didn't think it was possible) so I decided to rush him to the vet, a different vet, his original vet when he was a puppy.
She looked at his bottom and within second said he has a perianal fistula and we need to do anal infusion. I took him in today, his anal glands had an infection beyond anything she had seen. He did great while the vet did the procedure which lasted 2 minutes. I need to take him back 2 more times, she believes this will rid the infection once and for all.
My husband thinks the primary vets sent us home with the spray because they didn't want to bother with his issues any more. I am angry and so disappointed at them because my dog has been suffering for the past 2 months and this issue could have been resolved with the first visit.
Needless to say, I won't be seeing them any more, my point in all this is to a) listen to your gut and b) always get a second opinion.