Our family is sadly reaching the conclusion that we are no longer happy with the vet clinic where we’ve been taking our cats for years. It’s changed ownership and the focus has shifted from ‘maintenance’ of our mature-to-elderly cats which each have a chronic condition, to making more money.
This leads me to ask whether there any cat-loving Rioters would recommend their vet clinic. We are looking for a practice with a caring vet who will facilitate palliative care rather than pushing “upgrade” options. The cats hate being in the car, so one around Belconnen would be best, but we’d drive further for a really great vet.
We love our cats dearly and want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible, but we know that each cat now needs regular medication to slow their decline and allow them to enjoy their remaining days.
Our vet wants to monitor the cats’ conditions regularly, but we can’t afford it: each visit costs upwards of $200, often closer to $300, and the outcome is that we are to continue with the medication. It would bother me less if the visits were optional, but they cut off access to the medication if the last checkup was over 6 months ago.
Ideally, I’d like to revert to taking each cat to the vet once a year for a general checkup, prescription renewal and vaccinations, so we can continue to keep them medicated year-round and they can continue to enjoy each of their days as fully as possible.
So, where can we find a good vet?