- Mar 2, 2021
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I was wondering what people's thoughts are on seeking a second medical opinion from a vet, and whether it'd be considered bad form.
My Hermann's was a little out of sorts at the beginning of February. Eating etc fine, just something didn't seem right and I suspected dehydration. Took him to his vet, who to her credit has always been amazing, and very knowledgeable, specialising in exotics. She confirmed dehydration as I had thought and we noticed the red spots on the plastron indicating sepsis.
He stayed over for a few days to get fluids and anti biotics, had bloods, then released into my care, with more anti biotics (ceftazidine) to be administered every 3 days.
Throughout he has been absolutely fine, no change in appetite, passing of waste, or general demeanor and behaviour. If you didn't know, you wouldn't think anything wrong. I've been administering the anti biotics since, so we're looking at a month so far. He had bloods drawn on Friday to see how his markers were doing, and the vets words today were they're worse. I'm not overly proficient with the terms but i believe the uric acid was a concern which may indicate kidney issues?
Her solution currently is to continue with antibiotics for a further month, so every 3 days. And to give him an oral solution in addition for a week, which name escapes me. Im picking it up tomorrow so can clarify.
My concern is, and again I'm no vet and thinking from a human perspective, surely being on antibiotics for 2 months would be wreaking havoc with his already delicate system.
That's why I am wondering should I try to get a second opinion? I'd hate to offend my vet as she has been stellar over the years, and it'd almost feel like infidelity going elsewhere, even just for a fresh set of eyes.
Any help would be great. I would hate to cause him any harm in the long run by overdoing it with medications, but there's just that niggling little thought in the back of my head.
I work in the veterinary industry - Pet owners ask for second opinions all the time and it’s fine! x