We took our large cat in for symptoms of lethargy and not eating. Routine blood chemistry tests were run along with tests for two feline viruses that he had been vaccinated for a year ago. Since nothing stood out other than he had a fever we were told that he had an infection. We were given oral antibiotics, pain medication and apatite stimulant. The antibiotics were to be given with food, however, as we stressed at the exam, he was not eating, so we had to try to devise ways to administer them which were not ideal. He is still just picking at his food but seems more active. Also, the apatite stimulant apparently made him nauseous.
So the bottom line is that we were charged over $600 for no definitive diagnosis and antibiotics that were impractical to administer. It probably would be better to give us the liquid form and some syringes for intradermal injections which we would be perfectly capable of.
The vet seemed to be in a rush and more involved with other patients. The rest of the staff were very kind and courteous. Although we were told the lab results were all normal, later, in reviewing the lab report we did see some high and low values. We got no explanations about such abnormal results as platelet clumping and high glucose. We would have actually appreciated some time going over these with the doctor.
He is just a cat but deserves the best care we can give him and don't mind paying for outstanding service which, unfortunately, I don't feel we got at this time.