Met Mr O this morning. He told me that he brought the stray cat to a private clinic. The growth on the cat's face was removed surgically without x-ray, blood test...and all the bull shits SPCA vet told us.
Mr O has lost all trust and faith in SPCA. It is a pity that this incident due to one inconsiderate vet in SPCA marred its image and lost the support of a stray caregiver.
What upset me is the vet attitude and lies. Perhaps he does not wish to take on 'difficult' case. Or perhaps minor surgical procedure is not his area of expertise ? He could have referred the case to other vets in SPCA if he could not handle it himself. Instead he kept up his lame excuses for denying the stray treatment.
I need to confirm some facts. I was under the impression that those vets on rotation in SPCA do voluntary work. But Mr O told me they are paid. What ever it is, it is another area of weakness in SPCA which needs improvement.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Stray not given treatment at SPCA Clinic
The reason SPCA vet on duty gave was that SPCA could
not treat cancerous growth. But it is an excuse as there is
no way the vet could know. So I wrote another email to
appeal to them to help the stray. An extract :
To my understanding, the vet told Mr O that in order to
confirm if it is cancerous growth, a tissue biopsy test is
needed. Hence,he asked Mr O to bring the cat to a private
It is therefore unlikely that the vet on duty is able to
tell from observation if it is a malignant cancer growth
without a biopsy test.
We do not expect a stray cat to receive such 'elaborate'
treatment such as biopsy test and prolong medical attention.
But can SPCA consider giving the stray a chance by removing
the growth surgically? The growth may be non cancerous.
Besides, even if it is cancerous, it could be a benign growth
which could be surgically removed and the stray would be back
to good health.
We plead on the stray behalf to let it have a chance to live.
Can SPCA vet just remove the growth ?
NO LUCK - this time the excuse given by the vet is that in
order to cut off the growth, they need x-ray machine, blood
test...all of which SPCA cannot provide.
I could not comprehend this as they are able to perform
sterilisation on strays without all these machine and tests.
So I asked a vet in private practice. As expected, SPCA vet
is giving excuses after excuses as there is no need for
x-ray machine. For blood test, it is only done if the animal
SPCA should audit their voluntary vets and review or implement
SOP to ensure well being of strays are not compromise due to
individual vet's decision.
This post is partial extract from an email I wrote to SPCA regarding a trying to get treatment for a stray cat.
We are an informal small group of stray cats caregiver. On 21/5/12, Mr O bought a stray cat to SPCA clinic at Mt Vernon for treatment as per prior appointment. It has a growth on its face near its mouth and has problem eating.
The cat was not given any treatment and the vet on duty asked Mr O to bring it to a private clinic. According to Mr O, the vet knew him as Mr O is one of his clients in his private vet practice. Likely the vet thought the stray is Mr O’s pet and denied it treatment. This stray is very fat which could have contributed to it being mistaken as a pet. But the stray has clipped ear.
This stray has been hanging around the eateries in housing estate before making the Muslim eatery its regular hangout site, as the Malay community is more tolerant of cat in general. Being fed by many kind hearted souls may have caused its obesity. This could be easily verified by checking with the stall holders at the Muslim eatery.
The cat’s growth is getting larger by the day. SPCA clinic is set up to help strays and encourage strays caregiver to do more than just feed them. We used to be just feeder and this is our first attempt to do more to improve strays well being and it was very discouraging for us. Why deny the stray of treatment just because it is fat and does not look pathetic.
We are appealing to SPCA to review the case. If the condition is treatable, please help the stray. If it is not treatable, please advise if it should be put down.