Looking for a Good Veterinarian In Manila

Friday, February 24, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

I have been looking for a good and trustworthy veterinarian in Manila for the longest time. I was looking for an animal clinic in Manila because my black cat suddenly developed eye symptoms just a few hours ago. Unfortunately, my experience with a veterinarian a while ago was not reassuring.

My black cat

Cat conjunctivitis

When I woke up a few hours ago, my cat approached me and I immediately noticed that something was wrong with his left eye. He had purulent discharge on his left eye, which was partly closed. Although I am not an animal doctor, I am a physician and I had an idea as to what may cause those symptoms:

  1. He might have scratched his eye accidentally and, as a result, he has corneal abrasions;
  2. He has infectious conjunctivitis; or
  3. He has some other more serious condition that causes red eye, such as uveitis or glaucoma, which I hoped was not the case.

A cat’s eyes are different from a person’s, so I knew that playing doctor in this situation (even if I was one) is not going to work. I then rushed my cat to a veterinarian in Sta Cruz, Manila.

The Veterinarian’s Diagnosis

After a brief inspection, the veterinarian said my cat had viral conjunctivitis. I asked if it was Feline Herpes Virus (FHV), but he said it was probably rhinovirus. After he irrigated his eyes, he then proceeded to prescribe eye drops for my cat. I checked the label and it was a combination of Tobramycin (an antibiotic) and Dexamethasone (a steroid that works to reduce swelling and pain). Of course, this immediately prompted me to think like a doctor. Why give him an antibiotic, which targets bacteria, if he thought it was an infection caused by viruses? (Antibiotics will not work on viruses because they are of a different makeup.)

I then asked the doctor, “I thought he had a viral infection.” He then said my cat probably had a bacterial infection. I took one look at him and he looked uneasy, as if caught in a lie. After all, he did just say my cat had a viral infection not so long ago, and suddenly he now has a bacterial infection.

He even said my cat had scleral hemorrhaging. I raised my brow. I did NOT see any bleeding when he examined his eyes. Maybe he meant erythema? Tsk, tsk.

Actually, I thought it might be a good idea to give the Tobramycin and Dexamethasone, in case it was viral conjunctivitis that developed a secondary bacterial infection. So, I was fine with his inconsistency. Then, the veterinarian asked that I give him oral antibiotics for ten days.

I paid about PhP1200 for the whole debacle. My cat peed his pants; he was so scared he actually had to pee on the spot. Poor baby. I was beside myself with worry, looking on helplessly.

But the problem wasn’t over. I did find a veterinarian in Manila, but it looks like I found a rather shady one. Read about what happened to the drugs he prescribed for my cat’s eye problems.

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Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.