Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Dr. Ehud Sela: Balancing Tests' costs with owner's financial ability

At times in my practice I encounter a pet that needs multiple tests and treatments, but his owner, and best friend, has some financial concerns.

The most recent case that comes to my mind is of Joey the sweet geriatric cat. Joey is a 14 years old cat that has been losing weight very fast and has severe intestinal issues, with very loose and explosive stools, and with accidents around the house. Joey is his owner's best friend and companion. Joey's owner is a retired senior citizen with a limited budget.

In this case, instead of doing every possible test in the book, I have concentrated on the most important tests, so Joey can get better, and his owner can keep him and enjoy his company.

Gladly, the tests revealed that Joey doesn't suffer from severe systemic disease, and symptomatic treatment is already helping him.

This case illustrates the importance of balancing good medicine with patient's needs and owner's financial ability.

Joey is the sole companion of his senior citizen owner and has a great importance in her well being as a senior citizen.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital

Margate, Florida

Phone: 954-972-5900