Last Wednesday 01/13/2016, Hope was scheduled to be spayed at noon. When we arrived to the vet clinic, they said there had been an emergency and that the vets were busy in the OR with a trauma surgery that might take a few hours. They told us to leave Hope overnight and that they would have her spayed first thing in the morning. The vet said she’d call us as soon as it was done and Hope was ready to go home.
Although every surgery involves some risks, Hope was a very healthy cat so we had not much to worry about really. However, that night we had a gut feeling that something, somehow, was not right. The following morning, we got a phone call from the vets saying the surgery had been “partially performed” and that they had some news to tell us. Vet said: “when we opened “her” we could not find anything so we thought ‘she’ had already been fixed but it turns out Hope is actually NOT a female cat but a neutered male cat.“ They closed HIM right away but the ‘damage’ had been done! because they only realized what was going on after the incision had already been made.
Hope had her first check up 2 months prior to her “SPAY SURGERY”. Back then, the vet did not perform an exhaustive exploration of the genital area which led to a total confusion regarding the gender of the cat. On top of it, all the behavioral issues Hope had made us ALL believe we were dealing with a female cat “in heat”.
After undergoing a totally unnecessary surgery process, poor Hope … well actually… poor Rocco (his new name is Rocco!) has been in a separate room getting a lot of rest and he’s eating well. He will be on antibiotics & anti-inflammatory for a few more days, as part of his post-op treatment. Speedy recovery Rocco!
PS: After a few other incidents of malpractice we never went back to that vet clinic again.