…as I write this, I feel sick of my stomach knowing that I may have put to sleep an animal that could have been saved, but we will never really know.
About 2 months or so ago, I brought a feral cat to Parker Animal and Bird Clinic at 2129 W Parker in Plano. I thought I had found a great clinic. Wow, was I wrong, I found one great vet in Jennifer Thedford, but not a great clinic as you will see. Today I had to bring in another feral cat to the clinic, but this time Jennifer was off. I was assigned Dr Blonien, what a mistake. From the start I saw he had an attitude towards the feral animal, then, when we entered the room he removed the really weak animal onto the table, first by titling the cage and then just lifting it and allowing her to flop onto the table.
What a disgrace and lack of care. During the “so called” exam, the Dr. did not draw any blood, did not take her temperature, nor did he do anything to the animal…did not even touch her, he was surely thorough in charging for the exam. In conversation he said he felt surely that she was at “death’s door” as he put it and should be put down. Told me how much it would cost and that was it. I was afraid to release the feral animal in her weak state and have her die during an attack by another animal, or hide and the linger with the suffering so I went along with it, as she was lifeless .
During my first visit with Jennifer it was pretty much a similar situation, but she took the animal’s temperature and even suggested a less expensive test that though could not confirm anemia 100% would show the likelihood of it. She cared about the animal and although I left the office sad, I felt we had done the right thing. No so today, Dr. Blonien may be sure, I am not and how would he know…he just looked at her on the table, never even touched her once. I called the office back to let them know how bad the vet was, only to be shocked and find out that Dr. Blonien is the owner of the clinic, shame on him, he should change his line of work.
I will never use him again, end of story.
Dr. Blonien, these ferals may not mean much to you as it was obvious today, but to us, the feeders that use our own money, go and see the animals in hot weather, snow, ice, rain each and every day for many years and sometimes in not so nice or safe environments, they mean something to us.