When I suspected Joey had bladder stones again, I was adamant about finding a new vet for her. I’d been going to Vets in Practice along White Plains since it opened a couple of years ago. I needed to find a new doctor because I didn’t understand why she’s peeing blood again when I followed their instructions of only feeding her Royal Canin Urinary S/O. She’s not allowed to eat anything else for the rest of her life. What a sad life because she hates the stuff :( I’ve been so conflicted, like a mom with an allergy-prone kid… I felt like I needed a second opinion because I suspected Joey’s former vet would recommend her for surgery once again even if she was just opened up last July.
Allegedly, the young doctors from Vets in Practice are known to recommend surgery right away. This is something my college friend Carissa mentioned to me and something that my sister-in-law Chelo experienced firsthand. Her dog Arya had a cough that wouldn’t go away and Chelo, being a new dog owner who had just moved into a new apartment back then, thought she might have eaten a screw or a staple wire. Her vet, who was also Joey’s doctor, recommended Arya to undergo surgery. They opened her up, found nothing, and stitched her back up. I believe they apologized to Chelo and figured out it was either kennel cough or an allergic reaction. Can you imagine going through surgery you didn’t need after all?
So I was messaging with friends, asking them for recommendations and Lauren reminded me about Pendragon Vet Clinic. Her dog Melo had a huge bump on his stomach when he was just a puppy and it was late at night when she noticed it. I researched for a vet hospital that was open at the time and found Pendragon. He got confined for a few days and he is so happy and fluffy today. I Googled more info on the clinic and read this on their website:
Pendragon Veterinary Clinic (PVC) was founded in 2004, as a veterinary clinic geared towards providing premium health services to pets and their owners. It started as a vision of Mayem Yao, DVM; way before it even occurred to her to become a veterinarian. As an animal lover who started breeding dogs when she was 13, she had several encounters which made her deplore the state of animal care in the country. She was disappointed by vets without a passion for caring for animals; unnerved by doctors who were afraid to approach and hold a dog in their arms; frustrated by those who could not explain the illness to her clearly; and angered by some who refused to treat or confine a dog claiming “ethics.” The turning point came when a beloved bitch started having a very difficult labor in the middle of the night. It took hours for her to find a doctor willing to perform an emergency cesarean section. Sadly, the doctor was ill–prepared and made several incorrect treatment decisions, resulting in the loss of the mother and all her pups.
Good marketing right there because I was sold. Went to them the following day and because of the holidays, there was only one vet available. Though I ended being there for 5 hours, I was confident Joey was in good hands when I left her before going to Singapore.
Great thing about them is that they’re so easily accessible, they’ve even got an app for iOS or Android so you can keep track of your pooch’s progress.
All her lab results and prescriptions were on the app, plus they gave daily updates!
Beyond that, they even messaged me on Viber like they promised they would.
I called as soon as we landed but office hours are only from 9:30am-6:30pm and beyond that are only for emergencies. They suggested I pick her up in the morning instead and so I did. I was there at 9:15am hahaha. So happy Joey is back home. They recommended a more conservative method instead of doing surgery right away. The x-ray results showed that her bladder stones are very tiny, she may be able to pass them when she pees. She’s under medication right now — 1 syrup, 1 gel capsule and 1 tablet. Sadly, she’s also still on a Royal Canin Urinary S/O diet.
Just wanted to share my great experience with Pendragon Vet Clinic in case you wanted to check it out. They’ve also got a mobile clinic with an extensive list of services. Looking forward to Bear’s fast recovery!!
Pendragon Veterinary Clinic is located at G/F Amaremca Bldg., 107-A Kalayaan Avenue Diliman, Quezon City
0922-VETHELP (09228384357) / (02) 436-3833 / (02) 401-9674 (emergency hotline)