My wife and I (Robert) went to get our
cat Marshmallow fixed (07/22/2008) for about $80. When we picked her up
after being spayed, we were given several days worth of pain medication (Metacam
oral). My wife and I both thought it was odd as we had never heard of
post-surgery medication for neuter/spay, but we went along with it. The
vet going over the medication gave us no info about the medication other than
how to administer it. No warnings of any kind. I gave the first dose
at night before I went to bed exactly as directed (she seemed fine at the time).
I woke up at 5am and when I went to check on Marshmallow she was already dead.
It made absolutely no sense, the only thing I could think of that might
have killed her was the pain medication. I 'Googled' the two words 'Metacam'
and 'cats', and I was horrified by the search results. The FDA had not
approved Metacam oral for cats because of the narrow safety margin. And
even the directions for dogs under 10 pounds is that Metacam has to be
administered through putting on food - Marshmallow weighed less than 7 pounds
and the vet told me to administer the dose directly into her mouth. And
because Marshmallow was drugged earlier that day for the spaying (possibly with
a Metacam injection), it only made the danger of using Metacam oral even
greater. I'll never take a vet's word at face value again. A cat
should never die from being fixed, especially in such a tragic way. Since
I was the one that administered the Metacam, I [in a way] feel like I killed our
own cat. This could have been so easily prevented had the vet gave us some
kind of warning, I would not have used the Metacam. A few days of pain is
better than risking death. I would do anything to have Marshmallow back
now, even if it meant having to keep her as an unfixed cat in constant heat
When my wife confronted one of the vets on staff the vet played ignorant and
dumb, claiming that the copy of the FDA study my wife had on Metacam oral was
outdated and that Metacam oral was completely safe for cats (both lies).
The vet wouldn't even give us our money back. She hid behind a clause in
one of the documents I had signed before the surgery. We went to a
different provider and paid $117 to have our beloved Marshmallow cremated and
put in an urn.
Here is the name and location of where our cat was fixed:
Value Pet Clinic - Renton Highlands
3901 NE 4TH ST STE 103
RENTON WA 98056-4100