When I saw her, she was physically, mentally, and financially exhausted. And Felix was really sick--he was in severe kidney failure and needed much more aggressive care than either his regular vet or the after-hours clinic could provide. He survived, but it was touch-and-go.
Related: How to Pick the Best Vet
I promise I don't have my eye on my wallet when I say this: There are times when your pet needs someone other than the wonderful vet you've been using for years. I know it can feel uncomfortable to ask for a referral to a specialist. But from my vantage point as an ER vet--I work and teach at a tertiary care center, where the very sickest animals end up--that reluctance can cause major problems. Here, my short list of the top errors and omissions in pet care.