My sister’s cat, Baby Steps, got into an accident two weeks ago and we decided to bring him to Vets in Practice, Alabang to be checked out.
We used to bring all our pets to Animal House, Alabang (near Alabang Hills), but after some unfortunate incidents with 2 other pets, we were on the lookout for better vet choices in the Alabang area.
Fortunately, I think we have found our choice of vet with Vets in Practice (VIP), Alabang branch.
I have one thing to say about the place – impressive.
The lobby was pretty posh for a vet and can easily rival a hotel’s lobby.
It was super clean and it smelled really nice! None of the smelly, stuffy animal musk I used to smell in our former vet.
The place was pretty huge, too.
We went there on a Thursday, around 3PM in the afternoon. We were the only people there so we were immediately attended to.
We filled up a form and then we went inside one of the consultation rooms to show the vet what happened to Baby Steps.
After checking Baby Steps out, the vet (Dr. Jess) suggested that we do an x-ray to see how bad the broken leg is.
Dr. Jess told us that surgery had to be done. Basically, they’ll need to use pins to put back the bones together. He scheduled Baby Steps for surgery next day with Dr. Nielsen Donato.
Baby Steps Surgery Day
My sister and I were planning to bring Baby Steps to VIP at around 12 noon the next day. My sister, however, got a text message from the vet at around 1030am. They were requesting if we could bring Baby Steps as Dr. Nielsen was already in.
When we got there, we had to wait a while as Dr. Nielsen was a very busy guy! He was very much in-demand, answering calls left and right, and following up on other pet patients.
There were also other pets around that came in for check up.
After 30 minutes or so, Dr. Nielsen was finally able to see us.
He examined Baby Steps and told us that while he can do surgery on the leg, he’s unsure if Baby Steps will still be able to make full use of the leg. He wasn’t sure if the nerves were still in-tact and working.
Even if the surgery went well, but the leg was found to be unresponsive, the surgery will be useless.
So he presented another option – to amputate Baby Steps’ left leg.
We actually weren’t surprised as this was an option we were already considering.
We would like to keep, of course, the leg if we could, but if amputation was indeed the better option, then we were okay with that, too. So we said okay to amputation.
Before they began the procedure, however, they decided to do another x-ray… which was a good thing because the 2nd x-ray showed that the leg could be saved!
They then brought Baby Steps in the operating room and started on the operation.
We were informed that the procedure was quick, like 30 mins or so but it was the recovery period that was going to take a while.
So we decided to go and just have lunch. While having lunch, we received a call from VIP asking us if we were okay to have Baby Steps neutered. We gave the go signal as well since Baby Steps was already under.
At around 4PM, we came back and Baby Steps was already wake but a bit groggy. We waited for another 30 minutes until the vet decided that Baby Steps was okay to be brought home.
3 Days After
Here is Baby Steps 3 days after the surgery.
The stitches are healing well and he’s moving better than before. His leg is still a bit straight, though, and he’s still dragging it when walking. Not because the leg is dead but because the muscles of the leg are hard and contracted.
Dr. Nielsen did mention that Baby Steps will probably need therapy when the stitches are fully healed. (OMG, therapy for cats!)
And here’s a little video.
All in all, I’m very happy with Vets in Practice, Alabang.
The prices of their services seem reasonable.
I like how they followed up on Baby Steps 24 hours after, asking how he was.
The pet doctors were very nice, too.
When we get a new pet, I’ll definitely be bringing my new baby there.
For those wondering where Vets in Practice Alabang is, here’s a map
Pet lovers, where do you bring your pets for their vet needs?