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Bajart Vincent: horrible vet

Today i’ll be sharing something a little different on my blog.
I’ll be writing partially in Dutch as well, to reach a bigger crowd.
 
As I was talking to Ania about how horrible a hamster of mine was treated at a local vet, she responded with well.. why not share it on your blog?
 
Therefore i’m going to sit down right now, and take a minute to share with the world how horrible my pet was treated by this man.
 
In the hopes of reaching out to other people from Kortrijk and hopefully putting him out of business.
Yeah I honestly do really hope he goes out of business, and soon!
 
 
Bajart Vincent
 
That’s him.
No it’s not, but it might as well be..
 

I don’t remember everything in detail because it’s been a couple of months.
But here’s what I do recall:
 
 
Een tijd geleden merkte ik voor de zoveelste keer een gezwel op bij een van mijn hamsters,
blijkbaar een genetische afwijking door teveel *ahum* familieliefde.
 
A while back I noticed a lump on one of my hamsters once again,
apparenly a genetic disorder due to too much *ahum* family loving.
 
 
Gezien het deze keer op zijn keeltje zat wist ik min of meer wat hem te wachten stond toen ik naar de dierenarts ging.
Desalniettemin was ik  volledig in ontkenning, fijn in lalaland, wat de crash naar realiteit eigenlijk nog een stuk erger maakte.
 
Seeing as it was on his throat this time, I sort of knew what was coming when going to the vet.
Nevertheless I was in complete denial, having fun in lalaland, which made the crash into reality even worse.
 
Aangekomen bij de dierenarts riep hij Hippo en mij snel binnen, deed zijn handschoenen aan, even een vliegensvlugge hallo met zijn zicht zo ongeveer op alles behalve ons, en de vraag “Waarvoor was het?”.
Hupsakee.
 
Having arrived at the vet, he called me and Hippo in almost instantly, put on his gloves, threw us a quick hello with his eyes pointed at everything but us, and asked “What’s it about?”.
Tallyho.

 
Een aangenaam kantoor was het in de verste verte niet: koud en leeg, met een groot log bureau aan het einde van de kamer.
Maar geen zorgen, daar geraak je zelfs niet hoor, je wordt meteen van de deur naar de tafel gehint.
 
It wasn’t a lovely office by any stretch of the imagination: frigid and empty, with a big lumpy desk at the end of the room.
But don’t worry, you won’t even get there, you’ll be guided from door to table instantly.
 
Hoe dan ook, het eerste wat hij vroeg was “Bijt hij?”
Ik zei “Ja hij kan serieus bijten, hij vertrouwt geen mensen.”
Toch even vermelden: Witteke was een albino hamster, ik heb hem apart moeten zetten omdat zijn broertjes en zusjes hem constant aanvielen.
Dus hij heeft nooit iemand vertrouwd, ik had altijd medelijden met het beestje.
Ik kreeg hem zelf bijna op het punt dat hij mij wel vertrouwde, een 3 weken voor hij stierf, maar toen liet ik per ongeluk het deurtje van de kooi op zn neusje vallen.
Zo zielig! En ja, terug naar af dus.
 
Anywho, the first thing he asked was “Does he bite?”.
I said “Yeah he can bite pretty hard. He doesn’t trust people.”
Worth mentioning: Witteke, my hamster, was an albino, and I had to seperate him from his brothers and sisters pretty much at birth ’cause they were constantly having a go at him.
So he never trusted anyone, and I always felt sorry for the poor thing.
I almost got him to trust me at one point, about 3 weeks before he died, but then I dropped the door of his home on his nose.
So sad! And yeah, back to start for me.
 
Hij neemt de hamster vast en na kanker geconstateerd te hebben (hè hè.. dat wisten we nog niet) zegt hij niks meer, hij kijkt gewoon ongeduldig.
Ik kan me letterlijk niet herinneren of hij wel IETS gezegd heeft uit zichzelf buiten dat.
COMPLEET geen input.
Telkens ik hem om advies probeerde vragen volgde er een scherpe “Jah ik weet het niet”, gevolgd door een strenge staar.
Ondertussen weer naar alles kijkend, behalve ons.
Laat staan dat hij langer dan 1 minuut aan tafel bleef staan.
Ik moest zelf vragen of hij leed, of er iets aan gedaan kon worden, en letterlijk zeggen een spuitje alsjeblief.
 
He takes hold of the hamster, and after his cancer diagnosis (what a revelation) he doesn’t say a thing anymore, just stares impatiently.
I literally can’t remember whether he even said ANYTHING except for that.
NO input whatsoever.
Every time I tried to ask him for afvice, a sharp “Yeah I don’t know” would follow, and a frigid stare.
Meanwhile he would be looking anywhere but our direction again.
Let alone him standing at that table for longer than 1 minute.
I myself had to ask whether he was in pain, if he could be helped, and literally say i’d like an injection.

 
Maar hoe hij vervolgens aan de slag ging heeft me pas echt compleet overrompeld.
Ik ben nog steeds ongelofelijk kwaad op mezelf, elke dag, dat ik hem niet gestopt heb.
 
But how he then proceeded really blew my mind.
I’m still extremely angry at myself, every single day, that I didn’t stop him.
 
Wetende dat Witteke schrik heeft van mensen neemt hij hem uit zijn nesje met volle hand, spreid hem uit tussen zijn vingers, en spuit recht in de buikholte.
Die squeak maakt me nog altijd droevig.
Maar in plaats van hem dan in zijn nestje te laten sterven, in de zachte watten, hield hij hem toen zo vast tot hij volledig weg was.
In plaats van een zachte dood en angstige pijnlijke dood voor hem dus.
 
Fully aware of the fact that Witteke fears humans, he grabs him from his nest, spreads him out with his fingers, and injects the liquid right into his belly.
That squeak still makes me sad.

But instead of then letting him die in his nest, in the soft plush, he then held him like that until he was gone.
So instead of a soft death it was a scary, painful death for him.
 
Daarna las ik online dat hij zich specialiseert in grote dieren.
Hoewel dat op geen enkele manier een excuus is, of hij had ons door moeten sturen, of zachthandiger tewerk moeten gaan.
 
After that I read online that he specializes in big animals.
That’s not an excuse in any way though, he should’ve either sent us to a colleague, or been more softhanded.

 
Uiteindelijk ben ik nog steeds niet aan zijn bureau geweest, het enige wat nog uit zijn mond kwam was de prijs.
Regelrechte geldwolf, zijn geweten heeft ook een spuitje gekregen volgens mij.
 
Hoe kan hij nou slapen als een roosje elke avond terwijl ik er zelf van wakker lig!
Gah mijn hoofd bonst gewoon, ik hoop ontzettend dat hij falliet gaat.
Hij hoort NIET in te staan voor dierenzorg!
 
I still haven’t been at his desk, the only thing that came out of his mouth in the end was the price.
A moneygrubber is what he is, straight up, I think his conscience was also put down.
 
How can he sleep like a lamb every night while I lay awake?
Gah my head is pounding right now.
With all my heart, I hope this man goes out of business.
He should NOT be in charge of animal care!
 
 
I might actually share things like this every once in a while, about petshops as well.
It’s not my favorite thing to do, and it makes me depressed when writing it, but things like turtles being kept in moldy water NEEDS to be shared!
I’ve tried things like small time animal police instances, as well as organizations but they never got back.
My blog in fact is the next best medium for me to get things out there.
 

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About LifeOfBun

I'm a student from Belgium, but raised in Holland. My life evolves around animals, games, traveling, make-up, and COLOR. I seek for cruelty free awesomeness & alternatives to my favorite things each day. ^_^

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Box o' thought, Random twirlings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. This is awful! I am so sorry that you and your tiny friend had to go through this. Anyone who words with animals would have a good idea of how important pets are to their owners. Whether the animal is big or small, the love you have for your pet is immense, and delicate moments like this should be handled respectfully. It baffles me why you and your little mate were denied this respect and compassion. *hugs*.

  2. I am so sorry you and your little friend had such a terrible experience. You had told me before that there aren’t laws to protect animals and pets, and now I see probably there is no special certification for veterinarians to treat certain species either. I would say spreading the word about this vets lack of compassion and barbaric ways would be the best tool in helping assure other people do not have this experience AND keep people from giving him business.

    • Nope, absolutely not. They can treat any pets they like. Andy commented that he even doubts whether he has any real credentials at all.
      I hope I do spread the word!

  3. :( I am so sorry. When you are already dealing with something so hard, to have some nincompoop make it even harder on you is just evil. I hope this post does its job and helps to steer others clear from him.

  4. I still think you should also post it on some Dutch-language forum to warn others about him. We cannot help Witteke now :( but maybe we can help others to avoid his fate!

  5. So sorry for Witteke :-(
    I was about to write the same thing as John: is he alone in his practice, or are there other vets, possibly someone above him?

  6. It is almost as if some vets don’t see animals other than cats and dogs as real pets, I am really lucky we have some terrific vets here at the place I use the last serious thing we needed them for was when our guinea pig had the snip – pound for pound the most expensive surgery on the planet but I didn’t mind because he was treated like royalty

    • Yeah exactly, I just talked about that with Easywaimarener too. Why should dogs and cats be any different? They take a vow to help “animals”, not “pets that are worthy in my opinion”.
      How lucky that you do have capable vets around there! If you pay for service, that’s fine.
      I went to another vet in Kortrijk as well, explained to him what happened and he was shocked. When he explained how he would’ve done it I was SO frustrated that I didn’t go to him in the first place.

      • years ago i had a bad experience at a vets having a dog put to sleep I never ever went back if they can’t understand how terrible it is to make the decision and at least act as if the hand compassion for the person paying then imagine how they treat animals left in their care before and after ops

      • Ahh i’m so sorry Paula. :/ That’s not a nice last image to have of your pet at all. Thanks for sharing though, it comforts me to know i’m not the only one that encountered an asshole. You make a good point there, he’s probably not gentle post op at all. Gah no wonder animals are afraid of the vet sometimes.

  7. Wow, I’m sorry this guy was such a total jerk to you and your pet. Is there a board of directors that oversee these people that you could contact? He needs to be shut down. Couldn’t read a word of the Dutch. ;)

    • Absolutely not! Belgium is such a baby country in that aspect. I like to watch things like animal police on Animal Planet and admire places like Australia where there’s genuine laws to protect animals against cruelty.
      Here, I had to call the real police about a dog I was worried about in someone’s backyard. But I can’t do that with a store for example. Then there’s honestly nothing at all.
      One store here sold turtles with abscesses on their necks, kept in almost brown water and actual mold on their swimming island!!
      I contacted so many instances, but nothing.
      It’s completely sickening.

  8. Sorry for Witteke, I’m so sad about your loss. My first thought while reading about this vet was, someone should zap him one. I’ve heard that some vets are very rough with small animals like guinea pigs, hamsters, mice. I had a horrible experience in my childhood as a vet “euthanized” the budgie of a friend on a cruelty way. This guy deserves a place in the hall of shame! I pressed the “like” button for your post, because I think it’s the right way to write about such a behavior as this of your vet.

    • Thanks for the like, and it’s true! Hamsters aren’t even seen as real pets for a lot of vets, especially around here. I don’t see how it should be any different? They feel pain just like we do, and our dogs and cats do.

  9. Wow, he calls himself a vet when he’s this inhumane? Should write an article at a local paper or something. I even question his credentials. :(

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