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Old 06-17-2012, 10:13 PM
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For us, it was hard not to have a good relationship with our vet. When we came in on the first visit with a whole pack of curs mulling around, they made up their minds pretty quick about whether or not they wanted to continue seeing us =P

But I do absolutely adore our vet now...when Mammoth had oral melanoma several years ago, this guy did his absolute best to get clean margins and completely excised what would have no doubt been a fatal tumor. But he also cried with me when he gave me the diagnosis, and was almost as elated as I was when he called to say that there was no more cancer.

He is the best simply because he becomes completely invested in our animals. When I had rats, he knew nothing about them (other than how to keep them out of his house haha), but he learned alongside me because he loved them too =)
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:28 PM
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But I do absolutely adore our vet now...when Mammoth had oral melanoma several years ago, this guy did his absolute best to get clean margins and completely excised what would have no doubt been a fatal tumor. But he also cried with me when he gave me the diagnosis, and was almost as elated as I was when he called to say that there was no more cancer.)
Yepp, my vet was SO UPSET when she had to diagnose Rascal with inoperable, aggressive cancer.

She also had to quickly excuse herself from the room when Rogue was euthanized before she started crying, cause I was enough of a mess without her breaking down.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:30 PM
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I don't know that I'd say I have a good "relationship" with the vet...but I respect them, like their business practices, and have never had a bad experience there. It's a big clinic (5-6 vets on staff), so they don't remember us, but I don't need that in a vet. I need someone who is knowledgeable and has a good bedside manner, and they have that.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:01 PM
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I love my vets, and feel super fortunate to have them.

My gen vet is the nicest man ever. He has a dog with anxiety, so he "gets" it and is great with Bailey. When I arrived with Grace and a letter from her breeder which included a proposed non-traditional vaccination protocol, he could not have been more awesome about it. He did his own research, he reached out to the (well-respected) vet the breeder worked with to come up with the protocol, and is even going to call the county re the proposed Rabies protocol. He's interested in learning, doesn't have a huge ego and is kind and gracious.

(One of his practice partners, OTOH, who I saw when I needed a last minute appt for Grace for what I thought was a UTI, made a number of snide comments about the breeder letter, told me to spay G at 6 mos., and then wrote out a standard vax schedule. And charged me for a full workup.)

I also love our holistic vet and B's specialist (the latter recommended the other two, and they all work well together).

I really value vets who will talk to me about what's going on with my dogs and the reading I've done and my preferences (e.g., I'm probably unusual in that I would rather under-vaccinate than over-vaccinate, and I don't mind a million appointments to space out puppy vaccines) -- and, based on that, work with me to come up with a treatment plan. I can read as much as I want to, but I'm not a vet, and I really value their experience and advice.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:32 AM
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The only reason we had a relationship with our vet is because we had two dogs who ended up really ill and we were in there constantly and therefore we got to know him well. Unfortunately though he just retired a couple weeks ago. And ordinarily my dogs hardly ever see a vet so it's going to be hard to develop any sort of relationship with a new one.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:05 PM
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I would love love LOVE to have a relationship with a vet, but as it is after my dogs aren't puppies they go into the vet maybe once a year if that. Traveler hasn't been in there since he was 9 months old. And once I get him his three year rabies I doubt I'll be back before that unless something happens.
The only reason I have a relationship with my vet is because we were there CONSTANTLY last year. >.< I've never had a relationship with a specific vet/vet clinic before now. It's great because I flat out adore my vet - she's incredibly awesome with Mu and willing to work with her issues about being handled. She was SUPER supportive last year when I told her about the fights we'd been having (in fact she almost made me bawl after one of the worst ones). She personally calls to check up on the dogs after a procedure. They offer me cookies and soda when I have to wait for an appointment (usually after they've squeezed me into a same day visit).

It sucks that the girls poking holes in each other (and multiple random injuries) was the catalyst for a relationship but it is really really nice to go see someone who KNOWS my dogs and actually cares about them.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:50 PM
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Until my current vet, I've never had a steady vet long enough to develop a proper relationship.

My dogs have gone through a number of vets throughout the years. Most have retired or moved to not-so-convenient locations. I've pulled my dogs from 3 clinics: The first one because they were trying to make us do unnecessary, expensive things like shuttling my first dog between the vet clinic and emergency clinic for insulin shots when they could have been given at the clinic, another because the staff was very rude and the final one because I felt that the vet had basically given up on Rocky and didn't care whether he lived or died.

I am so happy that I found our current vet! He's very friendly (so is his staff) and funny, remembers who my dogs are (Baxter is referred to jokingly as the "Little Terror" and also "The Fluffiest Puppy") and is willing to answer any question and also makes sure you understand the answer 100%.

Rocky just turned 13 and I contribute him being alive to this vet. When Rocky developed an abscessed tooth and didn't want to eat, the previous clinic didn't want to remove the tooth because of the risk of surgery and Rocky's liver problem but they also didn't want to do anything else either. They were basically content with watching him starve to death. Within a day of taking Rocky to our current vet he was eating better than he had in months, and all it took was some antibiotics and someone who cared enough to help out an old dog.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:54 PM
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We've used this vet for as long as we've had Rosey... So 15 1/2 years now. Im not sure my vet realizes it, but she's watched me grow (we lost our records after not going to the vet for 8 years and started a new file under my name)
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:55 PM
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I haven't really found a vet I LOVE yet - and I work at a vet clinic with four different vets. LOL I do really like one of the vets and that is who sees all of my animals, but for things like nutrition she is very much a sponsored-by-Hills-and-Purina-vet and just other little things that I wish a vet could see eye to eye on with me (like not altering at an early age, etc.). But, in terms of care, professionalism, handling the dogs, client interaction, diagnosing, treatment plans...I really do like her and I highly recommend her to other people.

I definitely recommend having a relationship with a vet, even if it is only taking your dog in for a wellness exam once a year. Coming from the vet side of things, we are definitely more willing to go out of our way to work with people on pricing/etc. when we know you as a client. And it also really, really helps that when you do come to us with an emergency, we have the background information on your dog and know exactly what is normal for that dog and what isn't. It helps with the diagnosis and it helps with the treatment plan.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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I haven't really found a vet I LOVE yet - and I work at a vet clinic with four different vets. LOL I do really like one of the vets and that is who sees all of my animals, but for things like nutrition she is very much a sponsored-by-Hills-and-Purina-vet and just other little things that I wish a vet could see eye to eye on with me (like not altering at an early age, etc.). But, in terms of care, professionalism, handling the dogs, client interaction, diagnosing, treatment plans...I really do like her and I highly recommend her to other people.

I definitely recommend having a relationship with a vet, even if it is only taking your dog in for a wellness exam once a year. Coming from the vet side of things, we are definitely more willing to go out of our way to work with people on pricing/etc. when we know you as a client. And it also really, really helps that when you do come to us with an emergency, we have the background information on your dog and know exactly what is normal for that dog and what isn't. It helps with the diagnosis and it helps with the treatment plan.
Your vet knowing the pet before something is wrong is so, so important. If my vet didn't know what was normal for Ren, she would have thought I was nuts for taking him in when he wasn't biting people and he'd be dead.
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