Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
A year or so ago, they added a new vet. Let's see this is when Hanna and Hepsi was born, so a year and a half I think. Anyways, my vet for almost 30 years came in and introduced this vet, and I immediately got some bad vibes.
I started arguing about everything -- bad first visit. I felt that she felt I knew nothing, and she knew better, and I was immediately on guard. She was telling me that for quality I needed to put my dogs on Purina, and I needed to feed them puppy food, and then she couldn't find the boys' testicals and immediatly said cryptorchid.
I was, like, they can still come down, while the vet tech was checking them, and found them, and showed her how to feel them. Uhg! This was REALLY not going well at all.
And I got the impression that she really did not like breeders at all. And that she just couldn't wait to complain about me the minute I left. And to be fair, I came on here, and posted a thread.
Maybe the ladies in the vet clinic told her a thing or two, or maybe my first encounter was just not very positive. I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and to try again. I saw her again, when the pups were a couple of weeks older and she was a lot different.
The clinic opened another office a few towns over, so I rarely see her in our clinic now. I did take Rushie to her, when I couldn't get to my clinic. She said he looked good at 105 pounds. I had sold him at 4 years old at 82 pounds, and he looked awesome then, at 105 he looked like a coffee table.
The guy I gave him to, said he was having trouble with the stairs. I told him to pull his weight down a little, and that his hips and elbows are good/normal, so he really shouldn't be having too much trouble. He slimmed him down and says he is zooming up and down the steps now, Good.
I think we old folks just get crochety about the vets we have, they respect us, and we respect them. Them problem is that as the years go by, people are going to retire. And we are going to get stuck with someone new. They don't know us, and we don't know them, and we both have to start from scratch. They treat us like an ignorant pet owner, and we treat them like a hostile dog-person, and the vet techs, have to smooth it over.
I figure since I have the years, I will give a little, and give the second chance, and maybe a third or fourth before throwing it all into the wind and starting over with a new clinic.
In my case, I think it is fine now. I have seen the lady a few times and she seems to be ok. I prefer the other lady who has been there for probably 20 years, or the guy that owns the clinic, but time is not on my side.
My vet can't retire, I still have dogs! Well, ain't it the truth. With any luck, I will still have dogs when this new vet retires.
A week or so ago, the other lady vet, the one I prefer, came in to look at Tori's eye, and another lady vet was with her. The one I know, came right in, and Tori climbed on the chair and onto the table, and she looked in her eye, and then dug around in there in her eye lid and all, and the started telling me what she thought. I introduced myself to the new lady and then she introduced her. And then she stared into my girl's eyeball, and petted her all over her head.
This lady wasn't afraid of my girl, and saw a really awesome speciment in temperament and condition of one my seven year old girls. She really did not say much, but she petted my girl and seemed to like her. Which, of course makes me have positive vibes right away.
Much different from the other introduction.
Try not to let your first impression warp you forever. Give her a second chance if you like the clinic. If she rubs you the wrong way again, I dunno. I suppose you can ask for a specific vet when you make your appointment, but remember that we will most likely have dogs longer than vets stay vets, so sooner or later, we are going to have to go to a new one, and start all over again.
Some of the best vets I have met, who seem to have the best bed-side manner so to speak, are the ones at the 24 hour animal hospital, that has its own in-house lab, ultrasound, x-ray, specialists, etc. They're two and a half hours away from me though. But, maybe they are big enough to employ the people who have enough experience to be very comfortable in their area of expertice and do not feel like they need to prove themselves, so they are more comfortable with the people and easier with them.
Arwen, CD RN CGC
Whitney, RN CGC
Tori, RN CGC
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC
Hepzibah & Hannah
Last edited by selzer; 10-09-2013 at 01:58 AM.