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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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I think I found my vet. What do you guys think?

König comes home in 2 days. (yea
.. OMG!!! FINALLY!) been on the vet hunt and I think I found one. Great reviews on Yelp, seems like a friendly staff. Place is nice and clean.

What do you think of this wellness package:
Tama Veterinary Hospital (Milpitas, CA)
-Physical examination at 8, 12, 16
-All vaccines including rabies
-Two dewormings
-Fecal tests/all necessary tests
-Microchip (but hes already chipped from the breeder)
-One year supply of Revolution flea and heartworm medication
-Free office visits anytime for 1 year

It's $370 - $50 Yelp discount. So $320. Not bad right? The free office visits and flea/heartworm meds for 1 year was the kicker for me.
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ask them if the MDR1 gene mutation test is included in the illness er, I mean wellness package. Revolution is "mectin" as in selemectin, ivermectin etc. this could lead to seizures and or death.

Plus - spot - on treatments should NOT be used in puppies according to the AVMA and EPA - it IS a pesticide.

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AVMA and EPA on Flea/Tick products

Is this a Banfield franchise btw? Almost guaranteed that your 1 yr. of free visits will not be free.

Every time you take your pup/dog into the vet it is called "touch" point to sell you on something, either service (expressing anal glands), food, medication (abx. deworming, allergy tests etc. etc.)

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you mean like this on sigh's page two of Hi...just got a rescue and he's skittish thread "Sheesh, maybe this should be in the health section at this point.

PS: The vet was a Banfield vet, which I've since discovered (I Googled it because of what I thought was an EXHORBITANT cost) is a whole other issue. But from what I can tell, while overpriced, the tests they did were not unusual and the treatment plan was pretty standard so I'll stay with them for now......especially since we were stupid enough to sign up for the wellness plan lol.......oh well, better $300 than the $800 they hit me with on a Sunday with a sick dog smh."

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if u live in an area with heartworm
yes that's a good deal
gsds aren't a high risk for mdr1 gene
if they were an aussie or aussie mix
i could see that being important
hw is too important to overlook
and skip because of some wildeyed belief
-mectin is going to make your dog sick
btw the amt of -ectin in hw meds
is too small to be of significance yet
protects against hw
so is critical to your dogs health
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if u live in an area with heartworm
yes that's a good deal
gsds aren't a high risk for mdr1 gene
if they were an aussie or aussie mix
i could see that being important
hw is too important to overlook
and skip because of some wildeyed belief
-mectin is going to make your dog sick
btw the amt of -ectin in hw meds
is too small to be of significance yet
protects against hw
so is critical to your dogs health

Then how come you have to have a HW test before using...I mean, ivermectin is used to treat HW infection, but you can't use a miniscule amount w/o putting your dog at risk if he in fact has heartworm....is this another upsell tactic?

OP, regardless if it is more a collie issue (MDR1), it is a "herding" breed issue...10% (of GSD's carry the mutation) is *recognized*, but could be more as many go unreported or suspected as such.

Read the AVMA and EPA links I provide....you too my boy diesel, before you go sensationalizing what your vet has you believe

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Hmm, i'll have to look into all of that. And nope, not a Banfield franchise. They're a pretty reputable vet in my area actually. 5 stars with 55 reviews on Yelp. That's not an easy thing to do these days on Yelp with so many people who get upset at the slightest things and decide to rage about it online. And the free office visits were just allowing me to come in and get him checked out. And if he actually needs something then I'd pay for service. But I think that's pretty much everywhere. Other vets I've called said there will be an exam fee every time I go onto the office. Even for shots. I think if anything it'd give me the peace of mind to be able to get advice from a vet anytime something was iffy. Instead of trying to determine if it's bad enough to spend that $50 exam fee. I'll look into the flea meds though. Thanks!
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active hw infection is treated differently
than trying to prevent it
its really that simple
granby that sounds like a great deal then
i say go for it
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active hw infection is treated differently
than trying to prevent it

How is it different? I mean ivermectin treatment for active HW is oral? Injection?

So putting a miniscule amount on the skin behind the shoulders is "more dangerous" for active HW infection?

Please elaborate, as I am trying to wrap my head around this.

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