|10-09-2013 03:07 PM|
Hope shes feeling better soon. I too have had many issues like this. I used to go to a clinic with only one Vet on staff. He was very open to suggestions and family oriented. In fact my Aunt was his assistant. When he was ready to retire he sold the clinic to another vet and I had no issues with her either. a few years later the office decided to expand and built A massive building further into town and hired 9 more Vets to come on board. Now you don't know which doctor your getting when you make an appointment and many of them are very young and not open for anything.
I had an emergency one day with one of my pups and he needed to get into the Vet ASAP. My wife was at home and I was at work over an hour away and I couldn't leave. The Vet refused to let my wife take my dog in because it violated one of the privacy clauses. I had to make an appointment with another Vet but by that time it was too late and I had to euthanize. Thank god for that other Vet though, they took my dog no problem and now I take all my pets there. Only two docs and both are GSD owners.
I kinda went off topic there. My mother also went to the same vet and has a 15 year old terrier that has very bad teeth issues. The Vet also recommended putting him under to clean his teeth this year as they have done twice a year for probably the last 6 or 7 years. I didn't think it was a very good idea for her to do this since the dog is severely overweight and not in the best of health. Showing her several examples of pups not waking up after the procedure changed her mind. I think you made the right decision and that Vet should be ashamed for making you feel like your a bad pet owner. I definitely would be having a chat with your primary Vet about his partner's behavior.
|10-09-2013 12:25 PM|
Make an appointment for your regular vet.
That said, a tooth root abscess is a big deal. Especially in an older dog with heart problems. The bacteria and infection can and does get into the bloodstream and can cause systemic illness. If her heart is already compromised then you are asking for more trouble.
There are wats to lessen the risk. Personally, I would not want to keep putting my animal through courses of antibiotics, because in the in between times that bacteria just keeps building up and the pain has to be bad.
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|10-09-2013 11:23 AM|
|katro||I feel the same way. MY vet is awesome, she understands where I'm coming from, doesn't judge my decisions on what I feed my pets and her recommendations are always reasonable (she likes to give multiple options for treatment whenever possible). The few times I've had to see other vets, their way of treating/caring for animals just didn't mesh well with my approach to caring for my pets. I would definitely run this new vet's treatment plan by your regular vet; you're more than entitled to multiple opinions.|
|10-09-2013 10:58 AM|
Make an appointment to see your regular vet. I see no issue with you not going back to the new vet - same practice or not.
Heck, I switched obstetricians in the middle of pregnancy and my son's orthodontist in the middle of treatment. You aren't even leaving a practice, just going back where belong. Piece of cake.
|10-09-2013 10:45 AM|
All of my babies saw the same Vet since they were puppies and kittens. We LOVED her but her clinic over charged the holy guacamole out of me!
Anyways, when I used to go there I would ask specifically for her but sometimes I would schedule with her and end up seeing this other woman. My goodness this woman drove me INSANE. When she talked she would say "things such as is like um" IN THAT ORDER ALL THE TIME!!!! I don't know if it was a nervous tick or what but I couldn't handle it! I would tell the ladies at the receptionist desk "Please do not put me with Dr. things such as is like um" and they would all laugh because they knew who I was talking about. People I know that go there say the same thing about her.
I am at a different clinic now that doesn't try to rob me but I have been warned to steer clear of one of the female vets there. The man I saw there, I loved, he was excellent and very into Draco.
|10-09-2013 10:28 AM|
|arycrest||I hope you make an appointment to see your regular vet as soon as possible. And I'd be frank with him about the problem you had with the other vet's attitude, she sounds like a vet I'd hate to encounter too!!!|
|10-09-2013 10:04 AM|
I would be upset also. I hate when they will try and guilt you into doing a procedure you feel is not necessary or very risky. If I was in the same situation, I would schedule a follow up appointment with (Jeff) your preferred Vet. I would let the appointment setter know that you want to make an appointment with (Jeff) exclusively or his son. Sounds like they will know exactly why. Ultimately it is your dog and you have a right to disagree or even voice your concerns. If she doesn't like it, well "Oh Well".......
I hope your dog get well soon. I know how nerve racking having an elderly dog is. Best of Luck.
|10-09-2013 09:19 AM|
Poor thing, I hope she feels better soon.
I admit I did the same thing with a new vet years ago, my sister took her beagle mix there and the vet was new and young and flighty. She gave her cat vaccinations and laughed the mistake off. I had the receptionist put a clear note in my file that my animals were only to be booked with two vets, and each time I called I specifically stated which vets I would book with.
I had to make the decision to put Alex to sleep suddenly, he went from very healthy to three weeks later after exhausting all medications possible he was in pain and it was time. I took him back to my old vet which was near my parents where he would be buried and when the door opened it was the same young vet I had been avoiding for years. My heart dropped and I didn't know what to do.
Well, she was absolutely fantastic. I called her in as an emergency, it was late but she was very quiet and respectful and never once gave me even a sideway glance that I had messed up her evening nor even asked what treatments I had done and offered more opinions. I didn't have to ask for the sedative, she did it right away and allowed me as much time as possible, leaving us alone to say our goodbyes. She put in an IV and told me that she wouldn't administer the final dose until I had told her to, and she waited until I nodded at her and he fell asleep peacefully in my arms. She gave me a hug right away and even cried with me though she had never met Alex then left us alone quietly after it was done and allowed us time to grieve waiting until we were ready, she even told us right away not to worry about paying that day and to come back later.
I'll never forget her kindness; she made every effort to make such a horrible time as easy as she could.
|10-09-2013 09:11 AM|
don't be concerned about the Vet telling you something you
didn't want to hear. it may not matter how she said it because
it's something you didn't want to hear. definitely set up an
appointment with your regular Vet. i think you should speak
with a dentist. they could have a procedure for older dogs
that doesn't require being put to sleep to have dental work done.
good luck. you're a good doggie mom.
|10-09-2013 08:56 AM|
Hope she feels better!
I absolutely love every vet at my vet's office... now my kids' pediatricians office is another story, we go there for one of the doctors but the other are horrible.
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