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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

I find this -along with a few other things lol- possible a bit interesting.

To start off everyone, or i should say just about everyone I know takes their pet to who we call Doc Trav. Doctor Travis actually works out of what is known as The Sheboygan Animal Hospital. Dr Winter also works there. Tash has been seen by both Dr Travis and Dr Winter and both Docs are awesome!

I also picked there as that is the only vet that is UTD with what's going on in the vet world. They have a pet behavorist and I believe also a nutrionist.

They take digiatl x-rays, do ultra sounds check ups shots you name it they do it most of the itme. They do surgerys. They are somewhat of an emergency vet also. So they don't do transfusions.

They are the most reasonable prices also. Here are two of my vet bills plus one bill that I can't find but I remember it some -I have another that I too can't find. looks like I'll be doing some hunting. Other wise I could maybe see if I can get prinouts of her history there for my files-

1 DHLP-PV Annual 20.25
1 Annual Physical Exam 0.00
1 Office Call 10.50
1 Rabies, 1 yr Vaccination 19.50

Total $50.25


Next - THis was our ER visit to them, They weren't even open yet so this I guess could be considered "ER hours" well because it was lol

1 Office Call 10.50
1 Eaxamination - Problem Specific 23.00
7 Meloxicam Inj. 5mg/ml 21.00

Total $54.50

1 Office Call 10.50
1 Heart Worm Test 20ish dollars
1 X-ray -Hip- 40.00
1 Sedative 25.00
1 pk of 6 Heart Guard 44.00

Total came out to about $144.50

I can't find my 3yr Rabies vac and other updated booster she got of the DHLP-PV

I also like that vet as they don't push anything on you. They also insted of using Science Diet Prescription foods use Royal Canin.

And the air there is so relaxed and friendly. The Docs talk to the dogs/pets as if they were little kids lol.

On Tash's ER visit Doc Trav kept telling Tash that she was a lucky kid . And he talked to her in such a ncie relaxed voice. Didn't matter that we called him in about an hour early.

So why do you like your vet?
The only thing I hate about Doc Travs Office is that just about evryone does go there so it can be a bit hard to get an appointment.

Oh also, my aunt and uncles dog became sick and Doc Trav made a house call to check her out.

And when my dad's dog Ally got sick nd had to be rushed to the ER vet about 45ish minutes away Doc Trav wanted my dad to keep him updated on her condition. He even gave my dad his personal cell number so he could call him. And Doc Trav also called my dad to check up on her too. Do you know a Doc who has done that??

I love it there

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Re: Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

When we moved up to WI I went around and interviewed the local vets. I called and made appointments for a routine physical, told the desk staff I was new to the area and wanted to meet and interview the vets and brought Riggs.

One vet was almost afraid to touch him (Riggs did nothing). Next.
One vet was insulted that I was 'interviewing' him. Next
One vet was appalled that I was feeding my dogs RAW. Next.

Finally, found a vet that is GREAT with the dogs (even with scared fosters). Doesn't question my decisions on how I treat (or don't treat) my dogs. Doesn't 100% agree with raw but sees that it works for me. Has an off hours emergency number (I LOVE having the ER vet be MY vet). Gives discounts to rescues. Sometimes doesn't even charge me for things (like quick visits). Knows I want to be present for anything they do to the dogs (shots, nail trims, stitch removal, x-rays, etc.). Knows I know how to restrain my dogs and WHEN they need to be restrained. And so on.

They are a bit more expensive than other vets but worth the money. Bonus - they are about 10 minutes from home!
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Re: Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

We've been using the same Vet's office for 25 years. We stay with them because we know them, they know us. I can call and say, "Hi it's Tracy. Fanny's got a rash..." and they know exactly who I am and what dog I'm talking about.

They are very convenient to our home (just a mile away), and have a beautiful facility.

This practice also includes one vet that is trained in alternative/holistic stuff--acupunture, herbs, Chinese med, etc.--so even though I don't do all that exclusively, I like that there is a broadminded approach to care.

They are more expensive. But since my dogs have traditionally not needed much healthcare (just routine visits, neutering and shots) I haven't minded the prices.

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Re: Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

wow!!!! $40.00 for x-ray and $25.00 for sedative,that's pretty good!
where i am,the average cost for hips x-ray is about $150.00.
i'm about to change vet.not like i don't like the vet i've been going to,but it's just a little far.so i found a vet near me that i 'm please with.
i have to bring annie for her 1 year check up and rabbies shot,in a few weeks.we'll see if they are any good.
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we have two Vets. one my GF was using before i moved in. she had two (2) Grey Hounds. one died from having cancer. now we have one (1) Grey hound and one (1) GSD. our first vet is located 1/2 mile from our house. she's a general practitioner but also practices alot of holistic remedys. our other Vet is more traditional. so depending on what's wrong with my dogs decides which Vet to use. they're both great with the dogs. i'm not sure about them doing surgerys. i'll have to ask. we're happy with both of them.
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Re: Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

Yeap on 40 for a x-ray and 25 for sedative

I forgot to add that we are allowed to be present no matter what they do and they always ask you if you want them to do something before they do it.

I took Tash to a different vet for her spay and i was REALLY unpleased with the service there. It was a pretty place but i wasn't pleased with them. They went ahead and did a physical which was like almost $40 WITHOUT asking me. I asked if I could just have her records faxed to that vet which my vet did. They said that with that they would have to do a physical. They then too chared me $180 for the spay and the lady I talkjed to on the phone reasured me that it was only $120. That made me mad big time

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I like our regular vets office. I've been taking our dogs there for about 12 years. One of the doctors there must be 80 years old and is the cutest little man. I feel comfort in that he must have seen a lot of different things over the years. The staff is also very friendly.

Molly has a veterinary opthamologist that she needs to see regularly because of pressure in her eye. We feel like we're getting ripped off with their office. The last time I went in, I didn't realize I had to give Molly her medicine before bringing her in. They said the pressure in her eyes was high so they wanted to see how she would do after he medicine. They said I could leave her there and come back in 2 hours. There is a normal check up fee of about $80. This does not include a pressure check of her eyes. That's all we need done! It's about $30 to check the pressure. When I came back to pick her up, the bill was somehow $250. They charged us 4 times for pressure checks. The office also has her on 4 different medications which are very expensive. Molly had the same surgery done by another doctor in her other eye 3 years ago and she only needed to stay one medicine. Her eye recovered a lot better too. I'm thinking about taking her back to that doctor but it's over an hour away. The other doctor was so incredibly nice that she canceled a party at her house the next day because Molly needed emergency surgery. That was so sweet of her.
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Our vet is awesome. We started going to him because the previous vet we had sold his practice and we just didn't care for the woman who took over.

Most of the dogs we see when we go into this office are large breed. There are always GSD, Huskys, Doberman, etc. There are two doctors, and Rocky has seen both but I like his regular vet better.

He always takes the time to answer out questions, will discuss anything thing we are unsure about. Rocky doesn't have a problem going there, and his assistant is just excellent with Rocky.

Rocky's Most Current Vet Bill

Vaccinations and Exam $50.00
Distemper-Lepto-Parvo
Rabies
Nail Clipping
Heartworm Test $25.00
Interceptor White $47.00
Total Bill $124.82

If we take him and he is not getting his shots, then the office visit is $40. I havent gotten Rockys hips done and I probably won't unless i have to. I am not going to breed him, and his is just a family pet/companion, so I figure I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

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Proximity and from there I got lucky.

The receptionists are funny and easy to deal with. They work really hard, are very busy, but take the time to try to make friends with each of my dogs and even remember their quirks/needs. When I have to leave a dog (or cat) there they understand I am at High Terror Alert and are very nice about it.

The techs are good both technically and personally. I don't like my dogs to go in the back without me, so they come in the exam room. The one got down on the floor under Kramer to take out his stitches because she knew he didn't like to be on his back/side. Nina loves "her" tech-she wants to see her every time we go and her tech usually comes to find her if she knows we are there.

One vet transferred to another practice so we don't get to see her-she was really good and we had some laughs when she was Bruno's vet. They had one vet there that we would always see who had a system for everything, literally saved a couple of my fosters' lives and was great with cats. He left (he's in Buffalo at a nice practice) so I transferred (in my mind) the dogs to the other vets within the practice. That's another thing I like-some like cats, some like ortho stuff, and then I have Kramer and Nina seeing the senior (by years) vet as seniors, plus they all consult with each other.

They are also the on-call vets which I like. So when Kramer bloated-by luck-we got his actual vet who knew everything about him. But we still would have gotten someone who knew us.

They are great with all the different behaviors. Ilsa and Mariele see one vet who did their ortho procedures and he is incredibly patient with both. He let me bring Mariele in day of, and leave with her day of knee surgery-because of our issues.

Their costs are probably the highest around here in the more rural practices-but they have that team idea and are really fair with me given the number of pets I have. I am allowed to do credit as needed and they try to cut costs when they can-Nina's vet saved me like $30 by pricing the Baytril by size. PLUS they put up with my research, questions, and nervousness with good humor.





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Re: Why'd you pick & Do you like the vet you have?

I like my vet because they are up to date on all the new technology. They can perform most services at their office and if it's a surgery or test that requires a specialist then often times they will bring one in to do the procedure.

She also gives me hope with my megaE dog. Not false hope but she strives to manage her condition and give her the best quality of life possible. She doesn't look at MegaE as a death sentence but rather just another illness that needs to be managed.

If she doesn't know an answer to a question she will always say, let me consult with some other vets or specialists and I will get back to you. She never fails to do that. She doesn't just pull answers our of her butt to please me. She wants to make sure I have all the correct information.

She does not have trouble admitting that she does not know everything. I really like that in a vet!

I could go on and on, but overall I am VERY happy with her. Did I mention she loves GSD's too?! LOL! That always helps!!

They are a little more expensive then the other vets around here, but well worth the cost if you ask me!

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