Re: Vet Exam
I had the same vet for 10 years (I actually worked for her when I got my first pet). I liked her, she did ok, but was difficult to talk to. Like pullng teeth sometimes. Since I worked for her for a while, I was sort of in the "comfort zone" with her. THEN I got a GSD puppy. LOL - this dog is my heart. I actually switched vets, as I knew she wouldn't appreciate all the research I did myself on canine nutrition, vaccinations, etc. I started looking for a new vet, and after 3 different visits, found the perfect vet. Guess what - he's also the most expensive vet in town. But in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. The first time I went in was just to meet the vet and tour the hospital. I took Kodee with me, not expecting any type of exam or anything. Let me tell you, our vet gave him the most thorough exam I have ever seen. He checked Kodee over for 15-20 minutes, easy. He was gentle, sat down to speak with me, we discussed my questions/concerns, etc. After about 35 minutes of talking, I told him that if he had appointments to get to, I understood. He said "No, this is fine." He spent an HOUR with me, talking. He is very knowledgeable, does not get offended if you say you've read research that says x,y,z. He'll give you his opinion, but he doesn't talk down to you. He talks with you. He obviously cares about animals, not just a paycheck. He's the best vet ever.
Kodee got away from me one evening and got hit by a car right in front of me at home. I rushed him to the local vet. We got there at 5:15, and the jerk checked Kodee over really quick, gave him a shot for pain, and sent him home. When I looked at the receipt, I saw that he managed to get us out of there at 5:29! Yay for him - he closed the clinic on time at 5:30. I was pissed. I slept on the floor w/Kodee all night that night, and first thing in the a.m., took him to our vet (another town). The Dr. checked Kodee for 15-20 minutes again - thoroughly. Did all kinds of checks, range of motion, vision test, etc. I'm thinking - why didn't the other vet look at all this stuff last night - when my dog had JUST gotten hit by a car? Just goes to show - it pays to shop around.
If that little voice is telling you get a new vet - I'd do it in a heartbeat. What do you care about more - your cat/dog, or the fact that a vet is a "nice person." I'm sure you care more about your pet. I'd start looking for a new one. And that story about the spay would freak me out - I've watched dozens of spays - I don't know how anyone could leave part of the uterus in!