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Let me say this before I get any further into my post: I really like our current vet clinic. All of the doctors are very nice, very knowledgeable, and quite easygoing. It's a nice atmosphere. The clinic is well kept, modern, and has two large waiting rooms - one for cats and one for dogs.

The vet techs / office staff and other clients, though .... ugh.

My DH and I went in today to get Abby's checkup so we could get the vet to sign the TDI paperwork, and to get her bordetella booster. We also took Finnegan in for his second set of kitten shots (distemper and rabies). So DH was in one waiting room with Finn and I was in the other with Abby.

Across from me sat a gentleman and his preteen son, who had a Sheltie with them. The man was telling another client that their dog had gotten hit by a car after running through the e-fence ("because he's not that smart"), and that he'd walked around on a dislocated hip for three weeks - "but you couldn't tell - it didn't bother him none." He explained that he now had "a new e-fence collar that would stop a horse!"

They had a chain leash on the Sheltie and when he was whining, the boy would first yank the leash, then kind of hit it against the dog's side.


Then the guy went on to tell another client how he "used to breed Jack Russells" but they're "so mean, you know, if you get a good purebred one."
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Not too long thereafter, one of the vet techs was holding a German Shepherd puppy and pointing at Abby from behind the counter saying, "Look! There's a big one just like you!" So, of course, I had to go see the puppy.
Cutest little thing. I asked, "How old?" and she said, "7 weeks, I just got him." I said, "Wow, that's really young for him to be away from his mom and litter." And the other vet tech said, "No, we usually see them around 6 weeks - once they have their first set of shots."
I was like, "I wouldn't buy one that young because they learn so much from their littermates between 6 and 10 weeks of age, like bite inhibition and other social skills." She looked at me like I was growing a second head.

I had a bit of a wait because it was really busy, so about twenty minutes into it, I needed to go to the bathroom. I asked the vet tech if they had a restroom and she said yes, but it's not big enough to take the dog in with you. She offered to have Abby behind the counter in their reception area while I went. When I came back after about two minutes, she tells me she gave Abby a treat. She never asked me whether it was okay or not, just gave it to her. I was like, "She's not allowed to have treats because she has allergies!" And the tech was like, "Oh... well. I didn't know." Well... duh, if you'd have asked me, I would have told you not to! (I did bring that up with the vet, too.)

So, yeah .... love the doctor. Hate the clients. Not too fond of the staff.
 

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Some people should not own dogs. That poor Sheltie was walking around 3 weeks with a bad hip! Even if he didn't know the dog was hurt...if he got hit by a car, you bring them to a vet...STAT!

Also, Jack Russell are mean?! I never heard of that one. I guess I better cross the street next time me and my GS see a Jack Russell, never know if they might start a fight!

Did that GS puppy belong to the vet tech or a client? If it belong to a vet tech, you think she know better that 7 weeks is too young to be away from the littler mates. If a client, then ....
....poor education.

I hope Abby is alright, and didn't develop allergies too bad!
 

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Quote:Did that GS puppy belong to the vet tech or a client?
The GSD pup belonged to the vet tech. She purchased it from one of their clients who breeds German Shepherds. (There is an ad up in the waiting room for the pups, too, I'm assuming it's the same litter, as the dates matched up with the age of this pup.)

Abby is fine - one treat won't hurt her, but I was upset that someone gave her a treat without my permission. Most people have the sense to ask if it's okay - especially at a vet clinic!
 

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Chris, sounds just like my vet office! Love the two vets, but am soooo tired of dealing with the receptionist and staff.

~Kristin
 

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On my end, just the opposite. The techs and receptive staff are great, and my dog just loves them. When it comes to my vet, still a moderate issue with him, in part because he is afraid of the dog.

The answer for now, change vets, but stay with this clinic.

Jack Russell's, so mean. They are not, just hyper and very intelligent. As for the Sheltie, I meet so many that simply know little about dogs. The guy you met qualifies.
 

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I LOVE our vet. He both owns and runs the clinic. He was elected mayor but decided that it took away too much from his beloved practice. He's dealt with our Sheps since the 80's.
I adore the head vet tech there as well. I did work experience there once and she was the only one who didn't make me 1. fold envelopes for HOURS on end or 2. clean up all the %$!! that the other techs didn't want to. She let me help socialise the kittens in adoption. She also tutored my puppy preschool class and absolutely LOVES little Zac. He was her favourite and always used him when teaching sit, down etc.
The two things that annoy me about my clinic is the trainee vet tech's and most clients. Zac had an "accident" on his first vet trip and the head vet tech asked her to clean it up. She gave me a look of pure poison as though it was MY fault and that I should clean it up. And the clients have NO ettiquette when it comes to pet/human traffic.
 

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I like our hospital for the most part. There are some vets I like (and trust) more than others, but I know who to specifically request for anything other than routine check ups and shots. I like that our techs really aren't involved in the exams. They work the front desk, weigh the dogs, and see you to your room, but the vet him/herself is the one that gives the shots, takes the temperature, does the entire exam. I know the techs are in the back preparing fecals, heart worm tests, and caring for the animals who had more extensive surgeries, but when you go for an exam, everything is done by the actual vet. Also they let me bring as many animals as I want. In Dec. I went in pulling a car b/c I had a big dog, two cats in crates, and a slew of fecal samples for testing. Tues I'm taking Kenya in for ear meds and Coke for a heart worm test and it's one appointment.
 

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That really sucks!! For me it's the opposite. I love the reception people because they all do weight pulling for their pit bulls and one of them breeds them for that sport. They are awsome people!
But the clients are just dumb as bricks. Even the reception ladies think so.
 

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I guess I just have a really think skin. I sit in the lobby area alot with my dogs, and I just never really listen to anything going on around me. I did have one encounter that did bug once, back when I was in Anchorage with Maxie when she was getting checked by the eye specialist. I never touch, or approach other dogs when I am in public. So, in comes this young couple with a gorgeous white shepherd, a large white female. A rather friendly animal, she was constantly wagging her tail when I walked by, but being very stressed about Maxie, I did not pay much attention to the dog, or her owners. I had to go to the restroom, and as I was closing the door, I hear the young man mutter to his SO, " arrogant SOB, isn't he?"
 

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vet techs get on my nerves also because as far as im concerned there nothing but a bunch of know it alls. just the other day i was in the vet and the one lady says to me "wow he's not getting very big" i said "he's gained 10lbs in the last month or so and is only just 3lbs over the standard for his age" then she continues to ask another tech when they stop growing...HUH?? are u kidding me?? "me being the smarta$$ that i am interupt and say that males generally dont fully mature untill 2.5 years old." then she says "OH! so thats why police dogs dont live very long" ...i laughed

yea there are a lot of other things that bug me that they like to assume but i just let it roll
 
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