I'm starting to trust vets less and less, I don't know if I'm just unlucky, but they seem to like to play the waiting game and have you come in for more visits instead of figuring out what's wrong in the first place. This cost me the life of one of my cats almost two years ago.
We had a really great vet on Long Island. We haven't gotten to the vet here on base yet. The thing about using the on-base vet is, they have a high volume of patients, and they don't do sick call for pets. So, for check-ups and shots/meds they are great and cheap we pay $1 per month of heartgard, pay for shots at cost. I need to look for a vet in town for sick calls, etc.
Nope, not really. I think w/ vets and doctors both, it up to you to advocate for yourself. Who has the most to loose, not the doctors. It's not their body, their life or their pet. They have more money, more lawyers, more insurance and they all cover for eachother. Their education also comes mostly from pharmecuetical companies. Dog food companies have a lot of influence over vets.
There are two clinics in my town, with two vets each. I honestly haven't checked out the newer vet at one clinic, but I've used all the rest. I don't dislike any of them as people, but I don't think they always have my pets best interest at heart.
I've been personal friends with my vet (and her husband who is also a vet and is, in fact, my horse vet) for about 9 years. I love, love, love (and trust wholly) Dr. Amy!! She was our volunteer vet at the humane society I managed for 4 years. We cultivated a great relationship. All that being said, I know she's not infallible - she can't do miracles, but I know she'll treat my animals as if they were her own and she'll explain everything to me when any of my pets need treatment in understandable terms.
The first time I brought Lucybug in for her well-puppy check, Dr. Amy was in love! She's already agreed to provide babysitting services for Lucy if we ever need to go on vacation!
When I first got my TQ, I took her to the vet my parents had used when we lived here as a family (I was younger, but remembered the vet). We had some problems with the OWNER/head vet of the clinic many years ago (he wanted to use staples to close something small on our dog's foot... my mom argued and he stitched instead... no scar was left, as would be otherwise had he used staples and it was less invasive) but I put that aside, knowing I could fend for my own dog as well as ask for a different vet. There are 4 that work in that office. I left that office with TQ because of their prices, as I couldn't really afford it at the time.
Skip to now... I CAN afford it. However when I switched vets, we just stuck with the vet I was at as we gathered more dogs. It is a large practice, I love the front desk staff, they know my dogs when we walk in the door... just great people. However, you never get to see the same vet more than once. Rarely twice. TQ has been to that office I would say about 6 or 7 times now (shots twice, got in a fight with PC, allergic reaction to flea meds, etc. she's my accident prone baby) and we have seen the main vet twice, a crazy lady twice, and a different vet each of the other times. One of the other vets took it upon herself to clip TQ's nails, even after I said, "I was going to do that when I got home, I hadn't realized they were bad until now." She butchered them, then proceded to give her like 20 giant treats that made her sick later. The only vet that I really liked, I've only seen once, and don't know his name to ask for him again.
I told my mother the "advice" my vet told me regarding Perry today, and she agreed that it wasn't right. The problem with vets here is that... people tend to use the vet they're personally friends with, not the BEST one they can find. We've got the small town USA mentality here, so it's who you know.
I LOVE my parents' vet in Colorado, and wish that I could find someone as awesome as she is, however... it's going to take a lot of research to find a good vet. I wish I lived near a bunch of the members and could go off of their suggestions! lol
Our vet is the best she is constantly doing research so that she stays up to date,she includes us on all diagnoises if we don't like the answer she will dig deeper for a better result, my husband and I looked thru the microscope when are newest puppy had earmites. When one of our toys had surgery to have a lesion removed she saved it and showed it to us and explained everything to us. She treats our dogs like she would treat her own We are very happy with her!!
When I first moved to the area, I found a vet close by who gave my cats their rabies shots and neutered my youngest one. But something about him rubbed me the wrong way. Later, I found out that it wasn't just me--he has that effect on a lot of people.
Well, something happened to one of the cats, can't remember which one, but it was outside of office hours, so we went to the 24/7 animal hospital. I remember being very impressed by their professionalism and the way they treated my cat, so I decided to use them for check ups, shots, and everything else. When my cat Murphy was dying, they had a veterinary cardiologist check him over. My cat Gizzie had her very own internal medicine specialist. When she developed the tumor on her tongue, her treating vet brought in the oncologist for a consult and I was told right away what was wrong and the prognosis. Things just don't happen that quickly when you go to a small vet office.
They're more expensive than that single practitioner was, but I feel so much more comfortable using them. I trust all of their doctors, they have their own pharmacy and lab on site and it gives me some peace of mind knowing that if there was another emergency with one of mine, their medical records are already there.
All of their doctors have a wonderful bedside manner, which is something I can't say for that first vet we went to here.
Yeah, Marian, my experience with 24/7 animal hospitals have been a lot better, the closest one is just pretty far from here but we've had some situations where we've had to take our pets there. They found out the problem and took care of it fast, expensive prices, but the animals got what they needed.
The last time I had to go to one around thanksgiving for my cats UTI, we waited there for four hours because there was three hit by cars. I'm not complainig at all, I'm really glad they treated those dogs first, I didn't mind waiting and my cat's absolutely fine now.
Spencer, one of the vets at the clinic I go to is "nervous around male, Rottweilers." (She not the only vet there and the other guy really likes Harley, so I don't know why she even saw him in the first place, but that's another post.) Anyway, she's been told, and seen for herself, that he's nice and well trained. Her answer to her nervousness is to stuff him w/ cheap, generic, grain filled, artificially colored treats. And they've treated him more than once for stomache issues! Of course he had terrible gas and tummy issues afterwards. I've learned my lesson and will be taking my own treats from now on, but it still rubbed me the wrong way. I'll also be requesting that he see the male vet or I might try out the other clinic again. I also got a referral from a breeder I really like. He's an hour away, but it might be worth the trip. He will definately be seeing my Spoo, for everything but the most basic care.
Our current vet is pretty good. We trust them, but we're also active participants in our dogs care so we're heavily involved. We went through quite a few vets before we settled on the one we use now. I think it's important to have a personal rapport with your vet. Usually there's enough around that if you're not happy with the first one you try out there's more to go to!
I'll be looking for a vet more local to me than the one my parents use. I have a few to try, fingers crossed one is right for me!
I have a very good relationship with my vets, but I do work right next door to them 6 days a week too (literally; we share a wall) there's only two vets there (plus 2-3 nurses), but I love them all. Now, whether they are the best vets or not is actually debatable, BUT they trust and know me, and will essentially agree with me if I want something more done. This for me is very important for my rats in particular, as they are so different to cats and dogs, they generally need dosages about 4X that of a cat or dog (per weight, of course!) due to their massivly fast metabolism, they also need rather particular surgery skills (all my female rats get spayed) etc too, so I NEED to have a vet I can trust will do as I say, and not argue with me just because they have the degree on the wall and an outdated book that says something else!
So yes, I DO totally trust my vets. I don't trust that will be able to solve a problem, but I trust them to do their best and to work WITH me in the process!!!
My cat broke his leg - basically shattered his ankle bone. My usual vet told us that he could do the repair but didn't have as much skill as a specialist at the animal hospital in St Helens. I went white thinking of "specialist prices" but it was in the cat's best interests so we were grateful that our vet had admitted his shortfall in skill. Off we went, miles away. We told the specialist that this cat wasn't insured (stray just walked in off the road) so he kept his prices within reason, repaired the ankle so well that if you didn't already know, you would not know there was anything wrong. He was in an external fixator for 10 weeks. Our own vet looked at the wounds weekly, making sure there was no infection - at a cost of NOTHING. What can I say about both these vets. Our horse vets, well that's a different story. My foal had an umbilical hernia repaired by one vet, 3 operations later, another vet told me he had been allergic to the stitch material. He finally ended up at Leahurst Animal Hospital, with vet bills more than he cost to buy.
Getting to my poodles. Inca had her first injection, had a horrific reaction to "something" - no one would admit what. She landed up in the animal ER as she was in such dreadful pain. When it came to the next injection, I was unsure about what would happen - another vet in the practice, a tiny needle placed correctly - no adverse reaction whatsoever. So when it came to the next injection I asked for that particular vet and have always used him ever since. So long it's not an emergency, I can always ask for the preferred vet.
So in answer to "Do I trust vets?" I keep an open mind, open eyes and occasionally an open mouth.
80/20 - I am not sure most things for me have been pretty routine. But the more I try to build a relationship with him/them they annoy me. I do see the $$$ in his eyes at times, seems he's always finding a reason for the dogs to come back.
Not knowing about pet foods for some reason rubs me wrong, maybe it's just me, BUT I would think a Vet just like a MD should know a good bit about "whats out there" for better health of the animals.
Expensive, but I trust him and like him a lot.
As much as it broke my heart putting down our old girl Tippy, he was so kind and caring during the "process", and told us everything that was happening/might happen. He let us take our time with our goodbyes and repeatedly told us we made the right decision...made me feel a bit better.
There are good and bad vets out there, I've worked for a few practices.
One clinic I told outright that if my dog was hit by a car in their parking lot, I would pick her up (this was my old greyhound) and drive her to another clinic.
I only worked there for 3 months.
The other vets I've worked for have been great and fair people. The doctor I work for now definitely does not get his education through drug reps or food reps...in fact he blows them both off and refuses to meet with them, and just orders what we need as far as medical diets and medicines. He also refuses to advertise, believing that word of mouth is the best way to form a client base. He doesn't do any of that promotional coupon crap either, I hate that.
He tries to be fair, he doesn't charge more than he has to for services...which I resent sometimes, because we get a lot of trash calling and 'price checking' so they can take their pets in to the cheapest clinic. A lot of times they never pay their bill or even come back for the pet, so we've had to resort to getting ss #s and date of birth from EVERY client that walks in the door. We also stopped billing completely because I was sick of dealing with collections.
We are a one doctor practice and he really will work with what people can afford...he is also very upfront about costs and writing up quotes before he goes through with any procedures. Heck, he's had me call an owner during surgery because he found something or other and wanted to make sure it was alright to do it.
Sure I'm biased, I've known him for over 10 years (took my pets to him before I worked with him). He came out at 9pm on a Saturday and did a coggins test on my horse so I could get him the heck out of a very bad situation. He will do housecall euthanasias to make the whole process easier on the owners and pets. We picked up a cat off of the road that got hit by a car in front of our clinic and did emergency surgery to repair a collapse lung and fractured leg. When we got ahold of the owners they said they couldn't pay, but the little girl was crying so hard we just gave the cat back to them with no charge. He's done things like that in the past as well, as have I.
So not all vets are evil, but a damn fair few are, which is unfortunate.
Funny, everything you all have said happens here too. I have had the same experiences and trouble finding a great vet. In my long lifetime with spoos, I have found two. I am prepared to travel for miles and hours to a great vet. She wasnt a friend but is now. The only person who knows my spoos is me and I am the one responsible for their wellbeing. I am the one they trust to speak for them and I will go to all lengths necessary to ensure they get the right treatment.
The other issue I have here with vets is the "on call" system. Sometimes our on call vet can be up to two hours away and if we have a life or death situation, we are stuffed.