What makes an ideal vet?

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What makes an ideal vet?

Postby tiva » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:57 pm

Hi-
What's your list of things that make an excellent vet clinic? I keep reading on this list about some things vets do, and I realize how lucky we must be with our vets. Here are some things that I want in a vet:
-if your dog is in pain, they see her that day--no "wait two days to check for a UTI even though your dog is hurting"
-they have an emergency call service, 24 hours a day, and only charge a small extra surcharge
-they will talk with you on the phone to discuss whether your pup needs to come in, or whether home care is fine
-they are sweet with your dog and take the time to reassure her
-when you move 45 minutes away and want to go to a closer small town vet for ordinary wellness care, they're happy to keep seeing your dogs for emergency and complex care
-they are smart, keep up with current research, and recommend useful procedures
-they don't push overwhelming end-of-life interventions unless you want them
-they'll come to your house for euthanasia when it's time
-they charge a very reasonable amount
-they do a lot of lab work in-house, so you don't have to wait around to find out if your poor dog has cancer
-even when they come in at 3 am to do exploratory surgery on your silly dog who ate a toothpick and is bleeding to death internally, they're calm, upbeat, competent, and save the dog's life without making a huge fuss about it

Any other things to add? (I just realized I should send a nice thank-you note to my vets--when I write all this down, I realize they really are great)

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Postby msvette2u » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:53 pm

Our vets will get down on the floor with dogs like 'polee, or bigger dogs - they often kiss the dogs on the nose. I love that.
It's not necessary but one more thing that shows me they really love dogs :)

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Postby CSilverman89 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:18 am

Those things are all on my list as well; the only thing I can add this moment is patenice with me while I'm asking questions.

I love that they take time out of their day for me to explain exactly how a procedure will go, what the medicine hopes to accomplish, etc.

That's just topping on the cake. I havn't found the perfect Vet yet (like one who meets those requirments in your list), but I'll keep looking.

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Postby Amie » Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:51 am

Of your list, my vet doesn't do emergency work (that is, she doesn't offer off hours work, she can't - she's the only vet most of the time, and she needs to keep her regular hours) and I don't know if she'd come out for a euth.

But the additional thing her office does is call you within 24 hours of any visit to see if you understood everything that happened, see how the animal is doing, and see if you have any new questions. I LOVE that, since so many times you get in the office and you're worried about how your pet is behaving and you forget an obvious question.

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Postby Red Chrome » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:40 am

I personally want a vet that has breed experience with the breed I own. Can do OFA certs. Is reputable. Reasonable. Understanding. Patient to a point. The ability to do X-rays, GOOD x-rays the first time. knowledgable staff.

I have all of that in my current vet. I've been seeing him the last 10 or so years. He is my training directors brother in law as well. He is a great vet and I have no idea where I'll go if he retires. I'll ask him for a recommendation and see how it goes.

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Postby WackyJacki » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:45 am

I have yet to find a vet I'm really happy with, but the one we see now is pretty good.

I agree with all of the above criteria.

My biggest one is staying up-to-date with the latest research.

For example, my current vet chastised us for having opted out of giving Fiona a Distemper/Parvo combo for the last 2yrs. He recommends vaccinating every year. However, the AVMA has changed that protocol.

Taken from the AVMA website:

"Veterinarians have traditionally vaccinated annually; however, they are now learning that some vaccines induce immunity that lasts less than one year, whereas others may induce immunity that lasts well beyond one year. The AVMA recommends that veterinarians customize vaccination programs to the needs of their patients. More than one vaccination program may be effective."

My vet also told me my dog could get HW in the middle of December <eye>. Rigggght, because there are tons of mosquitoes when it's 20 degrees outside.....

My other big issue is the lack of understanding about nutrition, and when they start pushing their SD on us :po: And look at me like I'm a psychotic dog killer for feeding raw (even though my dogs are in fantastic health and look better then ever).

I would also like more vets to be educated on some alternative treatments instead of always pumping our dogs full of drugs.

Rant over lol

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Postby julie64 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:53 am

I would also like more vets to be educated on some alternative treatments instead of always pumping our dogs full of drugs.


This is one of the reasons I love my vet. I also have his home phone number for any emergency with Shay. The day my vet decides to retire I am going to be so lost without him.

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Postby InBearsMemory » Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:17 pm

There are very few things that I personally look for in a vet and have very little to do with how they do their job. They went to school for their profession and not me, so really who am I to judge what they know and don't know. Having said that these are some of the things:

Professionalism - which in my opinion means not to be judgemental towards either my breed of choice or my person

Don't prescribe my dog something before actually diagnosing what the problem is. This is actually my main beef with most vets.

Don't try to sell me your overpriced McDonald's type dog food because you recommend it.

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Postby FBODGRL » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:32 pm

I love my vets office. The absolutely all love Khan. He is so excited when he gets to go to the vet lol

My vet refers off hour emergency stuff to a different clinic. Which is fine by me.

They ALWAYS get fit me in if something happens. Khan is famous for cracking nails and having to go in at the last minute. I actually showed up in their lobby before they even started answering phones one morning because Khan was puking everywhere!

They keep up to date on new things. One of the vets goes to confrences for alternative medicine. They know quite a bit about nutrition.

They do lab work in house so I get results that day.

Their prices are reasonable, but not low by any means. I do wish they would offer a multi-pet discount

1 vet is not very personable and I usually only see her if she is the only one available. She is very knowledgable though and the last couple times it seems she was making more of an effort to have a better bedside manner. The other vet is really good and who I normally see. I am disappointed because the vet I LOVED no longer sees anyone at my clinic, only another clinic they own like an hour or more away.

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Postby FBODGRL » Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:35 pm

Forgot one thing.....

The office is great about Khan's DA/reactivness. They have brought him out the back door a couple times for me because the lobby was full of other dogs and I didn't want him acting like an ass!

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Postby Savage Destiny » Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:09 pm

My vet does most things that you listed, except for the emergency stuff. He's a holistic vet, and aside from the non-emergency hours, the only downside is that his clinic does not have anywhere to perform surgeries, so I have to go to a different vet. He did, however, neuter my kitten for me, since it was a small enough procedure to do in-house. He doesn't usually do them, but he made an exception for me, and even let me stay and watch. :thumbsup:

I can't list all the reasons I love my vet. He's extremely knowledgeable, and keeps up do date on both homeopathic remedies and western medicine. He takes time to answer any questions I have, explains exactly why he thinks a certain treatment is the best course, explains how each remedy will interact with her body, heck he's even given me books to borrow. He gets down on the floor with the animals and they just adore him- Riddle gets crazed with excitement when I say "Dr. Steve" and he's the only vet my oldest cat Monstee hasn't tried to kill. And he will never overcharge me or sell me unnecessary items, plus he's always willing to talk on the phone about issues if he thinks I can treat at home.

In short... I LOVE MY VET!

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Postby nena103102 » Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:35 pm

I chose our vet at first because it was close by, and I had herd (from the lady I got Scarlett from) that he's very bully friendly, also because, at the time, I called around to compare prices and his was one of the lowest in my area. We went in and I'm SOO glad I chose him, not only is he a MAJOR bully love, he has experience with bull terriers (he's owned several himself) so that, for me was the closing deal. When I brought Scarlett in the reception staff was excellent, they explained everything they do for me in detail, and he has no problems getting down on the ground and playing with the girls :)

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Jun 14, 2009 7:35 am

I agree with all of the above except the emergency stuff... IF you have an emergency vet in the area. And emergencies are the only thing I expect to charge an exorbitant amount for... my time with my family and my own pets is precious... and putting 3 other patients on hold while I stabilize a hit-by-car should cost something extra...

If you want me to do a good job on your daytime surgeries, you better hope I wasn't doing surgery at 2am on something else. Emergency vets make everyones life better, safer, and happier. A vet SHOULD be willing to see your dog at 5:50 even if they close at 6 though... but please don't watch your dog vomit all day and then call at 5:45...

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Postby El_EmDubya » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:20 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:I agree with all of the above except the emergency stuff... IF you have an emergency vet in the area. And emergencies are the only thing I expect to charge an exorbitant amount for... my time with my family and my own pets is precious... and putting 3 other patients on hold while I stabilize a hit-by-car should cost something extra...

If you want me to do a good job on your daytime surgeries, you better hope I wasn't doing surgery at 2am on something else. Emergency vets make everyones life better, safer, and happier. A vet SHOULD be willing to see your dog at 5:50 even if they close at 6 though... but please don't watch your dog vomit all day and then call at 5:45...


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Postby Jazzy » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:57 am

There are lots of things I would like to have in a veterinary practice becauase it would make my life easier ; but there are only 2 things I have to have.

1. They have to really, really love my dog and treat her well, gently, respectfully.

2. They have to involve me in her care; meaning not "tell me what we are going to do in any given situation" but answer my questions, give me options, talk to me about pros/cons, work with me if I do my own research, want to see a specialist or get a second opinion, and acknowledge that treating my dog means they are in a partnership with me - and while at times I will choose to defer to their expertise on a given subject; other times I will disagree and if that disagreement is based on verified research - than I expect my opinion/decision to be respected.

I don't mind having to go outside of the practice for specialty services and emergency care.


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