With the new pup, of couse , I will be needing a Vet. The Vet I have used for years is getting up there in years, and I hear talk that he may be retiring. So -- the need for a new Vet for my new pup. I did call one Vet that was recommended to me last week for an appt. for this week(the breeder said to have a check up within 48-72 hrs), they told me that the earliest appt. available would be Wednesday, I took the appt. Picked the pup up Sat. - Sunday he sounds alittle congested to me. He has a slight cough and sometimes his nose is alittle bubbly(sp). I called this Vet this morning (Mon) and explained my concerns, they said they had no appts available, to keep my appt. for Wed. - If I wanted my pup to be seen sooner, to take him somewhere else. My old Vet would have seen him, if not today, tomorrow. Which Vet is more the norm? Are there any specifics in selecting a Vet, or does anybody have their own suggestions?
well there are good vets and bad vets, just like they are good car machanics and bad car mechanics. i personally look for workaholic, perfectionist type people. these people are sometimes hard to deal with person to person, but often do great work. now another thing, i look for is vets who have a "store" in there office. this screams one thing to me...greed. it is more of buisness than a passion to them. these are generalizations and are not right all the time. but the things i like in vets, are how good is the care, are they compassionate to the dog, and are they prompt. if moose has a minor aligment and they make me wait a day or two no problem, but will they take moose if he has something more severe or potetialy more severe, and how is the price, i am not cheap when it comes to my dogs but, but are there prices ridculous.
Good question. I have worked for numerous veterinarians in varying capacities throughout the years, not in the last 5 or 6 though. There is no hard and fast rule as to what makes a sound choice in my opinion. First impressions are just that...first impressions. Might catch him/her on the best day ever or the first day back to work after a hurricane ruined her vacation. They are just people too. Just some random thoughts...here goes.
The thing I look for the most(only my opinion) is the simple act of listening and hearing your thoughts, prior experience and "story". More along the lines of good bedside manner. Most vets are only as good as their staff/employees in my tainted view..LOL. Don't think I'd select a DVM, whose receptionist treated me like I was interrupting his lunch break. Obviously not the Doc's fault but an indirect reflection upon the hospital or clinic. Stories of bad experiences tend to travel a heck of a lot faster than the good ones oftentimes. I personally like Vets that make house calls too, not talking entirely about farm critters. Like vets that say they do not know and mean it, if they are unsure of a problem, question..etc!!. Could go on and on and would gladly if you need me to. Probably confused you. Confused myself...;). cheers. e
Well in my experience lately I had taken a pup to the local vet that I had always used but only needed for vaccinations. My boys have always been healthy. But this little guy has a few problems and was rejected by mom at 2 weeks. They told me I must put him to sleep and that he had brain damage along with being blind. Well after crying to all you guys (thanks for listening) I went to city for second opinion and found that he is only blind. So I am not saying that the local vets are bad just that they deal with large animals for the most part and when they were unsure they suggested pts. I would have rathered they told me we do not know his issues and suggest you take him to a vet more focused on small animal care. So needless to say I found an awesome vet that is mobile and that so much loves her job and the animals she treats. She charges $10 more to drive one hour and give me 1 full hour of her time with me and my baby. Also she checks them all out when she is here at no extra charge if they are healthy and do not require anything. So I will never use the vets in town again. I know that sounds mean but they are my babies and with my kids I even require a doctor that if he doesn't know then send me elsewhere don't just guess. Do now that I have rambled on I suggest you find one that caters to your animals needs. You would expect no less from your personal physician. Sorry to sound harsh just a little sour.
When I look for a new vet I try to find a hospital or vet who's accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA ) - http://www.healthypet.com/ -, the only organization that accredits animal hopsitals throughout the U.S. & Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals adhere to the highest-quality standards available, which helps ensure the best care for your pet and this is why I trust and go with AAHA accredited vet practices and vets.
let me just say that AAHA is not all its cracked up to be and should not be a deciding factor on whether an animal hospital is good or not.
i have worked for both AAHA accredited animal hospitals and ones that were not. All AAHA does when they come to inspect your hospital is make sure it is clean, make sure records are kept properly, make sure x ray machines are functioning properly and other equipemnt. they base their 2,3, or 4 year accreditations on how much fancy equipment you have. they in no way judge the competemcy of the veterinarians who own and practice in the hospital nor the techs or kennel staff or receptionists.
plus, AAHA costs to be a member. how many of you think they would fail you if you are paying them ?
the animal hospital i work in now is the first non AAHA accredited animal hopsital i have ever worked in. we are sooo busy that sometimes regrettably we have to turn people away because there are just not enough hours in a day to see everyone. we are clean, professional and use a lot of the most up to date equipment. something we regulate on our own and dont pay an organization so we can slap their little window pasty thing on our front door.
I can always get my cats or the dog into the vets if they need to be seen right away. My vet will squeeze you in somewhere. A few years ago when our Dalmation got really sick over Memorial Day weekend he even gave us his cell phone number and home number in case she got worse. (She was eventually dx'd with Lyme Disease). I look for a vet that not only gets along with the animals but also gets along with the owners.
The vet I choose/chose has to have a love for animals that is undeniable. One who honestly hears what you have to say about health and concerns. Will take your pet on a busy day if you feel it is necessary. Will accept a phone call from you if you have questions or concerns. My pets have to be happy to see the vet as well… I listen to them. Do they like the vet? [ my 3 will pull to get In the vets office to see the Doc. Always wagging and kissing… even after previous visits involving a major surgery and overnight stays] / because I do rescues my vet has to have compassion for that as well.
I've worked for both AAHA accredited and non-AAHA accredited and both of the vets were very good. One thing about both hospitals I worked for is we took drop offs. That way if there was a really sick animal we could find time to squeeze it in between appointments. The owner could leave their pet with us if they felt comfortable and that way they didn't have to spend the whole day waiting in a vets office to be seen, at least they could run errands and it allowed us to see more patients during the day. We would never turn away a really sick patient. The doctor I worked with was very compassionate, caring and spent a lot of time on his cases. Now that I've moved I'm not really happy with the vet situation here. They just sort of cure everything with a shot of penicillin (not literally always, but you know what I mean), give it a shot and out the door. No compassion. I guanantee I'll be driving three hours back to my old office for my dog's regular visits. Its really bad here though because there's not really anyone available on emergency. The closest is an hour away. Anyway, look for someone who'll spend time with you, answering questions and won't just try to rush you out the door.
Its been my experience that Veterinarians that don't give you all the options to treatments and such are not ok with me. A good vet will clearly explain what the problem is, discuss all treatment plans and with the owner make the final decision. The vet can make suggestions of course. I also don't like to be talked to like I'm an idiot or a child. I don't like it when a vet pussy foots around the real problem, and only is willing to treat symptoms and not the real problem. I like a vet who is comfortable sending me to a specialist, regardless if I look like I have tons of money or not. I don't like to be judged based on say what I'm wearing. The front staff should be calm, easy going and freindly.
First if the pup was congested the lady should have taken him to the vet.
Beyond that, at a clinic you get dozens of calls every day for 'emergencies' and some clinics are overbooked. Squeezing one appointment in, espcally one you have not seen before, can push everything and everyone with appointments back over an hour. And no, people do not understand.
My own clinic has 6 employees and one doctor. We are totaly overwhemed some days and we have to turn people away. Current clients do have priority, we don't talk walk ins if we can help it and there are 24 hour emergncy hospitals we will refrence people to becuase someone we can't handle the sheer load of emergencies and simple "my dog is itching" turns into a full body bacterial infection or something horrible that takes forever to deal with.
If your pup is just congested we'd probably tell you keep your wendsday appointment as well and go from tehre if it got worse or better. I have people that call the moment their dog sneezes and wants to be rushed in on an emergency baisis.
Yes, we love our pets, but the clinic can only handle so much. And fairness is a fact, its not fair to ask someone who has an appointment to wait another hour and a half.
I ticked off a ton of people last weekend becuase our nearest appointment was two weeks out and they where going on vacation in two days and wanted vaccines. Its not that easy to just slide even something minor in.