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Old 01-27-2016, 05:56 PM
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Searching vets in UK what to ask?

So mum has found us a place to live! and i am looking up vets i came across this one Rowcliffe House Vets in Penrith as looks to be closest to walk to. Id like to ask them questions you know be prepared to ask them questions only what you would ask them exactly? considering Jessie is raw fed and has problems long list of them on kibble how do you exactly ask if they use positive reinforcement techniques with your dogs if you need to leave them there for whatever reason so Jessie wont be traumatised like at the first vet she went to.

I wont register her there yet till ive walked in and asked the questions but i like to be prepared in advance. Also i can ring them from NZ if need be to get a feel if friendly before i do go in with her.
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can you ask them if you could volunteer for a week cleaning cages and doing any other general tasks? I think that would be the best way to get a feel of the place.

if not, ask things that pertain to Jessie specifically. you can say she has had a bad experience previously and want info on what kind of restraint they use, and how they handle a fearful dog. id also ask what they recommend for annual preventative care.
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Also of value is talking to neighbors about what Vet they take their animals to and their experiences over time. That's actually how we found the Vet we take Samantha to, several neighbors take their dogs to this Vet and spoke very highly of him. over the years we have taken Samantha there, we too have become very comfortable with him taking care medically of her.
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can you ask them if you could volunteer for a week cleaning cages and doing any other general tasks? I think that would be the best way to get a feel of the place.

if not, ask things that pertain to Jessie specifically. you can say she has had a bad experience previously and want info on what kind of restraint they use, and how they handle a fearful dog. id also ask what they recommend for annual preventative care.
I Would love to vounteer if it werent for cat allergy as well as some dogs. i have sent a message to thier facebook page with the following:

Hi there im moving from new Zealand to Penrith early may with my dog shih tzu x Australian terrier Jessie. I have multiple disabilities and Jessie herself is special needs with her history.







I would like to consider your practice as it will be closest to us but need to know how youd deal with Jessie food allergies and intolerances. She can't have dry food exacerbates urine problems and skin issues especially as allergy to chicken. Due to that ive worked with our vet and we found via lab results she can't have veggies as causes her urine problems so due to that and skin she thrives on a raw diet novel proteins. I also need to know if and what restraining method you use ie positive reinforcement, crate .







I have an intellectual disability amongst suspected autism/aspergers and few more disabilities which impacts my understanding and reasoning. Jessie and I have had a horrible vet experience in the past so I do tend to ask questions to any potential new vet. Thanks Janine







10:15To give you fair idea of Jessie medical history was uti ,cystitis, anal gland problems had them flushed a few times emptied every seven to ten days before removal. Strutive crystals, urine pH too high. Skin inflammation. Patella luxattion at ten months old went back in last Feb. Problems with worming tablets making her ill with vomiting. Food allergies and intolerance. Found raw prey model diet stopped the crystals and urine problems skin heaps better just environmental allergies with skin inflammation now.







That's a short summary. The bad experience vet was very rude sent her home sedated I had to walk her home wobbly from flushing anal glands. Wouldn't believe me it was food causing problems even though followed every instruction seriously. Slammed hand down in front of us both and yelled at me and jess. I got her out of there and went in search of new vet who been with for two years. Was awful experience at the first vet and want to have only good experiences. She bit nervous but doesn't bite and no need to muzzle unless nail clip. She wants to get out ASAP but good with examinations and passed canine good citizen foundation in new Zealand. She very lovely sensitive dog who needs positive reinforcement and patient understanding vets. Jessie is my world and daily support very soft loving fun dog. Jessie arrives 29th April and I arrive 2nd may. Happy to come in to see if will be right practice and so can meet her and myself once I get there.







14:34Her allergies and problems are under control now I forgot to add sorry

hopefully now they seentodays messages i will get a good reply.







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Also of value is talking to neighbors about what Vet they take their animals to and their experiences over time. That's actually how we found the Vet we take Samantha to, several neighbors take their dogs to this Vet and spoke very highly of him. over the years we have taken Samantha there, we too have become very comfortable with him taking care medically of her.
Yeah i will be doing that but i cant till may when i get there maybe i can ask mum to ask the landlord to ask the tenant what vet they use for their collie dog? now i know the address where going to live easier to research vets. see only good reviews on facebook page and thier site.

the vet i go to now i had to walk in to get a feel he is quite hidden so its no wonder i missed his practise when i first got Jessie. Intrestingly lots of my parents friends recommended the first vet we went to and that turned out bad experience and others have been finding similar experiences to me
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So mum has found us a place to live! and i am looking up vets i came across this one Rowcliffe House Vets in Penrith as looks to be closest to walk to. Id like to ask them questions you know be prepared to ask them questions only what you would ask them exactly? considering Jessie is raw fed and has problems long list of them on kibble how do you exactly ask if they use positive reinforcement techniques with your dogs if you need to leave them there for whatever reason so Jessie wont be traumatised like at the first vet she went to.

I wont register her there yet till ive walked in and asked the questions but i like to be prepared in advance. Also i can ring them from NZ if need be to get a feel if friendly before i do go in with her.
Is positive reinforcement / positive punishment really a thing with vets? Aren't you usually with your pet when they're seeing a vet? I've only ever left a dog alone at the vet while they're fully sedated.
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Is positive reinforcement / positive punishment really a thing with vets? Aren't you usually with your pet when they're seeing a vet? I've only ever left a dog alone at the vet while they're fully sedated.
some vets dont allow you to be there for example wtih the first vet wasnt allowd to be present for urine tests, blood tests, wasnt allowed to see her after spay till pick up, they made me walk home with a sedated dog who was wobbly and trust me i was at my parents place its hard to walk and carry a dog up that massive hill.

Yes because the first vet was very into domiance and the way she got treated was awful they would even tie dogs up on a chain after surgery and not crate them (which id prefer) there wasnt any comfy place for them but a hard floor after surgery( witnessed this)

If a vet has a dominace based theory it scares me and jessie would get scared of vets for good
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If a vet told me I couldn't be present for a blood test I would find another vet.

Every vet I've been to has asked me to reassure the dog when they're drawing blood. Vets aren't dog trainers and most aren't interested in being ones.
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If a vet told me I couldn't be present for a blood test I would find another vet.

Every vet I've been to has asked me to reassure the dog when they're drawing blood. Vets aren't dog trainers and most aren't interested in being ones.
yeah i know that now but not at the time when it happened. anyways got a reply to my messages at last happy with response and hopefully go with them, theres another vet swift wnad frames i think they called but they vaccinate yearly which off putting tbh

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Hi there Janine, sorry it has taken us so long to get back to you - the person who normally looks after the Facebook page has been on holiday!

Thank you for getting in touch with us and considering us as your new practice. You are more than welcome to come and visit us when you arrive in the UK and to meet our staff - I'm sure you will find we're a very friendly bunch!

We do our absolute best to ensure that we can accommodate all of our clients and their pets. When we register a new client with us, we contact their previous vet practice and request that the animal's medical history be sent to us. This means that before you visit, we can have a read through their notes and get an idea of any diagnostics you have had in the past, any medications they are currently taking and any extra information that is worth knowing. I think in your case it would be especially important to do this, due to Jessie's comprehensive history!

I think you will find that our vets and nurses are all very patient, understanding people. We tailor the way we handle each and every animal to their individual needs, and only use restraint (such as a muzzle) where necessary.

I hope this has answered your questions, do feel free to contact us if you have any more.

Thanks very much and I hope to meet you soon.


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Hi dani thanks for getting back to me and no worries very happy with your reply. Jessie doesn't need muzzle thankfully might with nail trim as foot phobia and unless she likes the person doesn't let you cut them! I actually have her history on my computer and in a folder if you like me to email it? Re vaccines what's the norm? Vaccinate yearly for kennel cough but every two to three years for rest now done research on vaccines. Believe UK does titre testing to check level vaccine which id love to try. How much are vaccines and normal fee for appointments?
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Aw, they sound nice. I'd definitely put them high up on the list!

Around here, a good, kind, qualified vet isn't the easiest thing to find - and I live in a town with a vet school! There are a few vets I've seen as a client over the years that I never have cared for, and now I work in an office that coordinates veterinary school reunion conferences and continuing education events so I've gotten to talk to many of them in a different capacity as well and many (not all, but most) of them are equally as rude in that setting. I have to say, it's kind of soured me.

But this woman sounds lovely - lots of personality.
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Aw, they sound nice. I'd definitely put them high up on the list!

Around here, a good, kind, qualified vet isn't the easiest thing to find - and I live in a town with a vet school! There are a few vets I've seen as a client over the years that I never have cared for, and now I work in an office that coordinates veterinary school reunion conferences and continuing education events so I've gotten to talk to many of them in a different capacity as well and many (not all, but most) of them are equally as rude in that setting. I have to say, it's kind of soured me.

But this woman sounds lovely - lots of personality.
Yes they are high up on my list im going to ask swift and frames questions and see what they come back with. more the same just copy and paste what sent to rowcliffe house vets but so far i feel they are going to be great
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