Originally Posted by Jess23
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.
Originally Posted by Laco
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