Originally Posted by revolutionrocknroll
So I'm wondering now: should I continue going to this clinic and just ask to switch vets? Should I go to a different clinic all together? I have social anxiety so I would like to do whatever would be the least offensive and avoid confrontation. I'm not sure the best way to switch vets without doing that; is it normal enough for people to switch vets that the current vet/clinic wouldn't be offended?. I've been looking at some but there are so many choices and they all have good reviews online so I'm not sure how to choose the best. I want to take Delilah to the vet to talk about some non-serious health concerns but I have to figure out which one I want to take her to first.
Here's what I would do, were I in your situation. And I also want to mention that while I don't have social anxiety, I absolutely hate confrontation and avoid it at all costs.
First off, I would absolutely switch vets. Not just vets, but actual clinics. Some vets are more dog people, some vets are more cat people, and then you have the magical vet who doesn't seem to have a preference, ha, but if the vet you saw who didn't understand how to approach Delilah was more of a "cat" vet, then I would give them a pass and find the "dog" vet at the place, BUT if they administer medication without first going over it with me then that's where I draw a line.
I'm in the process of changing vets as well. I live about 2min away from one that has excellent hours and operate on a walk-in basis, but they have horrible customer service, the vets I know aren't incompetent but I think due to the stress of never knowing what's coming in ever since they don't take appts they sometimes miss things or don't always operate in full "vet" mode. I'm going back to my original vet that is 15min away and harder to get appointments but have an amazing staff both vets and techs.
And here is where I can give some advise for the social anxiety part... don't worry about it. First look to see if they have an email contact, then email them to ask if they can email a copy of Delilah's records as you prefer to keep them electronically. Then you can forward them to the new clinic that you choose. If they don't have an email address you can call and say the same thing. They should be able to accommodate that.