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Old 01-21-2016, 10:49 AM
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I have worked at a few different Vets and most of them take the dog out the back as most of them misbehave more with the owners there. I would be a little annoyed at the Vet giving the shots without asking first even if they were due.

The Vet I use sometimes is a "travelling Vet" so has a big rig like a huge motor home so you can go to them when they are parked in your area. Nowhere for them to take the dog to. Otherwise I use the local Vet and they know me well so have never taken the dog out back from the examination room.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:29 AM
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If my vet ever gave unauthorized vax(or any other meds outside an emergency) I'd tell them off, likely refuse to pay as I didn't give them the ok and find a new vet. Find a vet you are comfortable with.
I've had a bordetella vax given to my dog AFTER telling them not to beforehand. I politely said I am not paying, problem mostly solved.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:20 PM
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Thanks, everyone! We did end up switching vets, who did the cast himself. Pup is doing well, although a bit bummed out by the massive cast and the crate rest. I was really not keen on a vet "referring out" for a simple cast - I understand that occasionally animals have complex surgeries that are better done by specialists - but we weren't looking at surgery at all, so I am glad we found a vet who is more comfortable practicing a wider scope of medicine.

I can't help but find it just a teensy bit funny that there is even such a thing as a veterinary "specialist."

Our new vet also noticed a mild ear infection (yeast), so we're treating for that. Our old vet's office was PISSED when we asked for a copy of the X-rays, but coming from a medical family - second opinions are the norm, and should not be taken personally.

Anyway, we sure have learned our lesson on this one. Thank you, again!
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I can't help but find it just a teensy bit funny that there is even such a thing as a veterinary "specialist."
There are many different types of specialist, like human doctors. My GSD, Nevada went to a specialist for her heart surgery when she was a pup and Vegas had panus diagnosed by an eye specialist. Though that time I already thought that was what it was, but I guess my vet wanted a second opinion because the treatment would have been completely different depending on what it was. But I would expect an vet to be able to do a simple cast. Glad you found one you trust, that is very important.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:28 PM
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Doing the Vax without telling you is what would concern me/make me mad
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Doing the Vax without telling you is what would concern me/make me mad
id be furious and i hope they had vaccination book handy........
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Our old vet's office was PISSED when we asked for a copy of the X-rays
Um... this would be a red flag to me. Second opinions are common. Why be concerned or even angry over releasing x-rays they should have shown you to begin with? What do they have to hide? Wow. Glad you switched.
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Old 02-12-2016, 01:44 AM
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Most of it sounds normal, except for the vaccine part. I would be furious that they did that without my permission.
That also seemed funny to me - but perhaps they had spoken about it earlier in the visit somehow that made the vet think they were on the same page? Can the OP clarify?
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If the vet makes you uncomfortable, try a different one.
I agree with this. Some vets, just like people doctors, have a poor bedside manner or are unprofessional, give negative vibes, whatever. Try to find a person you and your dog both like! Also the idea of them doing anything without asking your consent is a big red flag.

As far as getting the specialist involved, is it really necessary, who knows. The thing is if you don't trust the vet you are left to wonder. Good luck with everything in any rate, I hope it goes smoothly.

EDIT: I didn't see the second page, where it was revealed this had already been resolved. Glad to hear it came out alright!
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