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Old 03-28-2016, 09:17 AM
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When to switch vets?

Chisum had vaccinations in December, so barring illness he won't need to go back for awhile.

I've been increasingly unhappy with my current vet and the practice there, and her unhelpfulness with Chisum kind of put me over the edge. So I'm looking to switch.

I have a vet practice in mind. They have mixed reviews (all vets do I guess) but are AAHA accredited so that's a plus. I'm just not sure when to actually contact them, since he's not really "due" for anything and his vet history is a bit all over the place (current vet said he was fine behaviorally - he was sedated when she saw him - another vet said he'd need medication along with his behavioral training but I didn't care for her so we didn't continue). On top of that, while *I* think he could benefit hugely from meds I'm not sure the rest of the family agrees, and I do still live at home (funny, because I take anxiety meds myself).

Anyway. I'd really like to shoot them an email and see how they handle behavioral cases or if they refer out. Not just in terms of meds, but also regular office visits. I'm just not sure if it's appropriate since I don't necessarily have a need to bring him in now? Do you think they'd advise even if I'm not a current patient?
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:24 AM
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I would absolutely email them now. I would start the process of switching and maybe go in for a 'meet and greet' visit. If something stands out that you don't like, you still have more time to look around. If you find a vet that you like now, god forbid if something happens before his next visit, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are bringing him to a vet that shares your values.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:14 AM
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Thanks, that's good advice. Chisum doesn't do meet and greets well but it's a good thing to outline in an initial email for sure. I do know they have a separate entrance for dogs that don't do so well, so maybe they have other suggestions as well.

I will definitely shoot them an email today and see what they say
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:01 PM
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I'll only go with a holistic vet. If they don't believe in it or try to sell a lot of products, then I would/will not go there.
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I sent a brief email letting them know of his behavioral issues and asking them if they had experience/could handle it or would advise something else. I guess I will just see what they say.
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Your Vet is actually your partner maintaining your dogs health. Like any partnership, if its not working, or is uncomfortable, its time to change.
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When you get on an internet forum and ask if you should be switching, it's time to switch. When you have to start researching to verify that your vet is right or wrong, it's time to switch.

Took us 3 years and 6 vets to finally get a diagnosis of hypothyroidism for our dog - and he went through heck during that time. Finally went with a holistic DVM, and we won't ever look at strict western vets again. Most vets are NOT open minded, they may spend 10 minutes with your dog every few months - but when they don't listen to what the owner has to say - then it's time to go.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:52 PM
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Thank you. I always did like my old vet - my family used her for 20+ years. Her practice was getting worse.....inability to schedule timely appointments and a loooooong wait (often over 30 minutes) even if you did have an appointment. But when asking questions about my clearly fearful, higher needs dog she wasn't helpful at all. Said he was just being protective, which is so far from the truth it's not funny. Even refused to do bloodwork.

I don't think we have any holistic vets in the area, but we do have a good vet school so no shortage of vets. I also work for a conference planning office that plans several CE events for vets so I know who attends them all AND is kind on the phone (my vet doesn't attend any). If this one doesn't work out I'll email somewhere else.

This place does do in house lab work and has an in house pharmacy, which is appealing too.
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This place does do in house lab work and has an in house pharmacy, which is appealing too.
I wouldn't use either personally. All blood work from now on gets sent to an outside lab, too many in-house results were skewed. Regular pharmacy will have better selection, i'll take the script elsewhere. We learned the hard way that the vets' generic thyroid med did him no good.

Our little guy was on a downward spiral for 3 years, he was going bald, scratching and itching, chewing himself up. When he started taking what looked like mild seizures and getting fearful, that's when I realized he had issue with thyroid. From now on, his blood goes to hemopet.
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@PoppyKenna - let us know what the new prospective vet says. I'd like to hear their initial response and how you feel once you go
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