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Old 03-29-2016, 08:01 AM
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@Aspen726 - thank you! I got a reply last night and will reply to them again this morning. The woman who emailed me was very helpful. They have two vets that are more skilled with behavioral cases and are willing to do a meet and greet and/or give him a mild sedation if necessary (I know it's not ideal but I do think it will be necessary). They also encourage happy visits ... I don't think it's something he's ready for right now but would love to partake in the future if possible.

I'm feeling good. They also have 'longer' appointments for dogs that may need more time, accept pet insurance (don't have it but think it would be a good idea), etc.

They asked a lot of questions in the email so I'll answer those and see. I really think it would be a good idea to take him in for a wellness check, both because a checkup never hurts and he's also had a bit of an upset tummy as of late.

In any case, they do seem responsive and caring so it's worth a shot.
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Oh good! I'm so happy to hear that it seems positive!
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Thanks, I'm optimistic as well.

Just sent her a second message. In the first one she was very pro-meet and greet and happy visits. I think those are good things, I just think they are outside the realm of what Chisum can handle, so I was sure to let her know a bit more about his history and ask her what to do if he does have a meltdown or if there was a private place to be or if she just wants to do a mild sedation (as we had to do at the last vet). We're not talking "sensitive" here, we're talking panic attack.

I'm actually kind of nervous - I've never done this before and I don't want to create animosity as my parents will of course still use our old vet for the other animals (I think) and she's been our vet for so long...but I do think something else would be better for Chisum. I think it's my own personal anxiety issues getting in the way.
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We found a vet that really does care for her patients, and actually listens and converses - and that's everything to me now. She'll call us periodically to check up on the dog, see how he's making out.

Do what is best for you and your dog.
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So, good news.

The vet finally asked for my phone number so we could speak on the phone. It took a few days, but she called today. She is incredibly nice, and very willing to work with Chisum. Since he's not due for anything, barring any health scares, we're going to take it slowly for now. She encouraged happy visits, but we're going to start with just getting to the parking lot, lots of treats, and then leaving. People watching a bit. Hopefully slowly work to getting out of the car, then I can call ahead and make sure she's there and she'll come out and meet him, even from a distance so he can see her while feeling safe or hear her voice.

Seriously, awesome. I think we've found our new vet.
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