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I'm looking for a new vet for Tori. She's not sick nor having any problems but, should something arise I don't currently have a vet I'm happy with. Her current one is at Banfield in a local Petsmart. I DO NOT like the way they do business which is why I'm looking for a different vet. I was given the name of one a friend uses. He was nice enough, but we did not see eye-to-eye regarding several things (raw food, vaccinations, use of meds vs. more holistic treatments, etc.) What I'd like from you all is suggestions for questions to ask a prospective vet in an "interview".

I will be making appointments to interview some local vets to find out where they stand regarding things like raw feeding, vaccinations/titers, their approach to treating non-emergency issues, etc. I'll ask if they're more prone to a "wait and see" or to prescribe meds right away or perhaps a more holistic treatment (I realize this is going to be based on what the symptoms are, but I'd like to know their "bend")

Any ideas and/or suggestions you may have will be much appreciated.

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Everything you said, and:

Are you familiar with Havanese? How many have you seen in your practice? Are you well versed in health problems common to the breed?

Are patients seen on time in your office?

Do you make housecalls?

Are you reachable after hours, and do you take your own emergencies?

If my dog requires a procedure that involves sedation, what is your policy regarding pet owners presence in "the back", and can I bring my dog in right before surgery and be allowed to be with him when he begins to wake up?

Will you write prescriptions for discretionary medicines like flea and tick controls, or must I buy directly from you?

Will I always see you, or will I see another vet, possibly a very junior vet, ever or often?

What diagnostic procedures are you able to do in your office, i.e., ultrasound, MRI, etc.?

If I ever reach an end of life situation where my dog would be euthanized, will you come to my home for this?

These are some of my big issues.

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Good suggestions that I wouldn't have thought of, Mojo's Mom.

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All based on scenarios I have been through.

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I like to go by people who've used the vets, and what their experience/opinions are. That's how I found my vet, who's great. I think you'd like him but it's too far from you as he's in Laguna Beach. Good luck on your quest.
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I like to go by people who've used the vets, and what their experience/opinions are. That's how I found my vet, who's great. I think you'd like him but it's too far from you as he's in Laguna Beach. Good luck on your quest.
That's always good, but sometimes we feel differently from our friends in regard to what we want in a vet.

My girlfriend and I have the same basic philosophies of what a vet should be, but we use different vets for a variety of reasons.

Leslie is obviously looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, and many vets will not be what she wants. I think interviewing is a great idea, and input from people you know can help steer you in the right direction and shorten the interview list.

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That's always good, but sometimes we feel differently from our friends in regard to what we want in a vet.

My girlfriend and I have the same basic philosophies of what a vet should be, but we use different vets for a variety of reasons.

Leslie is obviously looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, and many vets will not be what she wants. I think interviewing is a great idea, and input from people you know can help steer you in the right direction and shorten the interview list.
Exactly. I always feel better hearing what people's experiences with a particular vet are like, then I can match it up with what's important to me. Fortunately, I think this area has a lot of vets from which to choose and it's great, Leslie, that you're looking now before it's an urgent situation.

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Wow, Mojo's Mom! Those are some great questions I will definitely be adding to my list. Thank you!

I have asked some friends for their recommendations but, I've discovered a lot of them don't really like their vets either and just keep going to them because it's easier than trying to find another At least I know which ones to not interview

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I would go by word of mouth from friends or strangers who have small dogs....ask around...if you see someone walking their small dog...ask!

Interviewing a vet? Never heard of this one... now...., I would like to know more about a vet if I was a breeder....but, all those questions.....I think you might scare a vet away! Just my opinion...



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I think if you scare them away with your questions, you got your answer without spending any money! I have only found one vet my philosophies agreed with unfortunately. However the vet I have now, doesn't agree, sells crappy food, etc. but I think is the lesser of the evils- lol! He looks the other way about vaccinations and raw, is willing to indulge my questions/crazy thoughts, and is honest. I think he sees my pups are well taken care of even if it is his expert opinion that I should change the food, vaccinate them every year so he did share it but just agrees to disagree and not harass!

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