Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I know I've said this before, but I use multiple veterinary offices. Each one seems to be better at certain things.
My "show" veterinarian is farther away (20 min) and comes from a show & breeding background and would never dream of trimming hair for a non-emergency procedure, is knowledgable on what I am looking for in conformation (not breed specific, but...) and in reproductive needs. They are always quick to refer me to specialists if I ask, and the whole staff is friendly and knows me by name. They also give all of my dogs extra special treatment, and everyone there has come to love Havanese from my dogs visiting over the years. However, they are nearly double the cost of my "pet" vet around the corner from my house. I have also had a lot of trouble getting in for appointments at convenient times.
I use my "pet" vet, as I fondly like to call them for some basic routine care like health certificates, rabies shots, and recently took a chance and contacted her to do a puppy exam. She was soooo thorough, so sweet and I found out that she's a Dr. Dodd's protocol follower, so she hooked me with my puppy exams now. They will also look up things for me, like blood draws for STD testing, and will do it on site, and they will see me on Saturdays or Sundays too. They don't remember my name, and none of the front staff can remember what a Havanese is (ha ha!), but the veterinarians are all very caring, so sweet to the dogs, and thorough. It always seems to take an additional 30 minutes to check out too, which can drive me crazy sometimes. I ran in on Sunday morning for what I thought was an emergency, and after a very thorough exam, and diagnosis, he told me it was free of charge. Seriously, who does that nowadays?
I've had a lot of veterinary business to give this year, with all of my travel (health certificates), blood draws, puppy exams, vaccine updates and now a (non-)emergency. My pet vet has responded so well to everything I've needed this year, that I'm inclined to keep giving them the bulk of my business.
So, yes. I'm comfortable with certain things. I'm not so sure I'd take any of my dogs to my pet vet for surgery, but I won't rule it out. They've proven themselves to be excellent for everything else so far!
It is impossible for you to know as much as the veterinarian does (and maybe even the staff), but you are the advocate for your dog, so demand (nicely, of course) respectful behavior and take your business if you aren't getting it.