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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-30-2008, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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If your vet had never heard of a Havanese before... would you find a new one?
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I have a very good vet who knew what havanese are BUT had not had much experience....we live in an area where they are becoming very popular...if this is a quality vet and you have great references and like him/her then I say no problem!

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I judge by how much the vet listens to you. My last vet was very holistic which I really liked. He would sit and listen to me as he only sees the dog for a few minutes. He also would give suggestions and not demands. Dora was his first havanese but his mother did raise maltese so he knew a lot about toy breeds.

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I would prefer a vet that knows Havanese, but I wouldn't dismiss a veterinarian for never having one before. Ask if the vet is familiar with other toy breeds and is willing to listen to information you have. You can find out things that are common problems with the breed and things to avoid and share that. Hopefully, your vet will be willing to discuss that with you. One of my veterinarians will even tell me why something isn't possible (why we should be able to use Frontline Plus without any reactions if we can use Frontline), but is willing to give me the info and let me investigate first before pushing me to do things.

Remember always, that you are the advocate for your dog. Your vet is providing a service. They can't pressure you into doing things that you don't want to do. (Well, they can, but it is your job to resist or go along with it.) If you have questions, you should be able to ask. If you don't feel something is right, you can stop it from happening. You are the paying client.
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I agree with Amanda - do they know toy breeds and do they listen to you are big factors. It's ideal if they know your breed but if you have a good relationship with your breeder she/he can help you liaise with your vet on breed particular issues.

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I don't think it is a bad thing if they come with lots of references and you can trust them. Our previous vet had dealt with the breed, but turned out they were overpriced and not even properly diagnosing the problems. We left them because of their poor customer service and their inability to properly diagnose and treat the problems our dogs were having. I was really let down by them especially since it cost so much after all the visits for the one problem. We switched vets to someone who was highly recommended and also had experience with the breed. The service was better, they treated us like family and our dogs like family, and actually properly treated the dogs (surprise, I know!). Carmen is my first dog ever, and Tito is my second dog, but first puppy, and they are essentially my kids and I want the best for them.

So follow your gut feeling, if you go on there and they know what they are doing and you like them, stick it out and see how it goes. They might be the best vet on the planet but you wont know unless you try. Don't do what I did and waste money on a vet that "had experience" but was not good to begin with. I would try to PM people who live near you and try to get a list of vets they recommend.

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My Vet knows about Havanese, but my pups are the only ones they see.
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I don't know how familiar my vet is with the specific problems a Hav might face, but they know dogs. I was going to my previous vet for about 15 yrs, but then his personality changed and I left. He also had too many turnovers of associates, so you always had to see someone different.

I was very happy with the vet I switched to, but it got to a point where I had to wait to see him. So, instead of always waiting, I starting using one of the other vets in the practice, Dr. Guzman. I really liked him a lot and he listened to my concerns about vaccinations, feeding, etc. So, when Dr. Guzman opened an practice within walking distance of my house, I left the other vet who was at least a 1/2 hr drive from my house. I really, really like Dr. Guzman.

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Our vet has never seen a havanese but we trust him so now when we come in he jokes that he is a havanese expert and he has gotten a few other clients in our area now.
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My vet doesn't have any other Havanese but I haven't ever heard of any others around here. Not that there couldn't be but I haven't met anyone here yet that knew about the breed when they ask what Stella is. But, he is a fantastic vet, has read up on the breed and listens to me. Stella adores him and I am very pleased with him.

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