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    Today I took Roscoe to the vet for a sore front paw- he has been licking at it constantly for 3 days and its red and swollen. Background is that he is a rescue dog,6yrs of age, we have had him for 6 mths. We have never taken him to the vet before because:
    - he came from a shelter and vacinations/desexing was already done
    - we goto dog club every week so know lots of "dog" people and have not needed any vet advice,
    - we had a dog PTS 3 weeks before getting this dog so were well used to dogs and felt confident with his care

    anyway- todays vet visit left a really bad taste in my mouth. I am NEVER going back there. The vet spent the first 20 min of the consultation talking about his diet and why I should be feeding science diet (which of course- he sells). We feed raw/barf with added sachas blend and fish oils. The dog is very well fed and there is NO WAY I would put him on science diet. He told me that all bones are bad, that his teath will get too much tarter from eating soft meat etc etc.
    so, 20 min into consult and he has not even looked at the sore paw. When he does it is obvious the dog is in pain and not happy. He prescribs antibiotics/fungal skin wash for the paw/topical cream. Those plus consult come to $180. The consult fee of $56 is fine, however the other things were sold at such expensive prices- I have just looked them up at vet direct (where we get our flea/heartworm etc stuff from) and the same brands are half the price on there.

    I really feel like we walked into a shop and a salesman tried to sell us dog food we did not need, and other things at a hugely inflated price. I was expecting a caring professional. YUKKO- I feel quite bitter about it.
    I am a registered nurse at a large teaching hospital. I know how to look after a wound. I wanted him to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong or imbeded in the paw.
    I am NEVER going back there!

    OK- rant over.
    Last edited by sweetboy; 11-06-2010 at 10:18 PM.

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    I just remembered something else- we have a beagle which is prone to ear probs. So he tells me I should be cleaning his ears and I should use his fav ear cleaner. I say we already have dog ear cleaner. Then , after I have paid and we are leaving he says " I have ordered the ear cleaner for you, it will be here by Wed. You can pay for it when you pick it up". By this time I am desperate to leave- but I am calling them on Monday and cancelling the order- it was pressure selling!!

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    Oh how I hate it when they try to push dog food. Especially SD and Euk. I have done my research on dog food. I feed BARF and EP and both my vets are supportive of the whole bone thing. Wouldn't be going back there either.

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    That is really shocking treatment or lack of it by the vet.It is so silly anyway as it would just put people off from going there.

    We have just moved here and have found a really great vet though they could not help poor Daisy but were so caring and you could tell they loved animals and not just after your money like some I have been to.

    I hope your dogs paw is better.

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    I'll have to be careful here, so no names etc.. My previous rescue pug was blind. She came to me at 7 years of age and was only blind in one eye at that stage. Anyway, she had some trauma to the other eye so I had to take her to our local vet who performed surgery on her other eye and stuffed it up! I accepted it at the time because she was a senior and I was told the surgery was difficult etc... Anyway, move forward a couple of years and she requires surgery for luxating patella. This dog (despite her blindness) still acts like a puppy. Full of life, happy, healthy. Goes in for surgery and within a week, her ears have completely scabbed over (the whole ear area), her breathing has collapsed. She is experiencing lameness in her other legs. I ring the vets and tell them that something has gone catastrophically wrong and I am never given an explanation. Mind you, only one vet at that clinic ever had the decency to charge me half price for subsequent visits. The other vets charged me full price!!!!!!! She was put down 4 months after that surgery and I cried for days! The vet and nurse that came to my house to put her down (different surgery) could not explain the injuries. I now use their services and could not be happier. They were recommended to me because they service farms in the Dandenong Ranges and their main vet has a solid reputation. Initially I called them for a second opinion, but when they arrived at my house, they told me what I already knew, which was that it was no longer kind to be keeping my beautiful girl alive. They put her to sleep in my arms. Linda

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    I wish I could say I'm surpriced bit am not.
    I have work in a few vets & there are great ones but there seems to be getting more like what you just discribed than good ones.
    I have alpacas & first time I got the vet out he said sorry but what do you think is wrong as I have no idea about alpaca, talk about confidence sapping.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    Third time lucky-the current vet has been very nice to my animals. I think it won't hurt to ask around for a good vet in your area.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    Some vets are in it for money. We've has clients that come to us complaining about other vets.
    Case 1- $90 for the vet to take a 10 minute drive out to their horse property. $60 for 3 days worth of medicine.
    Case 2- $90 to have a rabbit PTS.

    You gotta find the right one.
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    old thread.

    there are good vets and bad vets. Some are good enough at little things but useless when it comes to serious stuff like surgery. It does pay to ask around your friends, find out who they go to, what they've had done and how it went. Same as with any doctor or tradesperson... word of mouth is your best advice.

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    wow how i missed that?
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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