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  1. #11
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    my local vet is 80kms away. He is great. Boss loves him. Also i got chewy from there. They testes chewy for the common cat diseases and first needle for free, also gave me a huge discount for the second needle and desexing chewy.
    They send out reminder letters wen your pets are due for their yearly needles.

    Also my vet called us after we left murdoch vets with boss cos he recieved the report bout what happened. He was totally helpful, also told us that we could call him anytime if boss relaped.

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    We have 2 vet clinics in our area. We chose the one that looked more professional. I'm happy to stick with our decision as the 2 people we've seen so far have been wonderful and the vet assistants are all lovely.

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    We have 3 main clinics - two of them have two clinics and once is the furthest away from me.

    I used a vet that was close and recommended by others. Whilst the original vets were there it was fine. Once they left my dogs died due to incompetence, lack of expertise and lack of experience. I now use the one furthest away as they have a great reputation. It's a 20 min drive but that's fine. There is a vet around the corner if there is an emergency.

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    I use a vet practice that is quite close - walking distance and I got a lot of recommendations by local dog owners for it. There's quite a few vets there, so they can always check with each other if they're not sure. They don't do emergency or boarding however.

    So I go to another one for annual vaccinations and etc - the main vet there is President of my favourite dog club and belongs to another club I'm in. So that's handy for things like a quick medical question when we're both at the dog club and for "proof of vaccination". He also does after hours emergency and dog boarding - which is handy if dog is sick when you want to go on holidays. He only does boarding for "regulars". I think the accomodation is only ok for short stay or sick dogs (not enough room for a farm dog to exercise) but I have needed it.

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    My cats vet is 10 mins up the road and my Dogs vet is 40 mins. I use the same dog vet as my parents and I use the cat vet because at the moment it's only for routine things and they seem to be quite nice.

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    My nearest vet is 35kms away, so I tend to use that for routine stuff or emergencies. They are okay, but they seem to have a high turnover of vets, or maybe that it's a sub branch of the main vet which is another 10kms away. The staff are all nice, and competent, but it's frustrating not being able to build up a relationship with one or two vets. How I miss my old vets at Bexley who I adored, but now they are 2 hours away, so not practical to go to (though I did keep going there with my old girl until she passed away as they had all her records).

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    Our vet surgery is about 2 blocks away from us, so it means we always walk there for our appointments and we can also just "pop in" on our evening walks or on weekends and use the scales, ask a question, etc.

    Some friends take their dog there and they recommended the vet to us. I'm so glad they did - he's the lovliest man and the dogs adore him - they actually run in to his rooms when it's their turn and they hate it when they have to leave. Our appointments usually take about 5 mins to do what needs doing then he spends the next 15min chatting to us and offering advice and asking us questions. The nurses there are lovely too and are always happy to answer questions, no matter how stupid they are Although several of them have threatened to kidnapp my dogs... :P

    When we lived in Tassie we just went to the local vet as he's the only one in town.

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    The vet we mostly use were really helpful during Rex's tough times. We have also used one a bit closer due to him owning Staffies and fully understanding the breed. We have found there is a big difference in pricing though...the Staffy guy is a fair bit cheaper. A consultation with him costs $31 as for the other one which costs $58.

    If it is an orthopaedic or more extensive issue...I use the expensive one since my vet there specialises in Ortho issues and they have better facilities. If it is general Staffy issue...I use the cheap one.

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    I use one that is local...I changed vets when I had a major health issue with Tyson and my other vet refused to let me put it on my account...although it was all paid up and I had done this before. I could have found the money somewhere as it was an emergency. However when I spoke with the receptionist she blatantly told me..."If he dies, he dies...not our problem". I went on to say "well you have just lost a regular customer, now it is your problem" and hung up.

    The one I use now is great...they helped me when I had no money and Bailey was attacked at 1 week old. They have a photo of her up in their staff room as well a a long written thank you card.

    When I left there the other day after Mullys appointment...I received a text message from the vet nurse saying how sorry she was for my loss etc.

    I couldn't have asked for more I was so grateful..

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    I use a vet who is in a couple of suburbs away. There is only one vet there and he owns the business. He is a lovely man and he know his stuff. Price has always been good and he used to breed mastiffs (bordeaux).
    Ah the irony of this post, wasnt it just a few weeks ago i was being told by a member here that they only tell you you want to hear because your paying them.



    Judge the breed i had a similar thing happen years ago with a vet who was across the road from my workplace, my dog was sick and i asked them if i could pay the bill on my payday ( 2 days away) and they said no. I said to them what about the dog you know? He is a much loved living thing. They too said it was not thier problem. They saw me everyday these people due to our workplace location, i was shocked. Another vet sorted problem.
    The person who told me no from the vet across the road came into our shop one day and was wanting to buy a fridge and was pointing one out to me, asking for info.
    I rudely told her that even if she gave me 10,000 for the fridge i wouldnt sell her sht so she might as well get out the shop and leave. Her turn to be shocked. Point made!!

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