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    Lady has a very small growth in her mouth on her gum, my vet told me what I thought they would tell me 'it could be something, but it could be nothing, we could take a sample and do some testing though'. $400.
    I took her to the vet I work at and was assured by all 3 vets at the clinic its nothing to worry about.
    It got me thinking, if I hadn't asked my co-workers, I would have spent the $400 on something they were 97% sure was nothing.
    Just wondering how much you trust your vet and would you ever go somewhere else for a second opinion?
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    Our Greyhound vet has great knowledge and I trust him. He has been great with our grey.
    Our reg vet had no idea.
    I still take our jack russell to our reg vet for annual shots and check ups, but if it was something out of the ordinary I would query it and get a second opinion.

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    TBH- I really avoid the vet unless things are dire or for a trauma/accident. I am a registered nurse (of course dogs are different to humans) but I dont anxious re health much. I took Rocoes stitches out myself instead of returning to the vet etc etc.
    I think if their was a major diagnosis I would seek a second opinion, however every vet visit costs so I would think about it for something like the OP.

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    I trust our family vet of 12 years implicitly. He is extremely gentle and kind when he handles my (very difficult, fear-aggro) dog. However, I am also a nurse, and while I value the opinions of the 5 vets I work with, there are only three whom I trust. I like to get a second opinion, but only if there is something wrong that I myself can't identify--not often because I have worked with dogs for years and can recognise quite a bit by now.

    I wouldn't rush my dogs to they vet if they skipped a meal or it seemed to be just general malaise. The vitals that go along with it (eye and joint response, gums, temp, compression of the flanks etc) would have to be unusual for me to seek any vet.


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    Sweetboy and Sierra, im the same. I only take the dogs if I feel they genuinly need it.
    But a growth can be something, hence why I thought Id rather ask rather then risk it.
    The last 3 times Lady has been to the vet is for her mouth growth, an abcess in her face after being attacked by a dog and for her shots.
    Roly last went for his shots end of last year and to get teeth removed 3 years ago. I can't remember anytime before that besides vaccinations.
    Sierra, im sure you can agree, you wouldn't believe how many people come in and leave dissapointed that there was nothing wrong with their pet, but still have a bill.
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    I changed two vet clinics within last two years.
    The first one was close to home but very higher price tag with $30.00 or more for the annual check up but their service was good except you have different vets all the time.
    The second one-he did not look all confident and most of all I did not feel that he was doing right. For instance when you go to annual check up for cat or dogs, you expect your vet at least weigh the weight of you pets and look at ears etc. He did not do that. At the end of consultation I had to ask for the certificate as well. The price was not that reasonable either, The current vet has been lovely and consultation fees are reasonable. Third time lucky!!!!
    Myf7, to answer to your question, my pets have not experienced seriously illness as they are quite young but I will get the second opinion for serious illness. The only problem with getting second opinion is also involved with fees. I think it is always a good idea to be involved with people via forum like this and get some information
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    Our vet is one of the best diagnostic vets in the state, if he says we need to run tests, I trust him on that.
    If he says not to worry, keep an eye on it, I trust him there too.
    He wouldn't do tests just to get the money, he's not like that. Our emergency vet (different clinic) is the same. When my pup got bitten by an unknown bug I called them and they could have easily gotten a couple of hundred dollars for a call out fee, but instead they just told me to keep an eye on him.

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    CL, which state are you in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Sweetboy and Sierra, im the same. I only take the dogs if I feel they genuinly need it.
    But a growth can be something, hence why I thought Id rather ask rather then risk it.
    The last 3 times Lady has been to the vet is for her mouth growth, an abcess in her face after being attacked by a dog and for her shots.
    Roly last went for his shots end of last year and to get teeth removed 3 years ago. I can't remember anytime before that besides vaccinations.
    Sierra, im sure you can agree, you wouldn't believe how many people come in and leave dissapointed that there was nothing wrong with their pet, but still have a bill.
    Lumps and growths are so common on dogs (esp. staffies, boxers and other bull breeds) that I, too, think there is always a risk associated with it. Definitely better safe than sorry, aussiemyf!

    Man, you're telling me, lmao. I was checking a client file today for a 1 year old Westie...consult after consult after consult for her supposedly weeing in a different spot, and not staying still while she was pooping, etc etc etc.


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    I've had dogs now for ummmm 28 years (feeling old now) during that time I've seen quite a few diff vets for various reasons, but always come back to mine... he always tells me straight to the point, and doesnt treat me like a fool... he is however probably the most expensive vet around...lol... hence I just signed Fonz up for pet insurance, its the first time I've ever done it, so hope it's worth the $$.. to answer your question I trust my vet, however if I wasnt happy with the answer I would def seek another opinion..

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