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Old 10-28-2016, 07:57 PM
Location: North Idaho
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I just found the most marvelous veterinarian, and darn it, wouldn't you know he is semi-retired and just does vaccinations 3 days a week, plus a few simple procedures, and he runs a low cost spay neuter program.

That sort of old fashioned vet doesn't seem to be available any more. There was no dog food for sale, no collars, no toys, no attempt to talk me into extra services and expensive tests. The vet had no concern except for what was best for the dog. The dogs got the most thorough and careful examination and didn't even feel their vacinations because the vet was so gentle with them.

My guys liked him. Pensive was so upset by her last vet visit that she got car sick. She was almost panicked when we walked into the office, but after the vet saw her, she was puttering around happily exploring. He even dug deep into her ears and then examined a bit of ear wax under a microscope, looking for ear mites.

The Genuine Little Princess, who can't tolerate strangers, calmly allowed him to poke and prod and even open her mouth and pinch her gums, checking her teeth.

I got interviewed about their behavior and advised about future possible problems to be on guard about for The Genuine Little Princess, who is getting quite elderly.

I haven't had a vet like this one for many years. I sure wish he could be my full time vet.
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Old 10-29-2016, 03:03 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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sounds like a gem. I agree-good vets are rare, although I don't mind the food/toy/collar sales.

wonder if he'd recommend a vet? That might be a good thing.
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:43 PM
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My last vet was like this. Just retired this past year - he's in his 70's. He remembers when being a vet meant being on call 24/7. They just don't make them like that any more. I've been to 4 or maybe 5 other vets in the area, and have not chosen my "new" vet yet. One practice has very high skills, but consistently wants to do expensive human-level intervention. The next had a front desk crew I thought was rude. The next couple had some variant of wanting to do the human-level intervention (which is expensive, but makes money for them). One of those I was also skeptical of the vet's judgement. The last one is probably the one I will "keep", but there is another practice a town over that has been recommended to me. I'll check them out.
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