"Dale Atkin" > wrote in
> "John_S03_Peterson" > wrote in message
>> A word of advice to all pet owners out there.
>> If your pet is sick and requires more than simple vaccinations or
>> special food, do NOT go to a vet who refuses to tell you over the
>> phone if he generally can do such and such a procedure or operation.
> Ya' know... I've never seen this happen. I've never heard of it
> happening either (at least not the way you describe it). Can you give
> some details of a case where you've seen this happen? Where you've
> called a vet and said 'do you do procedure x', and have them tell you
> that you'll have to go elsewhere when you're in the office. Note, this
> is entirely different than calling with 'my dog is lame can you treat
> him?', which requires a diagnosis, time, skills, possibly equipment
> and hence a charge. Also, try to remember that it isn't uncommon to
> have a client call and say 'x' is wrong with my dog 'can you treat
> him', only to find out that 'x' is not wrong with the dog, its in fact
> 'y'. 'x' might be something you can treat for, but 'y' isn't. 'x'
> might be very, very, uncommon, but 'y' very common (so you're
> confident that its not *in fact* 'x', but more likely 'y', but the
> client thinks is 'x', so you might in theory elect to see a patient
> where the client thinks 'x' is wrong, even though you can't treat for
> 'x'. I recall a case the other day when a client came in and said 'my
> dog's leg is broken' when in fact he'd pulled a muscle (although we
> could have treated both cases)
Please read the original post carefully. This has nothing to do with
making a diagnosis, but a simple inquiry as to whether or not a clinic
can or does do a certain procedure (not ear cropping declawing or other
bad procedures) What they are saying is we won't comment until you pay a
office call fee. Unprofessional an dishonest, no way around it. I have
even had them tell me yes, we may do it and then get to their office and
say, no way we can do that procedure, you need a specialist.
>> Some vets play the "consult game" telling you that they cannot tell
>> you if they do such and such until they see your animal. Often you
>> wind up paying a consult fee only to be told "we cannot or will not
>> do that here". This is not simply a question of examining the animal,
>> since the vet SHOULD be able to tell you what procedures he/she can
>> generally do.
> Yes. They should, and in my experience do, but bear in mind, with
> something like fracture repair, there are varying degrees of
> competence required to repair a fracture. It may require looking at
> the animal to determine if the fracture can be repaired using the
> techniques they have available (if not, they may be forced to refer
Why do vets and those in the profession automatically assume you are
ignorant of medical procedures? Having worked in orthopedics, I already
know all about this.
>> If they cannot, they are not being honest and open with you and you
>> should not patronize such a veterinarian.
> The number one thing in choosing a vet, in my opinion is trust. You
> need to find someone you can understand, and trust. If not, you're
> wasting your money, and their time (as you won't likely be compliant
> with their directions anyways).
How many vets have you been to as a client? Maybe it's different in
Canada, but here in Arizona, there are many, many incompetent and
unprofessional veterinary services. The State Licensing Board was found
to be negligent in their oversight of AZ veterinarians by a State
Inspector General here.
>> Many of these veterinarians advertise they are full or complete
>> service veterinarians when they are NOT.
> I'd be leery of any vet practice that says they can do everything,
> unless they have a rather large staff, and rather large facility.
> There are so many specialties, that no one person can be an expert in
> all of them.
It's very funny. The small, do nothing offices, frequently advertise
"complete" or "full-service" and are anything but. Don't they screen out
liars in veterinary schools?