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Author Topic: Preparing Dogs for Vet Appts?  (Read 4934 times)
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« Reply #8: May 20, 2011, 06:48:29 pm »

Finding a good vet is a nightmare.

Randall can tell you that until we fostered Elvis, we'd really never found a vet here in Waco. I thought maybe one vet was going to work out (he was the third one we'd tried four years), but the vet the shelter uses is one of the best vets I've ever used (and in 30 years, I can count those on one hand).

There were only two in Dallas that I was satisfied with...and that was in 17 years.

My suggestion is take treats with you. Something your guys really like, and be liberal with them. Make it as positive and rewarding an experience as you can. No dog likes a vet clinic, but you can help jolly them along...and pay attention to the office staff and techs. They can make or break a clinic.

Yikes, with all of your dog experience and you've only found a handful of good vets?  I might have my work cut out for me.  I'm definitely hearing that shelters and rescues have a good handle on local vets so I'll have to ask.  Today I got a suggestion from a co-worker who has three high-maintenance dogs and is super-fussy about their care.  I can't imagine her putting up with even a mediocre vet so this office might be a place to start. 

I'll be honest that I often get flustered from being rushed through the appointment and forget to give them treats until they're so upset they won't eat.    Embarrassed  Thank you, I'll have to remember to start the treats early and keep them coming throughout the visit. 
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