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post #1 of 22 Old 02-07-2011, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Condescending Vets

I was reading the posts on When You Need to Call a Vet and I absolutely agree with everything that was said. I want to call the vet while a problem is still manageable, not when it is a full blown emergency.

So why is it that my vet often acts like I'm a nut and too quick to call? I live in a rural area and do not have any choices when it comes to vets. They make a fortune off of me, so why be so condescending when I want my horse's eye checked out when it is swollen shut? I know vets are busy and dirt in the eye is not high on the list of emergencies, but it is still my horse and when it comes to the eyes, I don't want to take chances.

One time my horse came out of her stall 3 legged lame and dragging her hind leg. She took a few more steps and started walking normal, but I still wanted the vet to look at her. The vet came out and after examining her, laughed at me, because it turned out that she had "catchy" stifles and it was not the emergency that I had expressed on the phone. I had never seen that before and it scared the daylights out of me.

Just wondering if anyone else goes through this with their vet.
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Was your vet actually condescending, or did they just laugh because they were relieved? I've had that happen.

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Just because you have the initials DR. In front of your name does not give you the right to behave different than anyone else nor should others treat you with hallowed reverence. They all put there pants on the same way the rest of the world does every morning.

If they give poor service - FIRE THEM!
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Was your vet actually condescending, or did they just laugh because they were relieved? I've had that happen.
I actually asked my friend that same question after the vet left, because I realized that I was still a little keyed up and may have taken it the wrong way and she said that he was definitely laughing at me.

I can take it, I'm not an overly sensitive person. It just pissed me off at the time because I was so concerned about my horse.
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Okay, then yes, I'd be angry too. It's fine if they want to allay your fears, but actually laughing at you is inexcusable.

As Production stated, if they're not doing their job to your expectations, fire 'em.

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Just because you have the initials DR. In front of your name does not give you the right to behave different than anyone else nor should others treat you with hallowed reverence. They all put there pants on the same way the rest of the world does every morning.

If they give poor service - FIRE THEM!

Wish I could, but the next closest vet to us is over 50 miles away. To be fair, he is not a bad vet, it is just his bedside manner that bites.
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Rather, how is he with the animals?

I have a grumpy old codger of a vet that I use for emergencies. He lacks polished social skills, but the man knows his way around a horse, and is very gentle and kind with them.

I don't care if he's nice to me, as long as he cares properly for the animals.

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Rather, how is he with the animals?

I have a grumpy old codger of a vet that I use for emergencies. He lacks polished social skills, but the man knows his way around a horse, and is very gentle and kind with them.

I don't care if he's nice to me, as long as he cares properly for the animals.
We have one of those too!! I love him, but most people are afraid of him. He is in his 80's and only works a few days a week, of his choosing, no set schedule, so I can only count on him if I don't mind waiting 3 or 4 days before he can get out. The man charges $10 for a farm call!! Love him!!

The other vet is good with the horses and knows his stuff, but can be very condescending. I know what I need to do for a swollen eye or an abscess, but there are times that I want someone who is a trained professional to look at the eye or abscess and not act like I am an idiot for calling. He is all we have if we need someone within a day, so I put up with his crap for the sake of my babies.
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It's called "House Syndrome"...=-)

I'm the same way. Treat me however you want...but you'd had better know your stuff and treat my horse with respect or I will kick your behind out into the pasture and back.
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Wish I could, but the next closest vet to us is over 50 miles away. To be fair, he is not a bad vet, it is just his bedside manner that bites.
50 miles is not that bad if they are a better vet.
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