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post #1 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Vet rant grr

Sorry about this rant but I need to vent. It just every time we have booked the vet to come out they have either canceled or an hour or two late and I can't change vets because they are the only vet practise on the island and they are not very knowledgable about equines. Back in October when we got Ricky he got really ill they canceled on us then today we're were having two of the boys gelded and Ricky microchipped but they canceled again. I know emergancies can't be helped but it is every time we call the vets and it is anoying.
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:02 AM
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Vets are unpredictable, and should be treated as such. I can see why they cancelled on you today. Gelding and microchipping is not a life or death emergency, and I'd be pissed if my horse died because my vet had to do such a simple operation like microchipping a horse. Could you not have done an emergency call when they cancelled on you the first time? Granted it will cost more, but if he really were that ill and he really did need to see the vet then that should be no problem.
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post #3 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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I also forgot to mention they have reseduled to thursday with I vet I really hate looses his temper with animals that don't behave very well and can become quite rough and Prince propably wont beave very well and he is the only vet working so they will probably cancel again so it is that or we could wait a month. So totally loving my vets right now.

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post #4 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Nope nobody else could comee he was stuck on I smaller island on the other side of the island from us

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post #5 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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And I know it can't be helped it is just anouying when they always cancel or are an hour or so later then they said they will be even for emergancies.

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post #6 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:15 AM
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Its not your vets job to make your horse behave, its yours.
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post #7 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I never said it was he has become very coltish and inpaicent but very nerves so needs handling with paicence and understanding which this vet lacks

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post #8 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:18 AM
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Try having a vet that didn't even tell you what they vaccinated your horse for? I still don't know what he gave my mare, and he wouldn't even take the older records as proof that she was up to date of vaccinations they tried to get me to booster her again!

So I know what it is like to have to deal with vets even if you don't like them. Good luck with yours.
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post #9 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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They never knew what was up with Ricky so they just put him on antibiotics for a week and isolation for a month. But we think he had flu plus what I think is called tansit sickness can't remember lucky he got better though.

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post #10 of 28 Old 06-08-2012, 12:16 PM
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I would think that you would have a choice. My vet's office has three veterinarians (the main guy, and two female (one older, one younger) vets under him). I would use the main guy for my dogs because he was familiar with them and I liked his treatment of them. I got one of the women vets (the older lady) once for a serious treatment check up on my dog (we had a flea infestation that summer and he was having a bad skin reaction to them) and I was appalled by how she handled him and how she talked to me. I will never use her again, and when I call I specify which vet I want to use. If that vet is not available that day, give me a day when he is.

My vets and their office attendants know my animals. When I am out and about running errands, I will take an animal with me sometimes. I could run up to the vets office unannounced for a medication refill, bring my dog or cat in with me, and they will know by face and name, who I am and who I have with me. It is a very busy office outside the city, and I am there once every two months.

Don't just make a vague appointment and hope who ever is available shows up. Make an appointment with a specific vet. You are the vet's client, not just the office's client. It's like any other business. They have to take care of their clientele, but if their clientele is bouncing between multiple vets (even in the same office), they can't build a relationship with you.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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