Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Bad Vet Chalks Up More Victims

Before we found our current vet, another vet was recommended to us by a friend, who still uses him. He’s part of a veterinary hospital chain, and before he nearly killed our puppy, we’d never even heard of chain vets.

I'm so happy we don't go to Bad Vet anymore!

We know of several patients at our new vet’s office who also left Bad Vet (and the office staff tells us there are many more) – a few were botched spay surgeries, and others were illnesses that Bad Vet didn’t bother diagnosing, so the dogs and cats were getting progressively worse while this joke of a vet just stood by and collected their money every time they brought their sick pet in.

How could he be so heartless and uncaring?

My friend still uses Bad Vet, and her dog nearly died recently too. Her dog was vomiting violently around the clock for two days straight, could hardly walk, trembled, and had no interest in anything. Not typical of this normally energetic Jack Russell.

She took her dog in after the first bout, and Bad Vet said he could alter the dog’s medication (she’s on an anti-anxiety med and something else for hyperactivity), which didn’t work at all. After the second bout, she took the dog in again, and Bad Vet said there was nothing he could do.

This is exactly what we heard him tell another patient, an elderly man dearly attached to his cat, who he was now told was going to die. He held that cat close as he walked out of the vet’s office, his head bowed down and tears streaming down his face at the morbid diagnosis. I wish I could have found that man after we left Bad Vet and told him to get a second opinion – his long-time companion may have been saved.

My friend took her dog in to see a different vet, and lo and behold, it turned out that her dog has an enlarged esophagus and had to be fed in an upright position to help the food go down. Miracle of miracles, her dog is fine now and running around like a puppy again.

So simple. But a vet has to care enough to diagnose a dog, not just give up on it.

Just like with our own doctors, we need to ask questions of veterinarians, get second and third opinions, and do our research. Just because someone has a degree doesn’t make him/her a good vet, nor does it mean he/she has your pet’s best interest at heart. We are the voices for our pets, since they can’t express themselves verbally. We know them best, we know the signs when something’s wrong, and they rely on us to help them. There are plenty of good vets out there; take the time to find one.

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To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate…That is the Question

Do I REALLY need more shots????

The same controversy exists in the veterinary world as we see in the world of human medicine – whether or not to vaccinate puppies, how many diseases to vaccinate them against, and how much is enough. This controversy is explored (and can help you make your own determination) in this study:

Integrative Therapy in Dogs with Nervous System & Other Disorders (http://neuro.vetmed.ufl.edu/neuro/AltMed/Alt_Med_Neuro.htm).

It’s also an interesting study in the success of combining Western and Eastern practices to maintain optimal canine health and cure illnesses. Herbal supplements, vitamins, human-animal bonding, and diet are all discussed as well.

Just as there are some parents who don’t believe in vaccinating their children, there are some pet owners who don’t believe in vaccinating their pets. While over-vaccination is never good for any living creature, there are certain diseases that do need to be prevented. I say this because my first childhood dog died of distemper, a truly nasty disease, and watching that poor dog deteriorate was an awful thing. Apparently it already had the disease when my parents got it from the pet shop, and when the situation was reported to the pet shop owner, he had to have all the dogs tested (and some destroyed), remove the animals from the shop, and have the whole place disinfected. It was devastating to me and I’ll never take a chance with any dog’s life like that.

However, just like with children, over-vaccination can be just as deadly. Annual blood tests can determine whether the last vaccine is still active in a dog’s system; the study mentioned above showed that some annual vaccinations only need to be given every 3 or so years.

Something to consider for all of us animal lovers.

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