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Old 05-29-2012, 05:26 PM
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Default Gemma got her second vaccinations, and I'm mad!

So Gemma received her second vaccinations and I am SO disappointed in the place we chose to take her. It was AWFUL. My boyfriend's sister recommended the clinic to us because it was less expensive than the very big clinic/hospital right near us and she said that the vet was good.

First of all, I can tell why it was less expensive (and it turned out to be the same price as the nice animal clinic we have right next to our apartments after the bus fees to travel there). It was an awful "clinic" with just one little room and a tiny waiting room that was part of the vet's house. The vet was really old with hearing problems, and he barely said or did anything. We waited over 40 minutes past our scheduled time and then he and his assistant took us in with ANOTHER DOG already in the room and sedated on the table. WTF? His assistant took Gemma out of my hands and put her on the table with the giant sedated German Shepard and gave her the jab real quick and that was it. She had even just touched the GSD's foot and wasn't wearing gloves and then she took Gemma without washing her hands and vaccinated her, also without gloves. They didn't trim her nails, they didn't weigh her (I was scanning the place for a scale because I really wanted to get her weight, but didn't even see one), there was no rabies vaccine, no paperwork, nothing. All they did was give her the jab and then stamp and sign her little vaccination booklet that the breeder gave us. I am REALLY upset that we went there and I feel so bad about it. I can't believe my boyfriend's sister, who BREEDS her Great Danes, takes her puppies there for their vaccinations. That was the worst, most unprofessional clinic (if it can even be called that) that I have ever seen.

I just hope Gemma is okay and is properly vaccinated now. Apparently in Sweden they just get two puppy jabs, because the vet said she's not due until next year now? Not really sure about that. And I'm not sure what the rabies procedure is either. There was another man in the waiting room who was really dirty with a really shaggy looking 6-month-old Cocker Spaniel who said his dog hadn't been vaccinated for rabies and would only do so if they were going to travel abroad. I'm pretty sure the rabies vaccine is still mandatory in Sweden, because I looked it up before. I'm having my boyfriend call the other clinic sometime later this week to ask about that and to see if we can just drop by and weigh Gemma, and possibly get her nails done.

Ugh, I just feel like a horrible person for taking her there. I just hope she's fine and properly vaccinated.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:32 PM
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I just cannot imagine Gemma being on the same table as a sedated GSD.....that is awful.... what if he had moved and his foot knocked her off the table..it sounds like a terrible place...poor little munchkin....I'm sure she will be ok , I have never seen a vet/tech wear gloves to give an immunization....hugs to her
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:40 PM
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I know! What if he woke up or twitched and knocked her off? She was literally right on the edge. When the assistant put her there, my jaw almost dropped because I was expecting to be led to another room or table or something. I did not think she was going to vaccinate her on the same table. Gemma was a little champ though. She just sniffed the GSD and took her jab like it was nothing. I think I was more upset than she was.

I used to work in a vet clinic and most the time they wouldn't wear gloves for vaccinations, but considering the woman was fondling and examining the GSD's toes right before she gave Gemma her vaccine, I thought it was a little unsanitary.

I hope she's fine. I just looked it up and apparently the vaccine she was given is recommended at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 1 year, and then every 3 years. I guess it's different here than in the US.
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I would definitely find a different vet. Do you know why the dog on the table was sedated? Scary! I have a digital kitchen scale that I weigh Benny on. Weighed him today, he is 4 lbs 4 3/4 oz now..
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:52 PM
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How awful for you,i would have walked out.Our vet scrubs down the table after each animal has been on the table as part as routine
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I agree, definitely find a different vet. I know it's really hard when you feel pressured in a situation, but it's best to upset a few people and leave than have the worry that things weren't done properly. I'm the same though, you tend to not realise these things properly until after the event, then you're kicking yourself for not saying anything!

Hopefully a different vet will be able to check that everything was done properly, as well as weighing her and clipping her nails.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:56 PM
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Oh believe me, we will NEVER be going back there again. My boyfriend felt really bad because he obviously led me there through his sister's recommendation and he had no idea it was going to be like that. Gemma's next vet trip will be for her rabies vaccine, so we'll be finding a different place to do that. Then we'll have to find a good vet to have her spayed... Or I might just wait until I fly home with her this winter and have her done at home where I used to work, because I was looking up prices for spays/neuters at the clinic that's right next to us, and they seemed to only do dog neuters and they were $500 for a dog Gemma's size. WHAT?!?! That much for a neuter?! Spays are usually twice as much as neuters! Sweden, your prices are killing me! At least if I have her done in the US at the clinic I used to work at, I trust those vets and have had my previous Chi spayed there before without any complications. But if I do that, she's going to have her first heat before she gets spayed.
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Trust your instinct. I did not do so one time with a vet and one of my critters died as a result.
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