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I LOVE mine! Actually there are two in the clinic I take the dogs to. Doc McCallum is an older gentleman, 25+ years experience, very kind and quiet. Doc Ollis is younger, maybe early 30's. She's perky, pretty and attentive. They've both dealt with my dogs, and they're both great!

With her cutting-edge, contemporary approach to things, and his wealth of experience, anecdotal information and wisdom, they are a good mix. She keeps him fresh, he keeps her grounded. I feel like I have the best of both worlds, resulting in superior care for my dogs.

I love the techs, too. They're very friendly and relaxed, and once they got over the "omg it's a chihuahua where's the muzzle?" thing, they've handled my dogs beautifully. Actually it really didn't take long at all for them to see that Tango and Jazz are a-typical of the chihuahua rep, and they deal with them accordingly. I think they're actually clinic favorites~~when we arrive they get lots of attention, and more than once a tech has come out just to say hi to the dogs and play with them for a bit, because they saw they were on the schedule.

They're easy to work with in terms of scheduling and finances too. I've had a couple of minor emergencies with one or the other of the dogs, and have called in a panic, and they ALWAYS made room right away. Once they even stayed open past closing time, and Doc Ollis stayed over, just so they could see Jazz when her incision site got infected after her spay.

Finances have been very tight recently because my daughter's getting married in two months, and weddings are EXPENSIVE! But Jazz is due for her yearly, so I called them and told them what was going on. They arranged for me to come in for a "tech visit" where just the tech sees Jazz rather than the Vet, and I therefore don't have to pay for a full office visit. She'll get her shots on time. Then we arranged that I'll just come back first of the year (after the wedding) for the Vet full exam, and the fecal and heartworm test and blood panel. (I get a full blood panel once a year for both the dogs so a baseline is established, and because if the numbers change, it's a good diagnostic tool, and will give me some warning if there's an issue developing.)

Anyway, I'm really happy with my Vet and the care Tango and Jazz receive.

How about you?
 

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We -adore- our vet! Dr Cox is about the best vet I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He's older, but he doesn't give a lick about the "new fangled" ways (as in, he doesn't try and scare me off raw/no vaccines).

This year, we had some major medical bills in March we had our 15 year old cat in for $500 worth of tests and xrays and a general checkup. Basically just to make sure he's doing well. THEN, a few weeks later, Betty needs an emergency spay to remove a pyrometra! Well. Those things aren't cheap, let me tell you.

He called me at work and let me know they START at $700 depending on how hard it is to get it out. Ofcourse I said SAVE HER - but he knows we aren't well off (SO still out of work and going back to school) and when I came to pick her up, fearing the worst bill ever... $700. Even though he told me it was incredibly difficult to get it out, she had many adhesions. :( And her two checkups afterwards were free.

Months later, our Penelope cat got diagnosed with stomach cancer - very advanced. At the same time our blind kitten was about to go in for eye surgery. He offered to do the eye surgery pro-bono.. if we covered just the cost of the meds!

I mean, this man is my hero.

Unfortunately, I hear rumors of retirement.. and the new girl he has is fresh out of vet school, and I don't like her very much. She's nice, and good with the pets.. but she missed Penelopes cancer two weeks before we went back because she crashed and even Dr Cox said she should have felt it then. :(
 

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Yep I LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEE my vet.....he's also my father. :) Even with 40+ years experience he is open to new things and willing to give my crazy hair brained ideas a try (such as feeding raw), he is an EXCELLENT diagnostician and surgeon, I don't know what I'm going to do when he finally retires (he's 67) short of becoming a Vet myself lol. He's amazing with the animals, knows what he's doing and doesn't dink around with unnecessary tests or medications if they aren't needed. He also prescribes a lot of drugs that people can get cheaply at Walmart on their $4 program (same exact drug as what we use for the dogs) to save $$. He is definitely not in it for the money but moreso his love of animals. He also puts up with me asking him questions about dogs that I know online, and helps me help them so to speak. I call him at least once a week or ask him questions at least once a week about 'friends' online either here or on yahoogroups or dogster etc lol. He never balks and always offers his opinion on what he thinks or what he would suggest. I love that man :)
 

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I'm "happy" with my vet. There are two in the office, a man and a woman. The man is wonderful. He loves my little dogs and when there was an "unidentifiable" problem with Lo, he spent lots of his own time researching and studying her case. The pups love him, too. If there was ever a problem financially, I know it wouldn't be a problem, because they would allow me to work it out with them.

However, the woman does NOT handle my little dogs well (almost as though she is uncomfortable even touching them) and is quite offensive honestly... No "bedside manners" if you know what I mean.

It's kind of irritating having to schedule my appointments around his availability, since I don't allow my pups to be seen by the woman, but whenever there is an emergency, we are right there with no questions asked.
 

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Heather you are so lucky!

I liked my vet but honestly he didn't know that much about Chihuahuas and he openly said that to me. It made me a bit uncomfortable and so I found a new vet who knows a lot about small breeds. I took Chi Chi there today and he was very thorough, talked to me about every question I had, I even kind of "quizzed" him on small breeds in general. He was GREAT! So I decided to take my other animals to my "classic" vet and use the new vet for the Chi's. I feel like that's the most fair thing to do since I like them both.
 

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I would love to find a vet that has more interest in toy breeds!
My holistic vet sold his practice and told none of us.I brought
Dahlia in for her last shot and it was all new people.Only one of the
techs was the same and glad they kept the nice one!
There are 2 young guys that have taken over the practice but
I dont think they are holisitic.I was so surprized I forgot to ask as
it was a routine visit.He was trying to have a bedside manner but
started to get bugged when I said we dont need a rabies shot or heartworm
meds.Dahlia is 100% indoors unless we are getting in the car to go to
the store.Thats it!! He was very surprized how good she was and said she made his
top 10 list for chis.We will see how it goes next time.
We have already checked out other vets here and they are too rude/busy or bossy.
 

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We use 2 vets - Both of which are excellent with Chi's. Our local vet however is the most useless, clueless person in the universe when it comes to small breeds! None of my animals will ever go there unless its an emergency!

One of them specialises in small breeds of dog and cats, and has known and cared for Maisies breeders dogs for 10 years so has years and years of experience with Chi's. They're also very good about giving half-dose vaccinations for tiny dogs!

The other one is the one we always take the cats to because he's just so good and very cheap. Maisie had a checkup there too when I registered her with them and they were great with her too. They refuse to sell Science Diet because "Its not a healthy food!" they only sell pro-plan which is what he feeds his own dogs! This is the one we took Slash the cat to and they only charged us the consultation fee and the cost of the pain killer and antiinflamatory shot - Nothing at all for keeping him there for observation and putting his knee back in!
 

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I love my Vet! It's an all lady clinic, and I know them really well now, they always ask about my other cats when I come in with Honey for her check-ups. They really love Honey they also gave me an account when Honey got attacked and I couldnt afford to pay the bill all at once. :)
 

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I love my vet! She is very gentle and kind with the dogs, and with me, too! She was very considerate through the illness and loss of my Bichon girl and she is a friend, as well as my vet. The other three vets at the practice are great, too, and the office staff are friendly and helpful. She has taken care of my dogs all their lives and I would be very upset if I had to change. They have a vet who specialized in small animals, other than dogs and cats, and a great surgeon. My vet listens and they always make room if I need attention quickly. The day my blue Chi chewed through an electrical cord, I just grabbed him up and rushed to the vet's office and ran in with him. My vet saw him immediately and he was fine, thank goodness.

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Yes i really like my Vet.
Dr Gibson is an older guy, and very friendly and caring.
He lives above the practice aswell, so i bump into on the street and we always have a good gab. lol
I like the staff there too, one of them always walks around doing her thing with Dillon in her arms, she loves him so much it's very cute!

It's just a small practice on my street, and it is very handy too, cause i just have to walk to get there.
For spaying and neutering i have to take the furkids elsewhere cause my own vet doesnt do these ops anymore due to haveing a stroke a while back.
The vet he referrs you to is good too, just a bit further away.
It is more modern, the staff are lovely there aswell, so am happy.
 
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