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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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I just cannot imagine Gemma being on the same table as a sedated GSD.....that is awful....:foxes15: 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:daisy:
 

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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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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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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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I should have just walked out, Marie. But to be honest, I was scared of upsetting my boyfriend after we paid for the bus trip to that city and I basically harassed him to hurry up and make the appointment so we could get it done. Turned out he felt bad after though so it probably would have been okay for me to have walked out. I'm always too timid and scared when I'm caught in a situation, and then afterwards I realize what I should have done. Not speaking Swedish doesn't help either.

Gemma seems fine. The vaccine she received was her second DHPPi. I think all should be fine, but I'd never use that vet again.
 

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I should have just walked out, Marie. But to be honest, I was scared of upsetting my boyfriend after we paid for the bus trip to that city and I basically harassed him to hurry up and make the appointment so we could get it done. Turned out he felt bad after though so it probably would have been okay for me to have walked out. I'm always too timid and scared when I'm caught in a situation, and then afterwards I realize what I should have done. Not speaking Swedish doesn't help either.

Gemma seems fine. The vaccine she received was her second DHPPi. I think all should be fine, but I'd never use that vet again.
I'm exactly like that....obviously not the Swedish part, that must make it really difficult! I'm sure little Gemma will be ok :)
 

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I think she'll be okay too. I just feel guilty about bringing her to such a garbage place. Never, never, never again.
 

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Oh that place sounds awful I take my dogs to a low cost clinic but never experienced anything like that. As far as shots here from whom I used in Georgia Holly got hers at 8,12, and at 16 weeks she got her last puppy shots and rabies vax.
 

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:mad: I missed the part about her handling the other dogs feet and then not washing her hands....:( I pity that poor GSD...I wonder what they were going to do to him on that unsanitary table :shock:

I pay about $650 for a spay with pre-op bloods....its very expensive where I live ..
 

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Yeah, Jenn. Just because it's an affordable clinic doesn't mean the quality should be so greatly sacrificed. I didn't even think a clinic could be so awful. :(

Nabi, I have no idea what was happening to the GSD, but I felt bad for him as well. He was in there a long time. The assistant was trimming his nails when we came in and cauterizing the ones she cut too short. Is that normal?

That is really expensive for a spay. Where I come from, spays are about $300 for a puppy Gemma's size before they are 1 year old, and I thought that was pretty expensive. $700 is going to hurt! I wonder if it would be possible for me to have Gemma spayed while I am in the US.
 

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Yeah, Jenn. Just because it's an affordable clinic doesn't mean the quality should be so greatly sacrificed. I didn't even think a clinic could be so awful. :(

Nabi, I have no idea what was happening to the GSD, but I felt bad for him as well. He was in there a long time. The assistant was trimming his nails when we came in and cauterizing the ones she cut too short. Is that normal?

That is really expensive for a spay. Where I come from, spays are about $300 for a puppy Gemma's size before they are 1 year old, and I thought that was pretty expensive. $700 is going to hurt! I wonder if it would be possible for me to have Gemma spayed while I am in the US.
I paid $250 for Taz to be spayed, including pre-op bloodwork and removing two retained baby teeth.
 

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She will be fine and what is done is done and now you know!

Something that would really bother me is the point of the first Vet check was completely omitted. After getting each of my girls, it was contracted that I had something like 48-72 hours to get them Vet checked. They were weighed, hearts and lungs listened to, manipulated to check bone structure, checked ears and nose, felt belly for worms and more. Each received the "sign off" from the Vet that we had a healthy, sound girl. None of mine got immunizations at that visit. It was a new/well puppy checkup. We discussed food, potty, sleeping, water intake and more.

You did not get any that from this "doctor". THAT would be an issue for me.
 

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I agree with Karen, what's done is done.

I think Gemma will be fine too, and for next time call a few clinics
and check them out before you bring her in for an appointment.
Although even in a nice facility you can get a so so Doctor.

My vet is super tiny, one room for examination, small back area
and tiny hallway/reception, he is the only vet there, and has
two assistants and a secretary. Very low key, yet fantastic
vet. He took over the facility from a very poor quality vet
who had horrible reviews and handled animals in such a way
that I questioned his reasons for becoming a vet in the first
place. So basically no matter what the location looks like,
you have to do your research and come to your own conclusions.


I hope you find a vet you are happy with, it's not always easy.
 

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That is really messed up... I would have said something pretty darn quickly, especially if there was a sedated BIG dog on the table.
And Gemma should at least get one more set of Vaccinations. The breeder I am getting my Momo from does 3 or 4 sets to be DARN sure.
Chis have tiny little bodies, they need the protection.

I would say, go to the place next to your apartments... It should be safer... And less terrifying.

And she will be okay, but keep a good eye on her just in case. There is no such thing as being too careful in this kind of situation.

HUGS! :D
 

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Thank you girls for reassuring me that she'll be fine. I think so too, I was just worried after it all happened. I'm calmer now.

Karen, that's exactly why I was so shocked and confused. I thought they would have given her an exam or something? They surely would have at home at the clinic I worked at. Just seemed weird to me that it was just a quick jab and go. I've never experienced that sort of thing anywhere. Maybe it's a Sweden thing, I don't know. Just doesn't seem right, though. But then again I was reading up on the costs of spays in Sweden and the site I was looking at recommended getting dogs spayed after their first heat, which makes no sense. It was big animal hospital website. Sweden sure does things differently with their dogs. Just like how puppies only get vaccinated twice instead of three times like in the US.

We're going to have to find a good vet and schedule a formal exam when she is ready for her rabies shot at 16 weeks.
 
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