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I have a vet clinic 5 minutes from my home. When we first moved in I took my diabetic dog to that clinic. I was appalled to discover that the vet in that clinic actually knew LESS about canine diabetes than I did. In fact he actually told me, "Well, just give Maggie as much insulin as you think will work" (!?!?) That, obviously did not give me a warm fuzzy feeling. I got a recommendation for a clinic from a woman who works with a well known rescue in MN. The vet clinic is 45 minutes from my home but every vet in the practice is fantastic. When it turned out that the dog my daughter had rescued needed major surgery shortly after she got him (the dog had been hit by a car and, according to our vet, had some of the worst damage from badly healed fractures she had ever seen) we were immediately referred to an exceptional ortho surgeon. Yes, the surgery was outrageously expensive (of course DH and I paid for it as she was still in law school...and it meant they basically rebuilt the dog's left hind leg) but the surgery was successful and our daughter's dog is doing well now. I shudder to think what the previous vet would have told us...maybe, "Here's a scalpel, fix it yourself"? At any rate I have recently learned that our previous vet has lost his license to practice veterinary medicine in this state due to "failure to treat in an appropriate manner". So, my advice is that if anything seems a little off with a vet clinic or vet find another one. The majority of vets, in my experience, are good and competent people who are trying to do what is best for your pets but there area a few stinkers out there. Don't settle for a bad vet. Even if it means you have to drive a distance to a good one!
"In rescuing animals I lost my mind....but found my soul"