Cisco Pre-Op Visit

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Well we took Cisco to the new vet last night- The vet-techs were in love as were others there waiting... I had his ears unposted to show the vet how he is scratching them so badly and to get a new set of advice on what to do- The doc was clueless about dobes ears- says in his 30 years of practice this is only the 3rd dobe he has ever seen and the other 2 had short crops. SO he was no help at all. He recommended a vet about a 1/2 hour away that is the only one he knows who even crops in the area. I am going to give her office a call this week when I get some time and see if she will check out his ears and maybe give me some advice on what to do...

The new vet was very nice but he kind of looks down on cropping and sort of lectured me for having pups ears done... I told them breeder had them done, but I wanted them done anyways...

He gets neutered on April 7th and w/ chip it is going to be around 170$ much better than the 400-500 quote I got from our vet.

I am kind of in a limbo stage as to where to take them for general visits. I love my vet but they are pricey- This guy is nice and prices are good - but his lack of knowledge on dobes kind of puts me off.

Driving a half-hour to see this other vet for general visits seems a bit much as well (and i don't know how her costs are) - but she is, as this vet called her, "THE dobie vet". He says she owns them and used to breed here and there some years ago. Not often maybe once every couple years and only bred for like 10 yrs and stopped because it was too hard w/ vet practice etc... He said she probably on had maybe 4 litters total before she decided not to breed anymore.

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Mandy.. sounds like she might be the way to go. I think the most important part is the confidence you will get from the Dobe-vet. They ARE a special breed and considering, once you're in the car, a half hour might not seem that much farther than what you're doing now ( is it 'farther' or 'further'? I always get those confused.) ROAD TRIP.

Hope you like her and get some answers that help you with Cisco's ears. How DARE he chastise you for the crop!!!

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I know I was thinking about that it would be another 20 or so minutes in the car to get there... I guess if she will see me about the ears and I like her- I will probably go that route... It is usually after the puppy stage only a once a year visit anyways!

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Besides that.. its a sure guarantee for Josh to get that job in FL...

once you've settled on a vet and get to know her.. you KNOW you'll be transferred!! LOL

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LOL~ Love that logic Katie!!!! He should be hearing a yes or no with in the next 3-5 weeks- UGH tooooooo long!

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Mandy, in the long run, you know you're gonna want the best for you baby. That's how I'd feel anyway... best of luck!! Give them kissies from us!!! xoxo!

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Mandy, if your choices are a vet who KNOWS dobies (and they do occasionally have issues that are purely dobie-oriented) then I'd think that would be the way to go, unless you want to use both vets---one for normal vaccinations and day-to-day things, and one for specific doberman issues.  There are 2 vets right here in my town, just 5 - 8 minutes from my house, one more about 8 miles from where I live, and then there is my vet who is almost 40 miles down the highway from me.  I wouldnt go to anyone but him unless it was a dire emergency and I thought that time was of the essence.  He has doctored my dobies and all my other animals (even horses and goats back in the day) for 30 years, and he's the best, in my opinion.  There are SO many people that come to him that honestly, it's not uncommon to get there and have to wait a couple of hours before you get your name called to see the vet.  I see a lot of dobies, boxers and danes there all the time, because this man knows about some of the specific issues that these breeds have that are not common to other breeds.

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Mandy, just need to echo everyone elses advice. go see this new vet, have her look at the ears, and watch how she interacts with you Cisco.  That's what you really want, someone who is not going to be affraid of the dog, talks to the dog, and seems to really care about YOUR dog.  Watch her when she does the physical.  Does she check the teeth?Does she smell his breath? Does she feel him all over?  My vet is great with Tory, not so good with Tony.    She was almost bit in the face by a male dobe when she was just a little vet, right out of school, and she is real skiddish around male dobes.  but, she's so good about everything else, I can't leave her, we have been with her for about 25 years.  She really is cute with Tony, always says to him that she wishes she could be his friend, how handsome and sweet he is.  all the while he has on a muzzle!  Good luck, I know it's a tough decision.

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The vet I have gone to for 22 years (since coming back down here) is a good 20 minutes away, and I have to pass another qualified vet on the way. My vet is very knowledgeable and good with the animals and the staff is just wonderful with my kids. I have posted many times about the good care my four legged kids get. He has also done all the ears for the the last 16 years.

The vet I pass on the way used to work for him until she went out on her own. She is very good and had a very good interaction with my dogs then, it's just I have a loyalty to my current vet after 22 years. However, when he retires, I may change.

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Lisa my original vet and Dr Arron are both great and Arron knows dobes ok- the last dr he worked with was a dobe breeder and did the ears- out in the Harrisburg PA area. I love them - there prices are ridiculous and w/ 2 pups it gets a little expensive.... What I think I am probably going to end up doing is like someone here suggested go see this new vet and see how she is w. the pups and how she examines them and helps with ears... Then make my decision but I am really torn...

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Well, don't be torn, girlfriend.  Use the one less expenisive for the general and the more breed specific for the breed!  Mandy, me thinks you stress too much, my girl!  Are we related?

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lol! I do barb! I do!!!!

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I'm too tired to read or write! But so excited to have Leo behaving like Leo again, instead of the king of Pluto! Or somethin' further out there!

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She sounds like a keeper. Sometimes you gotta travel to get a better vet! :) haha

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I think that was farther ? Oops!

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Sounds like great advice for Cisco!  With you caring for him like you do, you won't go wrong. 

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Sounds like great advice for Cisco!  With you caring for him like you do, you won't go wrong. 

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Mandy...goe with the 'dobie vet"...you will sleep better at night!!

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Josh and I talked about it last night and I am going to make an appointment to see her if we can- It is 20 minutes to our regular vet - about 20 also to the vet doing the neuter. Her prices are about average for the area and its only another 10-15 mins in the car to get them there. So if she can and will take them on- We are switching to her...

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Late chiming in on this one... how'd I miss it?  I've been allowing myself time on the forum and everything this week!

Anyway, how I do the vet thing, drives my father nuts (he owns his own business) because I go and see different vets for different things.  The last vet I worked for is about 30 minutes away from where we live, freeway driving.  He's cheap and lets me do what I want.  When I first got Steve I got the shots I wanted from him, some ear meds, dewormers, etc.  I call him for all my concerns before I even think of going to a vet and he answers them without hesitation.

We ironically own a home 5 minutes from my first job and I run Steve there for weights and to buy shampoos etc.  Its nice that I know both the vets there and most of the staff.  My boss has a dobie puppy of her own which is even more fun.  But they are a little more pricey on things so I think about what I take him there for.  When I flushed something out of Steve's eye and he still needed meds, I went to Judy (local vet) knowing that when I told her, "I flushed something out of his eye and I need meds."  She'd chat me up for 10 minutes while she wrote up his chart and then gave me meds and a discounted exam.

My mom sees a vet that simply blows my mind and makes me angry sometimes with the BS they pull.  She never walks out of there under 300$ and it does not need to be that way.  But they make my mom feel like a bad owner if she doesn't annually heartworm test (in our area, it really really is not that concerning and if you are on prevention you shouldn't take the test ANYway...), blood work every 6 months, etc.  In the event of a major meltdown, I know they have the instruments and skill to do something life-saving for my dogs, but other than that I'd never dream of going there.

And I ramble.  :)  Just trying to support you in going to multiple people! It really doesn't hurt and it might save you some money and peace of mind.

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Thanks Jes!