Choosing a Veterinarian
~ finding the Weimaraner savvy or holistic Vet
OwyheeStar recognizes the difficulty for the average dog loving client who wants nothing but the best for their beloved Weim. Nevertheless, choosing the right Vet is an emotion-driven process. Too often we equate the compassionate care given during a crisis as the sign of a competency too.
Shela at OwyheeStar is the gatekeeper of information, inquiries, and sometimes situations unthinkable. Nothing is more heartrending than a client's note bemoaning their discovery that the Vet's decision for the Weimaraner resulted in problems. These health issues are mostly the result of vaccine reactions or medication choices. OwyheeStar recommends following the vaccine protocol and avoiding the sixteen-week puppy vaccination when possible. That avoidance happens because the Vet agrees to the vaccine titer test which involves a bit more money spent but, in turn, provides invaluable information.
Suggestions to ponder
Before you automatically stick with a former Vet or select any Vet due to your experience or their repetition please consider these facts:
The Weimaraner's health
REBECCA SKLOOT--a longtime registered Vet Tech found herself in an unthinkable and life-threatening situation. Click here to read the article on what happened and how to choose a good Vet are something worth checking out. She was facing the dreaded bloat situation that is commonplace with the Weimaraner. Please read what she says and balance it with what you know and our recommendations. Knowledge is a powerful thing; however, most of us are not licensed Vet Techs, who are equipped to argue with the Veterinarian when we feel they might not be right. Here she is on vacation when Sereno develops a serious issue.
"I once got in a fight with a veterinarian while my dog, Sereno, lay in agony on an exam table. He had "bloated"—his stomach had twisted and filled with air. It was a deadly problem I'd seen many times as a vet tech, and I knew that if we didn't release some of the air with a stomach tube or get him into surgery pronto, he was going to die".
"I was on vacation in rural West Virginia and had just driven 45 miles at top speed looking for a vet. This was the first clinic I saw: tiny, with a broken screen door and a hand-painted sign that said, veterinarian. Sereno looked like he'd swallowed a beach ball, and when I tapped his stomach, it made the telltale pinging sound of a bloated dog. But the vet suggested a blood test to rule out kidney failure. I asked her to take an X-ray. She did—I saw what looked like unequivocal bloat on the film, but she wasn't sure".
"That day, as I waited for news about Sereno's surgery (he recovered just fine), I made a rule: Always find a good vet before you need one. When I take my dogs on vacation now, I research vets along with hotels. And when I recently moved to Memphis, I made sure to check out vets before I got there".
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
OwyheeStar works almost exclusively with the Idaho Veterinary Hospital in Nampa, Idaho. Yes, their reputation speaks well for their practice; however, that is not enough in and of itself. Dr. John Calhoun is at the helm of this practice and he is amazing on every level.
Cliff and Shela travel the better part of an hour when they go to the Vet office. This investment in time is indicative of the quality of service and support as well as their relationship.