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Hi All. Continuing on the quest to be the best mom I can be. How do I decide which veterinarian to take MuShu too for his chekups. Does it even matter who...I mean they're all board certified. Yellow pages perhaps?

I'm located in Redlands, CA.
 

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I would ask around. Talk to people that have dogs. You can also "interview" vets before you get your furbaby. You might get charged though.
 

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Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@Apr 20 2005, 05:15 PM
I would ask around.  Talk to people that have dogs.  You can also "interview" vets before you get your furbaby.  You might get charged though.
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Ew...charged for checking their services? I have no one to ask cuz I'm completely new to the area.
I guess I'll go with the cleanest looking one. That's always a plus
 

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Originally posted by Lexi's Mom@Apr 20 2005, 05:19 PM
Maybe someone on here lives near you.  That would help.  Can you ask people at work or your neighbors?
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I guess I'll toughen up and knock on some doors to ask. The dyanmics is much colder in apartments than single house neighborhoods. Needless to say I'm in an apt with neighbords that never talk to each other.
 

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I am not sure where you are located. However, very recently I found a great vet who is very knowledgable and very thorough. She actually is an internal medicine specialist as opposed to a regular vet. She is great. I would just try different vets when you have your pup because everyone should be giving same shots. But you can use that time to "interview" the vet and you will be able to know how much they know about toy breeds, how thorough they are, etc.
 

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I've gone to 3 different vets since I got Lexi. The first vet I went to right after I got Lexi just didn't feel right so for her 16 week check up we went to a different one. That one charged way to much so I went to a 3rd vet when she was spayed. I love this clinic. The vets I have had are great.
 

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im not familar where Redland is...

but heres some vets that my dog trainer recommended me when i was looking for a vet

im all into holistic stuff for jongee, so my vet is a holistic vet too

My Vet
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Dr. Limehouse - Holistic Veterinarian

818/761-0787

10742 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA

 

Dr. Sonja Owens

626-331-5374
222 E San Bernardino Road
Covina, CA 91723


Dr. Wallace
441-8555

1412 Huntington Drive
South Pas, CA 91030
http://www.tlcvet.com

 

Also, here are a few other Holistic Veterinarians in the area:

 

Dr. Pasternak

http://www.petholisticare.com/

 

WILLIAM FARBER , DVM BS
WEST LOS ANGELES ANIMAL HOSPITAL
1818 S SEPULVEDA BLVD
WEST LOS ANGELES , CA 90025
Phone: 310-473-2951

 

KHAJA MOHIUDDIN , DVM CVA
HUNTINGTON PETS BIRDS EXOTICS
535 WEST HUNTINGTON DRIVE
MONROVIA , CA 91016
Phone: 626-357-2335 

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Please visit this site to find out more about Holistic Veterinarians:

 

www.ahvma.org

 

this is what my trainer wrote to me == I would highly reccomend a Holistic Veterinarian because not only do they have a degree as a DVM, but they also specialize in other, natural or alternative healing practices and generally are more educated regarding Nutrition and treat the causes of health problems, not just the symptoms.
 

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MEE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DETAILED INFO!!! Those are close enough to me if I can't find any in my area. Redlands is near Loma Linda/San Bernadino/Riverside. I know no one has heard of it. I'm so leaving this place in a year!
 

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Originally posted by DiDi@Apr 20 2005, 06:19 PM
MEE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DETAILED INFO!!!  Those are close enough to me if I can't find any in my area.  Redlands is near Loma Linda/San Bernadino/Riverside.  I know no one has heard of it.  I'm so leaving this place in a year!
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i just mapquested Redland and yeah, its near Riverside, (my breeder lives in Riverside county)
all the vets i listed are in the LA area, all of them are too far from you, isnt it?


u should interview the vet u visit and must ask him/her if they specialize in toybreeds like maltese...also if your gonna neuter Mushu, ask what kind of anesthsia he/she uses (must be isoflorine)

if they dont use it, go to a different vet
 

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I'm certainly no expert but I started with the yellow pages and narrowed down the 5 most convenient places to where I lived. I called each one and "played dumb" (not too big of a stretch) and said that I was getting a puppy and what should I expect for my first few visits?

I paid attention not just to what information they gave but how they shared it. Did they seem distracted? friendly? willing to talk? Most offered prices over the phone. Three of them were very close in cost, one was outrageous expensive and the other was more low-cost.

Then when I narrowed it down to the two I liked best, I just showed up un annouced to look at the facility. Was it clean? organized? Lots of people waiting?

I checked on things like do they do lab work in house or send it out?

What is their policy for emergencies? do they refer to specialists?

How long of a wait to get an appointment?

So far, I'm happy with my choice.
 

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I just walked into all the ones that were local looked around the picked the one that had a waiting room full of toy dogs lol I figured if so many people bring there small dogs there the vets should know about the special care they might need
 
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