Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
104 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've been to two vets so far and am not satisfied.

The first vet really wasn't very knowledgeable and fecal testing cost $70. Ouch.

The second and current vet is a little better on price but likes to push Royal Canin. They haven't really solved our problems -- whether we have a food allergy or not. They do not seem to understand nutrition (as most vets don't) and think that Royal Canin is the answer. I'd like to try Raw because I am hoping that our problems will be solved. They have never brought this up with me. Their prices are pretty average for vaccinations and office visits but the flea and heartworm prescriptions are through the roof....and I will now be ordering those online and save $30.

I'd like to find a vet in Portland, OR that understands small dogs and their specific breed. Understanding the breed provides better care in terms of nutrition, common ailments and behavior.

Anyone have a vet they love and can afford? Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,946 Posts
I'm not in Portland, but have some friends with dogs who are. I can ask around if you'd like.

But why do you want a vet that understands your dog's specific breed? And what is that breed? In general, I think people get way too caught up in what's right for their specific breed (example: the foods made specifically for labradors, spaniels, etc., etc., etc.) when it's probably fine to treat a dog like other similarly-sized, similarly-aged dogs.

No sense in troubling yourself finding a vet who knows about nutrition or can provide prescriptions at reasonable prices. Feed what works for your dog and buy meds online. Do your research online, and you'll find that the vet doesn't have much to tell you. You'll find it's easiest to treat minor things yourself, anyway. I guess I'd go with an average all-around vet until some specific need presented itself, at which time I'd look into specialists (ortho, dental, whatever).
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
Top