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I'm glad I found this forum. It's now my "go to" place when I want answers for Maddie.

Before, I'd research the net, sometimes unsuccessfully, or call a guide-dog raising, kennel working friend (I hate being on the phone....and she doesnt respond to email....why have one then? Then again, why do I have a phone if I dont like it? ha) or something...

And recently, I posted a question about Maddie's skin. I had gone to the vet's w/out an appt to see if they could weigh her and just glance at her skin-even the receptionist or assistant could help, only takes a second. I hardly think it's worth a visit and who knows how much. I understand that's how they make their living, but anyway.
They weighed her (68.8 lbs) but could not get anyone to look. The Dr. came in the lobby to feed the fish I think and did not even acknowledge Maddie. Maybe he's trained not to? Maybe it's his own thing? I dont know, but they know each other-unless he forgot since he sees many dogs. Meh. Whatever.

Then I came on here, posted a picture, asked, and got answers. Quick, free, and without having to personally see Maddie.

I'm sure other people are on the same boat-come here for answers and get them, free and easy.

So, thanks.
 

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There is a wealth of very talented, very knowledgable people here. Some are old school and some new but, they all share the same goal...trying to help the dog and their owner(s) as best they can. Welcome aboard!
 

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I am new to the forum world as well but have read SO many good posts and learned so much. I really appreciate the openness and willingness to share.
 

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I, too have found this forum to be uber-helpful!

I just want to address this one point, though...

The Dr. came in the lobby to feed the fish I think and did not even acknowledge Maddie. Maybe he's trained not to? Maybe it's his own thing? I dont know, but they know each other-unless he forgot since he sees many dogs. Meh. Whatever.
Don't think too poorly of this vet for this. While I admit that he might have aknowledged your presence at least, you have to remember that this guy is a professional, being a vet is his job, what pays the bills, what he went to years of school for... if he gave diagnoses pro bono to one person, it could really backfire on him with people constantly dropping in for "just a peek".

Also, think of the legal implications: if he took a look at your dog, without the proper light, doing a thorough exam for other (perhaps hidden) symptoms, etc. and makes a diagnosis, you might have legal grounds if something were to happen as a result of a misdiagnosis. Essentially, he is covering his butt, and actually looking out for your dog's best interest as well.

Just like you wouldn't just drop in at your dentist for a quick opinion about your teeth, and you have to make an appointment to see a surgeon or specialist, you also have to make an appointment to see the vet.

My $0.02.
 
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