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    Cool Strange lady & a vet

    I'm gonna begin with this, I have an awful memory & tend to ramble. We shall now begin...


    When I first got to work, I was taking Chubbs out to go potty before we went into the store. Then some woman came into the parking lot & slammed on her brakes, put the SUV in park, left it running & came running out. She ran over to us yelling: a baby bully, omg, and on my Stella's 1 year passing anniversary! She grabbed Chubbs, picked him up & started hugging, kissing, & playing with him as if he was hers. I was sad to hear about her bully's passing but put down MY bully you complete stranger!!! I was completely dumbfounded. We always seem to attract crazy people around here.

    But then something good happened...
    We got a free consultation from a specialist! At first I didn't know the guy was a vet, thought he was just another bully lover. He finally mentioned who he was. I slowly told him everything, who my regular vet is, what she said is wrong with Chubbs, the specialist she recommended... everything. I was happy to hear that my regular vet is spectacular (like I didn't already figure that out, lol). Also, the specialist our vet recommended is one of the best in the area but overpriced for the area.

    Okay, so the vet that stopped into my work literally gave me a free consult. He checked Chubbs' eyes & felt for his testicles (1 has finally dropped & the other is on it's way down, yay, lol.) He told me exactly what he does in surgery, gave his recommendations, and what he would charge. No payment plan but hubby & I were approved for care credit, which this vet accepts.
    Yes, he gave me his business card & of course I looked him up. I looked at reviews & everything. He's been specializing in dogs with smushed faces.
    And to think I was gonna let Chubbs stay at home today, ha!


    So Dr. M explained everything.

    Eyes: he takes out 60% of the duct leaving just enough for the body to make it's own tears thus no daily eye drops, hopefully. He'll be able to fix the entropion (eyelash issue) & the right eye which he said the name but can't remember ... starts with an 'o' I believe. Dr. M said if we don't get the eyes fixed soon, like in the next couple of weeks, it won't be good! He's been doing this surgery for years & hasn't had a client get dry eyes to date (watch Chubbs get it if we go thru with this vet.)

    Neuter: he usually suggests waiting the 6 months, preferably 10-12 months for a bully. However, with Chubbs' eye problem he suggests getting both done at the same time! But he's only 4 months (next week.) The Doc explained something about how if you get the neuter done earlier than X occurs & if you wait then Y occurs. Something about if you care/don't care about the size of his head. Make sense to anyone???

    The other thing Dr. M mentioned is that bully's need a different kind of anesthesia than other doggies. Because of their smushy faces, they need a kind where they can wake up from surgery quickly so pain medications can be administered & more importantly, they can breath. Has anyone heard of this???


    Apologies for the long post. Suggestions? Thoughts?

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    Your vet sounds like he knows bulldogs… it's very important to be extra cautious w/bully's and anesthesia. I had a bulldog that needed entropion surgery because the lashes can damage the cornea severely, they can lose their eyesight if you don't have this taken care of. He is also correct in wanting to wait until your bully is older for the neuter, it has to do w/his hormone levels… many people are on the fence about the neutering. Personally I don't plan to neuter Wally, but that is because I have had issues w/bully's and surgeries over the last couple of years. I say do your research on here and decide if you want to have both surgeries done… it comes down to personal preference, but your vet is giving you the correct information.

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    What a day! Your vet a sounds very knowledgeable about bulldogs. As far as the neutering, that's a hard choice. You can get it done now so he won't have to undergo anesthesia again, but he's still so very young.

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    You don't think this vet was on the street drumming up business for his practice? Agree with @ddnene and @bullmama.

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    Default Re: Strange lady & a vet

    how bizarre to have a vet do that... not common at all. and I agree the guy seems to know what he is talking about... yes, there is an anesthesia that is better for bullies, I am at a loss of the name right now -- neutering, tough call, but it does not impact the growth of the head, in my experience. I think every dog is differnt and as others stted, it is a personal decision
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    @ddnene Thanks for your input & time.
    @bullmama He is so young! We don't know what to do. I think we're leaning on waiting. We just dont want to hurt him. Ahhhh, such a hard decision to make!
    @rjisaterp Actually, that was the first thought I had & still have. Even if he was, what's the harm in going thru him. Clearly he knows bullys based on the info he provided, right? Or maybe he just has a really good memory when he read about them.
    @2BullyMama I know, it's super bizarre! Thus my hesitation.

    Thanks all.

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    Did you research this vet. I would check out his practice and look up his credentials


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    @Tuneybuster Yes, I've researched the vet. Googled, Google comments, Yelp, called my regular vet. The receptionist who answered the phone used to work at our local SPCA. She said he was a very nice, genuine, intelligent vet. I also found another group out of Massachusetts who uses this vet. I've sent a request to them, just waiting to hear back. The vet said he accepted care credit. My hubby & I have been approved for it thankfully. Idk what other research I can do. Suggestions?

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    Sound like you did your homework . I would wait for the response form the MA group . Sounds positive. Just an odd way of meeting a Vet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuneybuster View Post
    Sound like you did your homework . I would wait for the response form the MA group . Sounds positive. Just an odd way of meeting a Vet.


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    I'm in agreement, definitely a strange way! It's been 50-50 with the people I've told in person. Either it was meant to be or he's BS. I still don't know what to do but after all the research, I kinda believe it was meant to be. Especially since I almost didn't take Chubbs with me to work that day!

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