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    Right Christine!...moving one time & our Golden had an issue so we
    went to my sister's Vet who referred to our Golden as an Irish Setter.
    Now, Chief was a gorgeous red color & very large BUT...come on!


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    One thing about my vet office that I do like are the support staff: the vet assistants, the office manager and the vet techs have always been GREAT! and very accommodating when i need to bring one of the boys in last minute. The last office i went to, the front desk was more blasť, and seemed disinterested and cold. Maybe I will explore the other two vets who are in this office I go to; like i said, I did like the dr. i saw yesterday but she's there only sporadically b/c she works elsewhere, but there's another one who i saw before a couple yrs ago that i liked so i might need to try her out too before changing offices completely. Finding the right vet is a work in progress...




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    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    My vet is thorough with the boys, but I do feel like he gets impatient with me. I am the type of person who comes loaded with information if I have a problem. Take for instance when Brutus was showing aggression toward my other dogs. I researched and researched why this could be happening and then made an appt and discussed my concerns with the vet. He immediately tried to tell me Brutus was having Focal Seizures. I said I did not think so. I then reminded him that Brutus has always been Food Aggressive and a very anxious dog and I thought It was spilling over into his personality. He is very nervous and anxious and I believed he did not know how to calm himself down and aggression was his outlet. The vet continued to tell me he didn't agree and we should start Brutus on a low dose of phenobarbitol and see how it goes. This would require blood work every three months and could cause other issues to his internal organs. I absolutely refused because I knew in my heart he was not having seizures and insisted on starting a course of Prozac instead. Well let me tell you, about 2 months in, I had a new dog on my hands, and he is still an absolute pleasure. Absolutely no signs of aggression and his anxiety level is way way down. I think the moral of this thread is, never let anyone dictate to you what is best for your dog. I don't care how long you went to school or what your qualifications are, If what you are telling me doesn't make sense, I am not doing it. I was 100% correct in knowing what was wrong and I followed my instincts and Brutus is better for it. I will never let any vet talk over me or not listen to my concerns just because he has a degree and I do not.

    Well said ! agree fully , You know your dog better then any Vet ever will !

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    I think it's rare to find a good vet. Luckily for us, we see the same vet/practice that Todd & David both see, along with a few other members here!. We absolutely love them, and Tyson does great with them too. I can't complain & I love that we've been seen by more than one doc there at one point & all have been so helpful & very patient with me. Not to mention their techs are amazing & so comforting. I could imagine being so frustrated if I didn't have a vet I trusted... I hope those that are still searching find a great vet. And the fact that we KNOW our breed so well through all our experiences is something most people can't say they have. Love our EBN family!


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    It also helps that they see a truckload of bulldogs on a regular basis. I can't think of the last time we took Harlea in and there weren't at least 2 or 3 other bullies in the waiting room. That and the fact they use pet portal so you can schedule appts, message the vet and see lab results are awesome.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    oh my goodness, yes, that is so WRONG. I absolutely hate it when someone tells me they will do something (like a simple phone call), and not follow thru.

    When you get a new vet how does it work...does the new vet's office call the old vet's office to get the records transferred? or do you call the old vet's office to get the records transferred to the new vet's office? just curious.
    When we moved our vet at NO COST faxed all there records of all the dogs to our new Vet , Now as the old vet is a bit PEed there might be a charge for this service but it should not be horrific or for Me I have already paid for those records screw you I want them either in my hand or faxed to the new vet .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    I'm all for steroids for certain things, but in our case- it was an overkill.

    I also had allergy testing done with her initially and the results came back saying Blue wasn't allergic to anything.
    We both knew it was wrong, but she had nothing to say about it.
    Yup 4months of steroid use is too long and would worry me too.




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    Just thinking out loud: I don't think it's unreasonable of me when I say that I would like my vet to call me up herself and follow-up with how Tate or Finn are doing. Is that asking for too much?

    For instance, with Tate's recent GI issues starting last Friday, it was the asst. who called me on Sat w/the test results, and on Monday I had a few questions for her but it went thru the vet asst. Then yesterday when i had to take Finn in, Dr.Garcia knew i was there but she didn't come out to ask me how Tate was doing. Maybe I am asking for too much. I know vets are busy but to be blunt about it, I've give this practice a ton of $$ and a simple, "how is Tate doing?" would have gone a long way with me!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine91 View Post
    It also helps that they see a truckload of bulldogs on a regular basis. I can't think of the last time we took Harlea in and there weren't at least 2 or 3 other bullies in the waiting room. That and the fact they use pet portal so you can schedule appts, message the vet and see lab results are awesome.
    Our old vet saw a lot of bulldogs too. But I think most vets here do these days, it's the #1 breed in NYC.
    But that's what makes it worse in a way, she saw lots of bullies, but had the same treatment plan each and every time.

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    Yup 4months of steroid use is too long and would worry me too.
    She was prescribing steroids every 4 months. He was on them for about 3 weeks at a time. Either way, it was too much for a growing dog. I mean the steroid craziness started when he was 4 months old.
    Last time I had Blue on them was back in January I think. I'll never allow them for a skin allergy again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    Our old vet saw a lot of bulldogs too. But I think most vets here do these days, it's the #1 breed in NYC.
    But that's what makes it worse in a way, she saw lots of bullies, but had the same treatment plan each and every time.



    She was prescribing steroids every 4 months. He was on them for about 3 weeks at a time. Either way, it was too much for a growing dog. I mean the steroid craziness started when he was 4 months old.
    Last time I had Blue on them was back in January I think. I'll never allow them for a skin allergy again.
    I can definitely see that happening for sure.
    Bulldogs are like potato chips. You just can't stop with one.

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    One size does not fit all when it comes to treating bulldogs (or any other breeds).

    When i first came to this vet her practice was 3yrs old (recommended to me by a previous EBN member who also went to her), and I don't think she had very many bulldogs...maybe 3 or 4. But I understand now she has many more, according to the vet tech. So, i think she's learned how to treat them as she gets new cases. I can't criticize her for putting Tate or Finn in a "bulldog box", i think it's more her personality and practice style that isn't the best fit for me. Sigh...it's good to let this out as i've been a tad frustrated for a few months now...




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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbullymama View Post
    Reading Riikka's ( @RiiSi) post earlier about Usko was an eye opener for me. She articulated exactly how I feel about my former vet.
    How she treated every issue my boys had as a breed issue, not as a condition specific to their health.

    For instance, her treatment of choice for Blue and Wellie always came down to steroids. They could have been steroids with antibiotics, steroids with an antihistamine, steroids in conjunction with a topical ointment, but always steroids.

    When I mentioned why always the steroids, her response was ďwhat do you have against steroids? At a low dosage and used sparingly, they shouldnít pose any problemsĒ. Ok, maybe. But Blue was on them every 4 months, thatís not sparingly.

    Then about 4-5 months ago, I took Wellie in because he had what looked like a very inflamed cyst. It was round and looked almost raw. It didnít hurt him, but within a week, it went from something small, to about 1/2Ē large in diameter.
    When she saw it, she barely took a second look. Right away assumed it was allergy related (because heís a bulldog) and put him on steroids.

    Came home, and something didnít sit right with me. I spoke with Chris and mentioned how each and every single time I take either one in, the treatment is ALWAYS the same, he said find another vet.

    So I did.
    Dr. Mclaughlen looked him over, aspirated the cyst, checked it said she believes itís a Histiocytoma and sent it off for cytology to make sure itís benign.

    Meanwhile she put him on antibiotics, oral and topical. She said Histiocytomas are not that uncommon in dogs under two, and the body should reabsorb it.
    She was right, it was a Histiocytoma. Wellieís body reabsorbed it with a month.

    She treated his condition and not his breed. For now, Iím sticking with her. I donít love that office, as itís part of a larger vet practice, but I do like her.

    I bet what happened with me and Riikka is not that uncommon.
    So, does your vet treat your bullies health issues as a breed problem, or does your vet treat each dog individually and provide treatment plans specific to their condition?

    I think this is a very important topic, something we all need to be aware of.
    Goob's first vet in Cali was pretty frustrating. He is a very popular vet in Cali and a bulldog "specialist" so I'm sure he knows his stuff but our experience with him was awful. Goob was very young and had some sort of cough. We took him in they gave him about 5 seconds of their time and sent us home with an antibiotic. We had a list of questions for them but got very vague rushed answers. Could be kennel cough. COULD? Could be a respiratory infection. COULD? It could be a bulldog thing with an elongated soft pallet. COULD?

    The cough went away with the meds but who knows if they were the cure. After Goob finished out his shots with this vet (per contract) we went to another. She was great!!!! A close friend of a close friend. We took Goob to her for a physical and for a rabies shot. We voiced our concerns of the shot to her and she ACTUALLY LISTENED! She sat on the floor with Goob for about 15 minutes before giving him the injection. She showed us where is went in, what to look for, and told us to hang around for 20 minutes just in case he reacted negatively to it. AWESOME!

    First vet in since we moved was scared of Goob, vague, and "had seen several bulldogs in his time." NEXT. Now Goob's most recent vet visit was again frustrating. The woman felt the need to tell me that bulldogs are prone to allergies, that they should be thick but not fat, that they have sensitive stomachs, and that she "never knew a bulldog that needed a muzzle" (as she looked at us like it was our fault. Never asked Goob's name, our names, about his health history, nothing. All she felt like doing was going down the list of "common bulldog health issues" and left. I was so upset. There is another vet at that same clinic who comes very highly recommended and we will be seeing him when the time comes.

    When we see people on the street, they sometimes like to tell me how unhealthy bulldogs are but I would expect a vet to look past the breed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goob14 View Post
    Goob's first vet in Cali was pretty frustrating. He is a very popular vet in Cali and a bulldog "specialist" so I'm sure he knows his stuff but our experience with him was awful. Goob was very young and had some sort of cough. We took him in they gave him about 5 seconds of their time and sent us home with an antibiotic. We had a list of questions for them but got very vague rushed answers. Could be kennel cough. COULD? Could be a respiratory infection. COULD? It could be a bulldog thing with an elongated soft pallet. COULD?

    The cough went away with the meds but who knows if they were the cure. After Goob finished out his shots with this vet (per contract) we went to another. She was great!!!! A close friend of a close friend. We took Goob to her for a physical and for a rabies shot. We voiced our concerns of the shot to her and she ACTUALLY LISTENED! She sat on the floor with Goob for about 15 minutes before giving him the injection. She showed us where is went in, what to look for, and told us to hang around for 20 minutes just in case he reacted negatively to it. AWESOME!

    First vet in since we moved was scared of Goob, vague, and "had seen several bulldogs in his time." NEXT. Now Goob's most recent vet visit was again frustrating. The woman felt the need to tell me that bulldogs are prone to allergies, that they should be thick but not fat, that they have sensitive stomachs, and that she "never knew a bulldog that needed a muzzle" (as she looked at us like it was our fault. Never asked Goob's name, our names, about his health history, nothing. All she felt like doing was going down the list of "common bulldog health issues" and left. I was so upset. There is another vet at that same clinic who comes very highly recommended and we will be seeing him when the time comes.

    When we see people on the street, they sometimes like to tell me how unhealthy bulldogs are but I would expect a vet to look past the breed.
    Finding a good vet definitely takes time, way too much time.
    Even now, while I like the vet we've been seeing, I'm not exactly in love with the staff. The vet techs make me uncomfortable, they don't seem to really love animals.
    My previous vet has the best staff. From the people that pick up the phone, to the techs- they're just great. Problem is the actual vet..lol..

    Good luck, I know it's frustrating.


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