Why you shouldn’t use two vets

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Why you shouldn’t use two vets

It is generally not recommended to use more than one veterinary practice, and this is also recommended practice by the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons.  We have a single vet policy for continuity of care, taking responsibility for the healthcare and keeping medical records all in one place for looking at “the big picture”.

Why we won’t see other vet’s clients…

If you’re on holiday and can’t get to your usual vet, then we will do our best to help you out and communicate with your regular vet as to what work we’ve done.

Generally we won’t see clients who are registered at another practice in the local area, your pet’s health care is a serious issue and your vet is like your G.P. You should only have one who knows and has documented your complete medical history and ailments and will take responsibility to make sure you get the correct treatment required.

As well as that, we believe it to be unethical to “poach off” other vet’s clients.

It is of utmost importance to have an honest and trusting relationship with your vet to ensure you get the best possible results in times that are usually quite stressful when your pet is unwell.

Avoidance of contra-indicative medications is also important to prevent over medicating. See story below.

We have often sadly seen clients who “flip” between vets getting incorrect treatment,

  1. “Toby” is taken to Vet1 and diagnosed with low blood pressure and medications are dispensed.

A week later “Toby” seems normal in regards to blood pressure (because of the medication) but has difficulty with laboured breathing. On this day, It’s more convenient to go to the vets which is closer to work. Vet2 looks at “Toby” and diagnoses a condition similar to asthma. Medication is dispensed and the client goes home having forgotten about the blood pressure meds from last week.

The following day, “Toby” starts to have fits after breakfast and starts vomiting blood, has trouble breathing, his heart is racing and he can’t stand up or go for a walk.

Guess what? The medications have worked against each other and has a negative result.

“Toby” is rushed in to the vet and seen immediately, while other clients who have booked appointments have to wait and become disappointed. Other scheduled procedures for the day are postponed for later causing those pets the extra distress of being in kennels away from their families for longer than planned.

“Toby” needs to have a blood test, a blood pressure test and an Xray to find out what’s going on and spend the day on fluids to rehydrate after the vomiting to get back to being ok.

All in all several hundred pounds that wouldn’t need to be spent, “Toby” got sick when he didn’t have to and the whole family was worried and stressed. And other clients were disappointed at having to wait, just because it was more convenient to pop in to the other vets that day.

It is often also the case too now that the client believes Vet2 has incorrectly diagnosed and gets blamed for doing so, and the client now tells their friends and neighbours (and social media too!) about the terrible experience they had and how much it cost them, when in reality, it’s their own behaviour that has made their dog sick and cost them money.

If the clients had gone back to Vet1 in the first place, then Vet1 would have known about the heart condition and diagnosed that a lower dose of the initial medication would have been appropriate saving time, money, heartache and stress for everybody concerned.

To find out more and to speak to one of the team

Call: 01206 384999