(Closed) What? Confused – Vet question ????

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Get another vet — what happens if your dog needs to be seen ASAP because it’s sick?  You have to wait a MONTH?!

 

They might have asked about the shelter because usually if a dog is adopted at an age where it can be fixed, the shelter does that so they know no backyard breeding is going on.  So maybe she didn’t realized you’d just gotten the dog?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Very weird. I would call back and ask why they cared if my dog was from a shelter. It shouldn’t matter.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think she asked because the surgery would be covered by the adoption fee.  Maybe they only have a certain number of time slots that they will open up for spays/neuters of shelter adoptions?  I find it hard to believe that they would make a regular paying client wait a month for the spay appointment and not have anything available.

Whatever the reasoning, I work in a vet’s office, and think you should forget about that place.  I think that practice of theirs sucks.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Get another vet before she goes into heat. Our dog went into heat fairly young and lord have mercy it was a hot mess and really stressful on all of us. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Well, I’m assuming your shelter has a minimum standard of pre-adoptive care.  For example, the shelter where I got my cat did not allow any animal to leave the premises without being altered.  No spay/neuter coupons or anything like that.  They also came with at least 1 round of vaccines.  Being that she’s a puppy, the receiptionist might have asked that so she could note if the puppy needed vaccine boosters or not.  We know better than to assume that a 15 week puppy born at home has their shots, but we know what the shelter provides.  Also, if it’s free, they probably need some kind of documentation on where she came from.

Edit: I just caught that she’s nearly 6 months.  That’s ridiculous, she needs to be spayed yesterday. 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d find another vet. I’m guessing that the reason is because you have the spaying voucher and they can’t make any more money off you. A good vet is in it for the animals, not the money.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Go to a new vet… it doesn’t seem like that care much to help you guys out.

As for why she’d ask if it’s your dog.. I have NO idea. That’s just weird. My vet called Dean our dog right away, even though they knew we adopted him from a shelter.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I bet the vet only has a certain # of pro bono slots for the spay/neuter services they do for shelters for free. Call around, if your “free” offer allows it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I understand that the dog wasn’t old enough to be fixed when you got it, but maybe the vets office thinks you just got it?  I would explain to whoever answers the phone that this is your second month trying to get your dog fixed.

 

Or make a complaint with the shelter, maybe they can refer you to another vet?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would call back and say the same thing you said.. that you want to make an appointment to get your dog spayed. When they ask if she’s adopted or not, I’d simply ask why it mattered. I’d be more insistant that you’d like to get her spayed as soon as possible. If they continue to give you a hard time or refuse to schedule you, you could do one of two things: I’d either ask to speak to a manager or something, OR you could just simply call your moms vet. It is a shame that they’re making this so difficult for you. You’ll have to decide whether the headache is worth it to deal with this vet where getting your dog spayed is free or if you’d rather just pay your moms vet and get it over with.

As a side note, I adopted my dog from the SPCA. When I called to make the appointment to get her spayed the earliest they could get me in was only a mere 3 days later. They shouldn’t be that booked that they can’t fit you in at all during the month of May! I’d keep hassling them!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yes, if she’s a shelter dog they will likely do her spay surgery for free as part of her adoption fee. A lot of vets around here do those surgeries once a week, like every Wednesday morning. If you pay for it out of pocket, it’s about $450 around here for a female pup.

We chose to delay spaying our puppy, a GSD, so her skeletal system could mature more. IMO it’s much more important in larger dogs than in little ones and if I remember right, I think your pup is a little peanut. We had our girl spayed after her first birthday, but she did have two heat cycles which we were prepared for. If you chose to wait a little longer to get her spayed, be ready for her to go into heat just in case.

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