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Old 12-27-2005, 11:24 AM   #1
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I have read many of your posts that say your vet is breeder friendly, meaning that they will work with you on prices and so on.. My question is How do you find one?? I think I asked this question in the past, but I don't remember receiving an answer.. My vet is obscene with her prices and she doesn't work with me at all, When I told her I was doing my own vaccinations , she looked at me like I was a sick-O, until I told her that I actually went to school to be a vet tech (in the year of the flood) but I I have a certificate saying I am trained..
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Karen,
I feel you.

I had the same problem several yrs back. My vet was a good vet in general, but didnt like the fact that I gave my 2nd round of vacs myself. I always get their first round at the vet on their 2nd puppy visit and after that I give my own. Some of them do frown upon it, not because you are doing anything wrong...it's perfectly legal to vaccinate any dog or cat that you own at the time...but I think some of them see it as taking away from their sales. It took me a long time to find my vet who just happend to be a reproductive spec. too. I found her by chance because I saw a new vet business about to open near my home, I wandered in one day out of curiosity and she came out and talked and talked with me. I've been no where else since. I would say to just keep looking and trying different vets in your area. Explain to them your intentions up front and that you are very serious about what you are doing and let them know that if they aren't going to be acceptive of what you are doing, you will find someone who is. Sometimes you just have to be blunt. Best wishes!
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Price should never be a factor in selecting a vet. His qualifications should be your first and foremost concern in treating a toy breed dog. One can cut corners in their breeding program by learning how to do many things on their own. To expect a vet to discount their pricing because you are a breeder is not unlike asking a doctor to discount their office call visits.

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I have read many of your posts that say your vet is breeder friendly, meaning that they will work with you on prices and so on.. My question is How do you find one?? I think I asked this question in the past, but I don't remember receiving an answer.. My vet is obscene with her prices and she doesn't work with me at all, When I told her I was doing my own vaccinations , she looked at me like I was a sick-O, until I told her that I actually went to school to be a vet tech (in the year of the flood) but I I have a certificate saying I am trained..
It's amazing what some vets charge. That's why I use 3 different vets. For some things, I'll use my more expensive vet but for tail docking/dew claws, I use a cheaper vet since it is a simple procedure.
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Price should never be a factor in selecting a vet. His qualifications should be your first and foremost concern in treating a toy breed dog. One can cut corners in their breeding program by learning how to do many things on their own. To expect a vet to discount their pricing because you are a breeder is not unlike asking a doctor to discount their office call visits.

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I agree with you totally except that I and many others however are perfectly capable and have much knowlegde on vaccinating my own brood and I don't consider it cutting corners as I have to buy the vaccines anyway from my vet. Administering them is my option as a breeder.

My vet does give a breeder discount on many services if she sees you as a serious breeder. I guess it just depends on the individual vet.
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It's amazing what some vets charge. That's why I use 3 different vets. For some things, I'll use my more expensive vet but for tail docking/dew claws, I use a cheaper vet since it is a simple procedure.
It is amazing. Some vets in my area charge a whole lot more than one 5 miles down the road. (we have 3 in a 5 mile radius) My vet is actually one of the most expensive in my area, but I really like her as a person regardless to her prices. Her knowledge and help to me has been priceless. I was happy to find a vet that understood me as a breeder and didn't see me as trying to cut corners or taking away from her money. She gives me a discount on many services which is great and anyone, rich or poor would take advantage of if it was offered to them I believe.
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A good vet is worth their weight in gold...my friends and I have been thorugh some terrible times with vets who hated breeders...or the "Mayo" client type.
Having recently moved to another state, finding a good vet was not easy. I have one I like, she breeds Doxies, but she is too high IMO...but since I do not have a kennel, I will go to her for most things.

Today, I drove to Ft Lauderdale to a Yorkie vet to get Kate's 6 month check up and puppy teeth removed..she had two impacted molars, that I did not see..I knew she had double canines..(it is so important for a mouth check at 6 months.) Anyway, this vet was very reasonable and he likes breeders and agility people.

Sometimes I read the Commerical breeders forum...they talk prices and it is unbelivable how cheap it is in the Midwest. There are breeders who paid as little at $50 for a c-section, day or night. One was complaining his new vet is charging $65..

I pay for an office visit, but not take a dog...I want to talk to the vet before I need them. I ask for referrals from other breeders also. Go and meet the vet, tell them what you are all about and what your goals are..I ask if they want me as a client knowing I breed/show etc..some are honest and say no, they do not cater to breeders, no ER, no discounts..fine, I go to the next one.

No one will replace my Md vet..75 yrs old and still got out of bed in the dead of night to come to my house or the office if I needed him...there will never be another like him. The new, young vet that he has recently sold his practice to, told me he does no emergancies and he perfers no breeders as clients.
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Those of you who know what it is like to have more than one animal and also has the knowledge to be able to preform many of the tasks a vet does, like vaccinations, toe nail clipping, giving medications, etc., know I'm not looking to cut corners. I love my fur babies and would never, ever cut a corner to save money. What I looking for is a vet who will work with me on certian things.

I started to type examples, but I decided against that as I don't have to get anyone to agree with me as to why I'm looking for a breeder friendly vet, I'm just looking for one.

So if you know a way to search other than call all the vets in my area I would appreciate the help.
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PS: If I didn't do some the these things myself I could never sell my puppies as reasonably as I do., and then I would be asking like double.
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Those of you who know what it is like to have more than one animal and also has the knowledge to be able to preform many of the tasks a vet does, like vaccinations, toe nail clipping, giving medications, etc., know I'm not looking to cut corners. I love my fur babies and would never, ever cut a corner to save money. What I looking for is a vet who will work with me on certian things.

I started to type examples, but I decided against that as I don't have to get anyone to agree with me as to why I'm looking for a breeder friendly vet, I'm just looking for one.

So if you know a way to search other than call all the vets in my area I would appreciate the help.
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PS: If I didn't do some the these things myself I could never sell my puppies as reasonably as I do., and then I would be asking like double.

I understand why you are looking for a breeder friendly vet. Believe me!!
Other than going to each vet in your area and speaking with them, I really don't know anything else to tell you . Trial and error I guess. And you should use one that you feel comfortable with. Prices are what they are. Good vets who open their doors without judgement to breeders are priceless. Besides, alot of their business depends on the puppies that the small hobby breeders are producing. It's the truth. I have 4 past clients who use my vet religiously due to me referring her to them. They really don't make that much off of Mr. Jone's rabbit down the street or little Sally's hamster. So I think most of them should welcome a caring breeder with open arms I know I would.
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A good vet is worth their weight in gold...my friends and I have been thorugh some terrible times with vets who hated breeders...or the "Mayo" client type.
Having recently moved to another state, finding a good vet was not easy. I have one I like, she breeds Doxies, but she is too high IMO...but since I do not have a kennel, I will go to her for most things.

Today, I drove to Ft Lauderdale to a Yorkie vet to get Kate's 6 month check up and puppy teeth removed..she had two impacted molars, that I did not see..I knew she had double canines..(it is so important for a mouth check at 6 months.) Anyway, this vet was very reasonable and he likes breeders and agility people.

Sometimes I read the Commerical breeders forum...they talk prices and it is unbelivable how cheap it is in the Midwest. There are breeders who paid as little at $50 for a c-section, day or night. One was complaining his new vet is charging $65..

I pay for an office visit, but not take a dog...I want to talk to the vet before I need them. I ask for referrals from other breeders also. Go and meet the vet, tell them what you are all about and what your goals are..I ask if they want me as a client knowing I breed/show etc..some are honest and say no, they do not cater to breeders, no ER, no discounts..fine, I go to the next one.

No one will replace my Md vet..75 yrs old and still got out of bed in the dead of night to come to my house or the office if I needed him...there will never be another like him. The new, young vet that he has recently sold his practice to, told me he does no emergancies and he perfers no breeders as clients.
The vet that I took Gracie to the morning of her eclampsia attack is 90 years old. You have to yell a little for him to hear you but he's got so many years of experience behind him. He's a sweet ole man and he's not out to get your money.

When a friend had a c-section done on her yorkie, he charged her under $200 versus the $500 everywhere else. He's the one that does my pup's tails and he charges 1/4 the price that every other vet charges. Do I trust him, yes, I do. The only thing that scares me is his age because I know he won't be around forever.
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Dr Pete, my "old" vet told me I had to learn to do alot of stuff myself. IF I did not, then I could not afford to breed. So he taught me to give shots, dock tails/declaws, clean anal glands, cut nails, pull ear hair and clean the ears properly.
There is nothing wrong in doing waht you can yourself..infact it is wise IMO. Nothing worse then having to take a newborn litter outdoors in the winter for tail docking..or a crowded client for shots. JMO
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Thank you Pat, Robbie and Kimberley, These are the replies I look forward to reading. I do have many vets here in my own home town, I ask people all the time who they use and I have used three of them myself, Still not real happy, but there is a newer one about 8 -10 miles away and I think I'll take a ride up there tomorrow and speak with him/her. I'll let you know!!
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You know Pat if it weren't for you, I wonder where I would be?? You are a doll, wish we lived closer.
Now, I'm still not sure about the tail docking, not sure if I could do it, Maybe if I saw someone first...
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There is nothing wrong in doing waht you can yourself..infact it is wise IMO. Nothing worse then having to take a newborn litter outdoors in the winter for tail docking..or a crowded client for shots. JMO
You're right about getting them out in the cold, but I'm so squeemish, I don't know that I could do it myself. Everything else is not a problem.
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