Canine Annual Question?

I have a question about canine annuals, and would preffer answers by techs or vets, but if you happen to know please share :). I was wondering what is required by the vet during an annual. For example, at the vet I work at, we do everything. Shots, checking lungs/heart and other organs, teeth check, shots, fecals, blood work, etc. If they haven’t been on heartworm preventative we check for that too. However, my dogs went to a different vet (I’m a volunteer so I don’t get a discount), and I was sorely disappointed. We had to ask the vet to check the heart/lungs and we told him about one of them limping and an infected foot. (We have been getting shots at a “traveling” clinic the past few years, and the doctors at our usual place have changed) His reply was “It’s infected. Just keep doing what your doing.” I’m taking them to the vet I volunteer at (haven’t been there long so I kept them at their vet) from now on. I’ve learned my lesson about trusting vets that I USED to use all the time 🙁
I just want to know what they are responsible (by law, if there is a law for this) for without us TELLING them what to check.
PS. The vet didn’t administer the vaccines, the techs did and the vet wasn’t in the room or nearby. They charged an extra $50 to have the vet tell us what we already knew (the infection and dry skin issue).
Thank you for your time and help. I really appreciate it!

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4 Responses to “Canine Annual Question?”

  1. gene says:

    I might not be the kind of respondent that you want but here goes.
    With the exception of surgery and diagnostic testing, I do all of my own vet work for my dogs and have been doing it for more than 35 years. As far as I know, there are no regulations that require certain testing of dogs, any more than there are for doctors treating humans patients (my day job is in health care).
    Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that because you are paying more or the people seem to be doing more that you are getting better care, either for veterinary care or health care, you are just paying more. The quality of care depends on who is doing it not on how much it costs.

  2. Patty says:

    I believe every state has a Veterinary Practice Act or some equivilent as well as a Veterinary Examining Board that oversees the laws. Laws vary from state to state but there are usually minimum standards outlined in each. What a technician is allowed to do also varies from state to state, along with what a Certified or Licensed Technician may do vs. an unlicensed tech.
    Each individual practitioner can build on the minimum standards as he wishes. If you seek ‘low cost’ clinics than you probably are not going to receive the same treatments offered as in a higher end clinic. You get what you pay for…usually.
    If you are working at a clinic (or volunteering) for the first time then you are just starting to educate yourself to the different levels of care that can be offered. Keep your eyes wide open.

  3. deb.peg1 says:

    If the vet where you volunteer (sounds like a great vet) is not willing to give you some sort of discount or let you work in exchange for their services, then ask them to recommend a reliable, more affordable vet. Ask your friends or neighbors who have pets who they use. Check on the Internet for vets in your area. Call them and ask them for their fee schedule and what an annual checkup includes/costs.
    I agree with you that you should not have to tell them what to do.
    That I know of, there is no law which requires a vet to do any more than you ask them to do, but they should offer more than what you’ve been receiving. I would never take my dog back to a vet who said my dog had an infection and to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”
    When friends and relatives have talked about getting a dog, I remind them if you can’t afford the vet, you can’t afford the pet. Our canine companions rely on us and we have a responsibility to them.

  4. Nickname says:

    I don’t think there are any laws requiring vets to do complete physicals during yearly exams. All vets are not alike. I went to about six vets with my dogs before I found one I really liked. One was great for doing everything, but I soon learned that they were doing far more than was necessary to pad the bill. I brought in a puppy with a cold and they wanted to keep her overnight on I.V. and charge me $1500. I declined, took her home and she was fine. So doing more isn’t always the right thing either. The one I ended up with was one who stayed in the room, didn’t act hurried, explained everything, answered every question completely and took all of my concerns seriously. Unfortunately, he sold his practice and although his replacement was good, I had to make several trips and finally insist on x-rays for one of my dogs who was in pain before the problem was found.
    It’s much like choosing a doctor for yourself. They aren’t all the same, and it’s important to find a vet that treats your animals the way you want them to.

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