An Extremely Negative Vet Experience
Yesterday, I was treated to the most arrogant display by a veterinarian that I have ever experienced. I never even really got to the point of discussing the reason I was there. Upon entering the exam room, the vet attacked me for the fact that they have no vaccination record for Heathcliffe.
They are correct – they do not. That is because, like many breeders, I choose to administer my own puppy vaccines. The vaccines I use are the same ones administered by many veterinarians: Duramune Max5 for Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. I administer those at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, and I do keep the records, including the Lot Number and expiration date of the those vaccines.
The reason I do this? It costs me $3.00 per vaccine. No, I didn’t forget a zero. $3.00. By contrast, I have had the experience of taking a dog to a vet for a single shot and being charged close to $50.00 when a vet tech took under a minute to administer it and hand the dog back to me.
Here’s the thing: If I can purchase the vaccines at that price, then the vets can surely get a deeper discount by purchasing in bulk. Sound like highway robbery to you? It sure does to me!
Also like many other breeders, I make use of rabies clinics when I can to help hold costs down and save money in the vet budget for times when a dog legitimately needs to be seen.
This veterinarian pretty much called me a liar straight up. She never asked me to bring records to the office — records which I keep and could and would have readily provided.
I am attaching my response to the treatment I received at this office. I would encourage any client who has been treated in such a manner to speak out.