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Old 02-10-2010, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to tell a good vet from a not so good vet

My vet told me how highly recomended it was for my 17 week old puppy to get her rabies shot & how she needed them. Told ma thee food she was on (Purina Pro Plan) was not a good food because it lacks omega 3.. (I think thats what he said, not suree ).
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello nikkie, after the pups initial shots are completed the rabbies shot is given between 5 and 6 months. Purina Pro Plan Selects is a good food and I use it for my dog with good results. Ask your vet ALL the questions you need answers for. Write them down before your visit and get the answers you need so you continue to learn as much as you can to raise your puppy with confidence. I hope you have plans to attend a training class for obediance so you know how to keep your pup safe and can continue to teach new and exciting manners to him. Good luck, and post any questions on the forum when you need help. VON.
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Most places in the US have regulations about licensing dogs, and usually there is a requirement to have a rabies vaccine in order to get the license. Here in San Diego, it's basically 4 months or when you get the dog. If I remember correctly, it was essentially the same in New York. So it isn't a matter of veterinary skill, but of law or code.

As far as the food, there is so much controversy about what makes a good commercial food, and also, what puppies do and don't require, and at/up to what age. Personally, I wouldn't ask a vet about this, because there are over 200 breeds, plus millions of mutts, and many of them have dramatically different nutritional needs. I put my faith in the discussions among long-time Doberman people, which includes vets, breeders, sports people, and all sorts of other folks - together, their feedback and experiences speak volumes to me.

I tend to judge vets on how they handle and interact with my pets, how good they are at diagnosing and reading them, how honest they are with me, and how they include me in their treatment plans and options. Foods are way too subjective (unless he tells you that you can just buy the cheapest kibble because it doesn't matter), and you can't ask a licensed professional to ignore law or mandate because of scientific controversy, until it becomes optional.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you plan to travel with the dog across boarders it needs to either be Under 3 months old or have its rabies shot.
In Canada Kilo got his rabies shot around 4 months (since I didn't need to have it to bring him across at 11 weeks). It was included with his last set of boosters.

I think my vet is a good guy, he always gives you all the options - the pros/cons of them and the price range. He does talk an awful lot though, explains everything in ridiculous detail which is a good thing I guess - a lot of the time though he gets so technical that I have no idea what he is saying, and if it isn't super important I don't ask for a clarification- we dont have all day.
This man took 30 minutes to explain Kilo's infected hair follicle and all the treatment options. Then after we decided on one, proceeded to tell me a story about his own dog. Conversation-45 minutes. You can tell he really loves animals.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Many general vets don't keep up with recent studies, they usually recommend what they sell in the office. Like lolonurse said, there are a lot of different views out there, you'll just need to read the studies, and go with what you feel comfortable with.

I'm not a fan of Purina, way to many fillers. Also, who knows what chemicals are getting pumped into the animals going into the kibble, what pesticides are on the veggies, and preservatives going in there. It's scary when you find out what is really in kibble. I've had good luck with Solid Gold, simply because I can get it locally, and they know where the animals come from that go into it. There are so many kibbles out there to choose from thou.

In regards to the omega 3, the fish meal in the chicken/rice puppy formula would have some in there, provided the fish is not farm raised and fed corn. Omega 3 is important, but it has to be balanced with omega 6 to be as effective. When livestock is corn fed, and not raised on grass/bugs/etc. the omega 6 content goes too high, and omega 3 is decreased, the ratio is out of wack. According to purina's site, Natural Turkey and Barley Formula - Products - Purina® Pro Plan®, the turkey one has Omega 3. Do your research on corn to form an opinion thou. It's the 3rd ingredient. After my own reading, I won't feed my dogs anything with corn in it, that is just my opinion thou.

You'll feel good about whichever kibble you go with after reading around, the internet is great resource Not knowing is uncomfortable.

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Purina Pro Plan "SELECTS", this is a different product than Pro Plan. VON.
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The vet told me that Purina Pro Plan causes obesity & does not have all the essential nutrients my dog needs.. is this true?
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He doesn't sell Pro Plan? hahaa! You can research foods right here on the forum. Stay away from wheat, and the protein levels shouldn't exceed 26% so that your pups growth is steady. The fat content should be around 16 to 20% also, read up on probiotics to help the immune system but don't over due any additions. Always start with small amounts of additional foods so you can see if they have a positive effect on the pup. You have alot of research to do but it's all here look into the files and take your time. What about OB classes, thats very important for you & your pup. VON.
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