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It just seems to me that if you ask a reputable OR a disreputable vet if they will work with you, their customer service instinct and desire to have you as a customer would lead them to say, "well, of course I'll work with you." They would hardly say, "I'm the vet; you're the customer; you're here for my advice and I expect you to follow it without asking questions!"
I think we are up actually against internet limitations in transmitting tone and attitude here in this discussion. I'm not saying I think you want to tell the vet you know it all,etc, nor am I suggesting that a vet should know everything about all the different species and breed of animals he deals with.
But I do want a vet who is willing to admit he is not familiar with some particular problem, and who will refer me if needed rather than mucking around guessing what a proper treatment might be with some serious condition dobermans often have, like DCM, or insisting they cannot do an operation on a carrier vW dobe without ordering in lots of extra meds, fresh frozen, whatever, thus raising the price for me for unnecessary things.
I would also expect a vet to understand a little bit about the ins and outs of when to order genetic testing and what that will tell them instead of saying to me, perhaps a customer who doesn't know any better, that an Elisa test will tell me everything I need to know.
Vets who say that they crop ears and post them afterward are all over the place--and they don't know what they are doing. The customer looses money and gets a poor product--even worse, the dog suffers needlessly. The vet should not be saying he has an expertise he does not have.
I want honest answers and honest admissions of lack of familiarity about a certain condition with my vet--it takes some due diligence on my part to find the right vet for me, but a person new to the breed or even new to dogs might not even know how to tell whether a vet is good for them, and may not know anyone to ask who can give them referrals.