Second Opinion Question?

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  1. PoodleMommy

    PoodleMommy Yorkie Love

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    *mods feel free to move, dont know where to put this*

    I have a question, do you think a vet gets offended when you get a second opinion? Has anyone ever gotten a second opinion on something but stuck with your vet?

    We have used the same vet for awhile and overall I really like the place and have no issues.

    However, ever since I got Chloe pretty much I have felt like something is wrong with her kidneys... she pees A LOT and it is very dilute... she has had urinalysis done at the vet and they agree her specific gravity is about as close to water as you can get but they dont think anything is wrong and dont really want to pursue anything else. On the other hand I am a basket case and want something done NOW, lol.

    I recently got a second opinion but it was from a cousin who doesnt live near me... so now I need to call my vet and tell him to run these tests that the "second opinion" said to run.

    Do you think the vet will be offended? or are they used to this sort of thing?

    I really dont like confrontation, haha... but obviously Chloe's health has to trump my lack of confrontation skills, right?
     
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    Labyrinth New Member

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    I'd just tell him you did research online, and you'd like to have the tests done. I do it to my vet all the time. I can't say whether your particular vet will take offense, but my vet knows I'm neurotic about my pets and he always goes out of his way to explain every last detail and answer any questions or concerns I have with what he's doing. He's still very friendly with me, so I'd have to assume he's okay with it.
     
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    I did one better, I made my mom call and do the dirty work, HAHA! I feel like Im in high school making my mom call the mean teacher for me or something.

    She said they were nice about it, so I guess they didnt mind.
     
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    but that's why God made moms!!!!
     
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    my mom still does that for me. I call her all the time and tekll her whats going on and she will cuss someone out for me LOL
     
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    thats my philosophy.
     
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    Usually when you get a second opinion you go somewhere else and they would run the tests. In this case it was just suggestions for further things to look into, not necessarily a second opinion. I don't think they should be offended about that! I agree, it's just like if you were on the internet trying to read up on the situation and found some suggestions of tests.

    I think they might be upset if they found out you went to another vet and they did tests, and because of their efforts and the lack of efforts from the first vet you decided to switch (which I did with my first vet) - but in that case, it's their fault for not continuing to look at the situation. They lost your business because they didn't do stuff, so, well, it's fair. =P
     
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    That's why I've always loved the 2 clinics I've always go through . Both established in the 50s with many qualified vets to enter if there's a question , With my IB ( brain tumor ) my #1 vet on case wanted to try more things . I finally asked her to have the other 4 to observe and give option . They all advised that there was no hope . My #1 vet hated to give up , but it was the best for IB.
     
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    I've never done it with my dog - vet, because I have the lowest maintenance dog on the planet. But I do it pretty regularly with the horse, medical marvel that he is. I don't know if the vets actually care, but I've never had one act upset or offended by it. Heck, a girl I know has her father coming in to town to visit tomorrow, and he's an equine vet. Never met the man, but am going to try and get an appointment to have him look at Tristan's foot. Sometimes, it's not so much a matter of who is right and wrong for me, it's a matter of a different pair of eyes that may see something differently. Vets are human, too.
     
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    Well, I would think it should be a normal thing when it comes to a major medical issue just like with people. If I were diognosed with something and my doctor either said there is nothing they can do, or if the doctor wanted to take drastic actions I feel may not be neccecary, I am going to get a second opionion and I think most folks would. So I don't see where the vet should have a problem with it.
     
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    Well I guess he did have a problem, the vet called back and said he will not do the test I asked for, which is just another urine test but looking for a specific protein in the urine... he says it is not necessary, so he wont do it... Kind of makes me change my opinion of him but I dont really know what to do or where to go from here.

    I mean if I am paying for it I dont see the harm in just doing it for me... its only a matter of sending the urine out for me, its not some major procedure.

    Its soo frustrating because I really feel like something is wrong with her and the vet refuses to take it seriously, UGH!
     
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    If a vet were refusing to run a noninvasive test, I'd probably go to another vet for a different opinion. I can see not doing something invasive if a vet feels there's nothing wrong, but refusing to send out a urine sample seems ridiculous.

    At the very least, I'd feel uncomfortable enough with my vet after something like that that I'd probably switch anyway.
     
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    Ok, I work at a vet clinic and I gotta say that we even send things off for a 2nd opinion. If we feel iffy about a test result, we will send it off somewhere else. If the lab got upset with us for doing that...just plain rediculous.

    If your vet gets upset that you wanted a 2nd or even a 3rd opinion...go someplace else. It would be very unprofessional for them to be mad at you. Remember, you are the client and they should give you 100% respect (unless you don't deserve it LOL).

    I believe wholeheartedly that you should have a great relationship with your vet and if they get upset about something like that then there must be something wrong there.

    Thats just my 0.02 about it.
     
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    I have to agree. If he's refusing to run a non invasive test that you are perfectly willing to pay for, I'd look for a new vet. You know your pets better than he does.
     
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    well I am glad other people agree with me... sometimes I wonder if I am just neurotic.

    I totally understand a vet not wanting to do something invasive but this is sending out a urine sample, thats as non invasive as you can get, the dog is gonna pee anyway.

    There WAS protein in her urine, everyone agrees on that... I want it sent out to have a lab analyze the protein, he put her on clavamox for 30 days and wants to wait and see.
     

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