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Offline PinkiePie

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My Experience at Westside Animal Clinic, in Worcester
« on: November 25, 2011, 10:33:15 AM »
I found some odd bumps on Pinkie, and went to go get them checked. The woman at the front desk was a pain to deal with, and wasn't very understanding. I was worried about how the actual vet would be, but I was wrong!

As of today, some of her scabs were gone but the ivermectin overall did nothing. The vet checked her and checked one of the scabs under the microscope. She said that no, it didn't look like ectoparasites but kind of the sebacious bumps dogs get.

Pinkie's been sneezing for a week or so also, so she got her lungs checked as well. Her lungs sound clear according to the vet, and she suspects one or both problems may be linked to what I wash my liners in. She warned me against pine and cedar bedding as a precaution, which I really appreciated. She said that overall Pinkie's scabs look like, well, scabs, either just naturally occurring or from a tussle with her sister, so unless her coat loses luster (which Pinkies is gorgeous) or she gets itchy I should finish my last week of ivermectin for the heck of it and just keep an eye on it.

She knew at least a good deal about rats and handled Pinkie very well. She didn't seem familiar with the use of deworming paste with rats, but recognized that it could totally work and knew how long to treat.

The one thing that I wondered about was her ideas of what was contagious and what was not. She said that she doubted Pinkie had a URI, and claimed they were contagious (I am not sure how true that is, and would have questioned it but the vet said her lungs sounded crystal clear, so I decided not to make a deal of it) so if one got sick, both should. She also asked if I noticed mites on the cat in case they transferred from my rats, or if anyone in the house had a cold that they could have given Pinkie. I don't think things are as communicable as she thinks they are, but I am glad that she at least considered every possibility no matter how remote.

Overall our vet at Westside Animal Clinic in Worcester, Dr. Klingener, was a pretty good vet. She was very nice and I felt very comfortable with her. She seemed to be pretty knowledgeable as far as small animal vets go. She didn't seem to know /everything/, but she was very intuitive and seemed like the kind of person who would be willing to learn and work with you, and take advice if need be. I would definitely recommend her to people in central Massachusetts. She seemed like a solid middle of the road vet, the kind who didn't know everything but was willing to learn.

(Oh, and the appointment only cost me 30 dollars, which I thought was pretty reasonable.)

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Re: My Experience at Westside Animal Clinic, in Worcester
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 10:38:56 AM »
It's always nice to see positive reports on vets.  :)

ETA:  And I'd definitely rather have a vet who considered every possibility than one who will consider none...

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Re: My Experience at Westside Animal Clinic, in Worcester
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 02:58:57 PM »
Sounds awesome!

MY vet is very similar. She has some odd, outdated ideas about a few things, but I think maybe that's just what they teach them in veterinary school? But she's great with the rats and always knows what's wrong.

I'd definitely take a vet like that over someone not knowledgeable any day.

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Re: My Experience at Westside Animal Clinic, in Worcester
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 03:10:19 PM »
Yeah unfortunately it seems a few things they teach in vet school are a bit off.  What's important is that they are fairly knowledgeable about treating them and willing to learn what they don't know.  Sounds like a keeper ;).