Pet owners. Do you have a "regular vet" or do you just use a "regular clinic" or do you "find someone when you need someone"?

Bignuf Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years (usually for life). Other people, I work with, just take the dog to the nearest office when they need something and have zero long term relation with a vets office. I wonder how many people do which?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I have a regular vet who knows my pets well.
SMichelle , nikki0668 , Wicked Wahine , shorejen9 , kaykay0427 , captainsgirl , purpledesert , XxFallenAngelxX , misterazor , Rossie , indiglo , pcv , DigitalSweety , Allstars316 , Living Doll , Darling Jen , Eva Schwaltz , TransMarc , happywaffle34 , charmedtomeetyou , Terri69 , spiced , Rory , tortilla
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I have a regular clinic I use, but they have a few vets. All know me, however.
Bignuf , sassyNsensual , falalena , Trysexual , mjtheprincess
5
I use a clinic regularly, but the vets may come and go. Not sure who will care for my pet on any visit.
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1
I just use whatever clinic is nearby or open. No relationship on a regular basis.
EmuLove , FLIPxMODE , butts , xscorpiox , Katelyn , Flower1
6
I don't go to the vet, since my Llama's won't get in the car. The vet comes to me.
brevado , DigitalSweety , JackRaiden
3
Other?
SecondStory , richsam , kaykay0427 , hjtee , comatose-kitty , Bleu , sunkissedJess , jfree
8
Total votes: 47 (45 voters)
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Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
My three dogs and my other pets are all cared for by a local clinic that has been there for years. The vets all know our dogs well, and we get very personal and great treatment. We even have their "home" numbers, as "regulars" and so in an emergency, we don't have to use the "local emergency vet clinic", but instead we can call their vet "on call" and they will meet us anytime (after hours) and help our pets if needed. It's great.
02/03/2013
SMichelle SMichelle
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
I have one vet that I go to for my cats, and have been going to for years now. My parents bring their cats to her, as well. I enjoy that she knows me and my animals.

I have another one that I use specifically for my sugar gliders (my cats vet isn't able to treat exotic animals).

In the past, I've tried just seeing any vet that was available in an emergency, but I ended up getting ripped off by about $500... From now on, I stick to the ones I know.
02/03/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I take my cats to the same vet hospital that my family has been using since the 1940's. There have been only a few changes in the vets & they know our whole family & everyone's pets.
02/03/2013
falalena falalena
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Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
it is much better to stick with a veterinarian you know and have built a relationship with. for your pets health, and they will be more willing to go the extra miles for your pet. you may get freebies or discounts too, but i didnt say anything!
02/03/2013
shorejen9 shorejen9
We have a vet we go to with both our animals and have been for ten years. He knows is and the animals so we don't have to repeat ourselves each time. Makes things faster and easier.
02/03/2013
richsam richsam
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Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
i do use a reg vet but he dont no me or my pet he has only been there maybe 4 times in 7 yrs
02/03/2013
EmuLove EmuLove
It depends on the situation. When it is an emergency it is whoever is closest or cheaper. For shots we take the kitties to our regular clinic. Our poor kitty had an Aural Hematoma and we couldn't afford to take him to the vet so my mother in law took him to hers. It is better now but I am glad we got it fixed.
02/03/2013
kaykay0427 kaykay0427
I use the same vet for all my animals but I don't go there unless there is a health concern. so we hardly get to know the staff or the vet... I can't afford 100 -300 dollars every 6 months...
02/03/2013
hjtee hjtee
I live in a place where there is no permanent vet or clinic, no animal care whatsoever. So whenever the travelling vet truck comes in, we take everyone in for a check up, because they rarely come up this way!
02/03/2013
comatose-kitty comatose-kitty
I dont have pets
02/03/2013
purpledesert purpledesert
I have a regular vet and an emergency clinic. Both know my dog well, probably the emergency clinic moreso.
02/03/2013
Bleu Bleu
I go to a clinic where my friend works but we don't go often because it's SO expensive to take animals to the vet. I don't understand why it can be an automatic $200 when I take my cat to the vet sometimes and nearly nothing is wrong with him.
02/03/2013
FLIPxMODE FLIPxMODE
i used whoever.
02/03/2013
butts butts
My cat has only had to go to a vet once thankfully, just to get fixed and shots. She's very very healthy and active and I have multiple friends with experience in the veterinary field so she's usually taken care of. If I do need to take her in, I'll just find a local vet, wherever I'm living at the time.
02/03/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
Our entire family has been going to a certain one for years. We adore him.
02/03/2013
misterazor misterazor
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Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
better to keep one who knows your pet.
02/03/2013
xscorpiox xscorpiox
i dont have a regular vet.
02/03/2013
Rossie Rossie
My pooch has been going to the same vet since he was a puppy.
02/03/2013
indiglo indiglo
All my guys have had the same vet forever. In fact, with the dogs & cats, I've actually had 3 generations of pets going to the same vet. He's great, and I like that everyone there knows me and knows my pets. You get better service that way, and the vet is also aware of on-going issues.
02/04/2013
jfree jfree
I don't take my pets for regular check ups (lack of money, etc) but the vet I take them to does know me since I've been seeing him for years.
02/04/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
We have a vet that knows are dogs
02/04/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
I have a regular vet I go to.
02/04/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Reg vet
02/04/2013
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I take my dog to the vet regularly but when I had cats, I only let them get treated when they were young.
02/04/2013
TransMarc TransMarc
We used to go to different vets, but since our oldest dog was very sick (and died ) we go to the one who helped him die better and also helped us with the little one's education and dog vaccines.
02/04/2013
happywaffle34 happywaffle34
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I notice more and more of these "clinics" like VCA and PetSmart shop clinics, where the vets come and go frequently. Many are "chains". Very different from the "one vet" who knows my pets and has cared for them for years ... More
I have a regular vet who knows my pets well.
02/04/2013
mjtheprincess mjtheprincess
My clinic has different vets who specialize in different things. (For my horses that is. My dogs have just one old man who knows them excellently).
02/04/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
We go to the same vet office, and see the same vet. He gets to know the animals well, and it has a nice caring feeling to it.
02/04/2013
Terri69 Terri69
I have a regular vet
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