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Old 20-03-2017, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks,

The topic says it all really. I'm looking for a Trustworthy, affordable vet in or within reasonable driving distance of Kings Lynn Norfolk.

Our dog is current with Vets4Pets who are just a moneymaking franchise and after multiple bad experiences have decided it's time to ditch them.

Ideally the vet will be a dog specialist and I would like the ability to see the same vet each time and not be royally ripped off just because we have insurance.

Sorry if this sounds a bit bitter, but it would great to get a genuine recommendation as I'm sure there must be some genuine vets out there.

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Hi I'm in the same area as you and regrettably its very hard to find good vets. They all seem to be part of a group now with very few exceptions and your unlikely to be able to see the same person. Bring back the old days!

Are you with Vets4pets in Kings Lynn Pets At Home? I've found that Beatriz Kapsalis, the senior vet, is excellent. I used her for an emergency eye injury recently on a Sunday and couldn't fault the service I got. I have 6 dogs and I breed so vets are very important to me. I'm registered with three different practices and I tend to use them for different things. I think Paddons in Wisbech is one of the only independent vets left in the area. All the others are part of groups.
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Hi thanks for responding,

Yes we are with Vets4Pets, every time we've been we see a different vet and they always seem knackered/not bothered. Also its very expensive and I don't think they know what they're doing. Most recently our dog had an x-ray and we stressed that last time he was put under there he was really ill for the next few days, unfortunately it was exactly the same again! Now when we took our dog to the specialist in Nottingham and he was put under he was almost fine the same day which leads me to believe they either use some really crappy anesthetic or just don't know what they're doing.

In addition to this I'm disgusted that they added on an extra "admin" charge for the x-ray to cover all their "hard work" to claim back on the insurance. It was over 500 for the x-ray and they said they were going to take multiple x-rays of his elbows from different angles when they actually only took two which were really bad quality.

The whole thing has left me very bitter, they might be good for very minor issues but I honestly don't trust them with anything more serious.

Are you able to recommend any of the vets you use? I'm really hoping someone else from the area sees this and is able to give a good recommendation.
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I obviously know nothing then. A whole lifetime training, competing and breeding labradors under my belt too! Good luck with your search.
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Hi thanks for responding,

Yes we are with Vets4Pets, every time we've been we see a different vet and they always seem knackered/not bothered. Also its very expensive and I don't think they know what they're doing. Most recently our dog had an x-ray and we stressed that last time he was put under there he was really ill for the next few days, unfortunately it was exactly the same again! Now when we took our dog to the specialist in Nottingham and he was put under he was almost fine the same day which leads me to believe they either use some really crappy anesthetic or just don't know what they're doing.

In addition to this I'm disgusted that they added on an extra "admin" charge for the x-ray to cover all their "hard work" to claim back on the insurance. It was over 500 for the x-ray and they said they were going to take multiple x-rays of his elbows from different angles when they actually only took two which were really bad quality.

The whole thing has left me very bitter, they might be good for very minor issues but I honestly don't trust them with anything more serious.

Are you able to recommend any of the vets you use? I'm really hoping someone else from the area sees this and is able to give a good recommendation.
Oh dear, it sounds like you have had a bad experience but I do think you should take up any issues with the vet who did the recent x'rays and treated your boy, if you do not then get a satisfactory response you need to take it up with the practise.

I think its likely many of us feel that at some time we have not been happy with the treatment our poorly dogs have had with our vets but I also think like humans the dogs can react very differently to certain treatments and it should be recorded for any future treatments.

I have on occasion taken advise and a 2nd opinion from another vet if I have felt uncertain about a treatment thats been suggested by my vet,[ this may not be ethical] at least I know whether to go ahead if it is something serious and I feel unsure.

You state in the thread you were not happy with the previous experience you had and went ahead anyway, then you say he was fine with another vet so I guess you had pre-warned them about effects of certain anesthetics so they were ready and able to avoid similar upsets for your boy.

Honestly many of us have seen bad side effects from the anesthetics used when our dogs have had treatment, and if its been extra worrying its been noted with the vet so it would not happen again, if they have not taken notice about your concerns then you have a case for them to answer too.

I think in future you should ask for an estimate of expected costs and details of what they are planning to do, this will atleast eliminate any misunderstanding between you and your vet.

Just my opinion of your situation.

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Hi Ettinsmoor,

I don't understand your response, you seem annoyed. I never insinuated that you didn't know anything. You mentioned you used 3 different vets and I just wanted to know if you can recommend any of them? (obviously not vets4pets!)

Fiz, we went ahead with the X-ray after being assured that the problem wouldn't happen again, but it did. It was taken up with the vet but they just apologised hence why I'm looking to leave them and find another vet.

I will keep looking and asking around, there must be a good vet out there somewhere
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http://www.millhousevets.co.uk/

Had a google for your area and like the sound of the link attached.

I would think they are worth a look, reviews are good and they offer 24 hour service.

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You mentioned cost. If you think Vets4pets were expensive you may well faint at the cost of Mill House!!

I did give you a name Mr. Paddon at Paddons Vets in Wisbech although I tend to use Charlie who is just as good.
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We took a previous dog to Mill House, you're right it's overly expensive. Another practice making as much money as it can but not quite as bad as vets4pets.

I will contact Paddons Vets in Wisbech, just out of interest why did you use vets4pets if Paddons is good?

Sadly our dog is suffering from elbow dysplasia and its getting worse the older he gets so I really could use someone who will be able to assist with giving us some guidance on how to care for him and when to give him painkillers etc.
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I would still recommend the lady that I mentioned at Vets4pets. I always see a named vet. If you ring up and make an appointment without asking for a specific vet you will always get the newest, youngest, most inexperienced vet who has no clients of his own. I know you had a bad experience so don't expect you to go back. I had a good experience with Beatriz who is the senior vet and really knows her stuff. I pick up with my dogs and after a day out on the Saturday it turned out that he had damaged his eye meaning I needed a vet on a Sunday. Most vets are difficult to get on a Sunday so Beatriz at Vets4pets, which is open on a Sunday was absolutely ideal. I could directly compare her knowledge and care with a similar injury on a different dog the previous season and her care was far superior and cost less than paying for an emergency out of hours service by any other vet in the area. So I guess you could say Beatriz is my Sunday, Out of Hours Vet, and as I pick up most Saturdays throughout the season I need a vet that is available on a Sunday. Paddons is not open on a Sunday! Equally if I rang up Paddons, on any day, and Mr Paddon or Charlie are not available I would ring up and try to see Beatriz. So really what I'm saying is that I use the vet, whose knowledge I have checked out thoroughly, rather than the practice. I also use a vet up in Holbeach but that's completely out of area for you.

I suspect you've had so many bad experiences that you are going to have to just try different vets until you find one that you feel you can work with.
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