Isn't this a great quote to be on a vet's walls?
We recently published a post on Partners For Healthy Pets and AAHA. I met their representatives at the BlogPaws conference and was intrigued with their information. When I began searching for AAHA accredited veterinarians in our city, I was dismayed to find only three existed. After some research on each of these, I selected the one that was a good fit for Bentley and Pierre.
Bentley was the first to get to meet the new veterinarian. I called the University Veterinary Hospital to make an appointment. It was surprising that they were able to schedule us for the same day.
The first thing that I noticed when we walked inside was how pleasant and inviting the waiting
room appeared. Friendly,
smiling employees offering bottled water or coffee greeted us. That was a first; my own doctor doesn’t even
offer me these things! When I glanced
around the room, I noticed they had some of my favorite dog and pet quotes on the walls. As a
certified “quotaholic,” I knew that I was going to love this place.
Two of the fabulous staff members;
Jamie Green and Kristi Harlan
Bentley did his usual meet and greet with the staff, other patients, and anyone that walked through the door. He really should get a part-time job as a Walmart greeter. We didn’t have to wait long before someone escorted us to a room. It was spacious, chocked full of veterinarian handbooks, and had a table that lowers to the floor and rises to the vet’s level.
This is so
much easier than having to lift Bentley up on the examining table. It also features a digital scale that weighed
him once he was settled. Our previous
vet had the giant scale on the floor and he would never stand still. This caused his actual weight to fluctuate by
five pounds or more. That makes a huge
difference in a dog. There was also a window
on his level which delighted him.
Another beautiful quote adorning the reception area wall.
After a few minutes Ashley, a vet tech came in and asked all about Bentley. She was very nice and professional, but didn’t hesitate to get down and give Bentley some love. His tail never quit wagging. She got the basic information and assured us the vet would be in to see us in a few more minutes. As we sat there waiting, my husband and I discussed how impressed we were so far. If the doctor was just as awesome, we had definitely found our new veterinarian’s clinic.
Dr. Adam Foret came in and introduced himself. He shook our hands, then immediately got
down to greet Bentley. He asked us more in-depth questions about our
boy and we gave him the complete history.
Once Bentley stepped up on the table and sat down, the doctor raised it
to his height. What took place then still leaves me in awe. We watched
and listened as Bentley received the most thorough physical exam that we had ever seen.
Bentley loves Dr. Foret!
I once read on Tails and Tales about their dog’s having an eye exam. As far as I can recall, no vet has ever done more than look into our dog’s eyes. Dr. Foret was different. He actually examined Bentley’s eyes with a light, pulled down his eyelids, checked for diseases, and only found mild conjunctivitis in his right eye. He gave us the name of an over-the-counter eye drop we could use to clear it. Once he finished with the eyes, he examined his nose, mouth, teeth (we were complimented on the care we take with his dental hygiene), and his ears. From that point, I’m sure my mouth was agape.
We watched in fascination as he preceded to exam his lymph nodes, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, abdomen, and abdominal organs. He lifted each paw and bent it to check for aches or any popping. He told us that Bentley was unusual for a Basset Hound because his front feet were properly aligned. You may have seen many photos of Bassets whose feet turn out a lot. I was very proud that we didn’t have any problems and Bentley is in excellent health.
"Look! A Bentley-level window!"
I mentioned a couple of things on him that was bothering me. He has a skin tag on his chest, but Dr. Foret assured me that it was fine. If we ever have to sedate him for a dental cleaning, they can snip it off. He said that he could do it sooner, but it would strictly be for cosmetic reasons. We are leaving it alone for now. The other thing is a small knot that I could feel on his left hind leg. To be honest, I was scared it would be something serious. When he diagnosed it as a small follicular cyst, which is an ingrown hair, I gave a sigh of relief. He applied a little pressure and it emptied. This didn’t bother Bentley at all. He did tell us that it was likely to fill again and if it ever became a source of irritation, they could remove it. Whew! The two things that I was worried with was nothing I needed to be concerned about after all.
Before leaving, Bentley had his photograph made and we were handed a six-page Pet Health Report Card. It listed all of the results of our examination, some great health tips, and a brief history of the Basset Hound. We were scheduled for free six-week follow-up.
**We went for that visit yesterday morning.
Once again, Bentley and I enjoyed the visit. He even got a chew bone, which is the equivalent
to a sucker at the pediatrician.
"My vet office has treats AND tennis balls!"
If you are not satisfied with your current family pet doctor or looking for a new one, I strongly suggest you look for the AAHA accreditation seal. All AAHA clinics must meet stringent regulations and submit to a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. When it comes to pet health care, many states do not routinely inspect hospitals and clinics. They only go in for an inspection when a pet owner files a complaint. Accreditation is voluntary, but it is a rigorous and time-consuming process. Since law doesn’t require it, not every vet wants to go through the lengthy process. While nearly 60% of pet parents think their veterinary hospital is accredited, the truth is only 12 – 15% have gone through the evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association. I honestly thought the majority of pet clinics were accredited. Now that I know better, I have done better and found a terrific clinic with a wonderful staff that proudly displays their accreditation by AAHA.
Probiotics info: http://www.pet360.com/dog/health/are-probiotics-good-for-dogs/
AAHA for vets: https://www.aahanet.org/AAHA for pet parents: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/
It always makes me sad to have to re-introduce a PetSavers pup, because that means they are still homeless. Beairdsley had been at the shelter since June 18, 2011. He was only five months old when he arrived. Please share his information so he can find a forever family.
It’s Tuesday, so we are joining our pals Dogs N’ Pawz and Talking Dogs for Tuesday’s Tails blog hop. That means it’s the day to share some wonderful dogs. Their only fault is they are homeless. Please remember that sharing is caring.