Hi, this is Liz. I just wanted to clarify the post I wrote before about Maggie getting the staples out and the aggressive dog at the vet’s office.
The examining rooms at the vet’s office open directly into the waiting area. In this case, when we exited the examining room we came face-to-face with the aggressive-acting dog and its owners. For me to engage the woman in a lecture of how she should have control over her dog would have put Maggie at risk of another fight. The quickest thing to do was to have Jamie go near the door, and for me to hustle Maggie out. The whole thing took about 5 seconds, and in between the seconds, I was thinking about how I’d like to have given that woman an earful and how I hoped Jamie wouldn’t get hurt (not necessarily in that order). However, it just wasn’t practical. I realize that writing about the incident makes it seem like it took a lot longer than it really did.
I also followed up this “staple removal” visit with a 2 page letter to Dr. Craig, the vet who started the practice, and whom we normally request when Maggie has an appointment. In this letter I expressed my concerns, disappointment, and feelings of betrayal that I trusted my dog with them and they let me down.
Dr. Craig shared the letter with his son Dr. Ben, who, in turn, called me to discuss my concerns. Dr. Ben was “on watch” when the fight incident happened while Maggie was being boarded, and thus led up to her needing the staples. Dr. Ben admitted that the waiting area scenario was becoming a problem for other patients, and offered to bring Maggie in through the back next time, or the option of me waiting in the car til I got the all-clear.
The upshot of all of this is that I am seeking to find a new vet. This decision DOES NOT COME LIGHTLY to me. I have had a doctor/patient relationship with Dr. Craig for many years, and when I was doing Greyhound rescue, he would come to my home for a house call to inoculate my fosters and adopted Greys. This is no small matter to me and I remember this well, and will be forever grateful to him. However, perhaps it is time for a change to a vet that has more experience with pitbull-type dogs.
In closing, I would ask my gentle readers to please remember that I always have Maggie’s best interests at heart. Maggie came to us from a high-kill shelter where she was the longest resident and was in danger of being euthanized. I would never knowingly put her in harm’s way.