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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Found a raw-friendly vet--what should I ask?

At least I think I did! Exploring our new city yesterday and drove by a place that was called the Holistic Vet--right on their website it says they're raw friendly! I'm going to call them as soon as we're settled and see if we can meet and greet, it would be great if they were accepting new kitties!

And then I got to thinking--what do you all ask when you're "interviewing" a new veterinarian? What things do you look for, and what sets off your warning bells? I'd like to walk a fine balance between holistic but well-versed in allopathic treatment.....


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 06:25 PM
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A red flag for me would be any Vet or MD who only believes that one way is right. Such as a traditional vet who dismisses holistic medicine or a holistic vet who dismisses the value of allopathic treatment.

I just saw my new vet and asked him about raw. He didn't tell me not to, but was not thrilled with the idea. Given the possibility of contamination (pointed out the current cantaloupe problem) or nutritional balance he'd rather me stick with high quality canned. Yes, canned can have problems too, but it was his feelings that canned still offers the best overall nutritional value.

But, back on point, he didn't say no, just offered his thoughts and suggestions.

I'd say if the holistic vet goes on a rant about the evils of commercialized cat food that that is not the balanced medicine you said you are looking for.

Please update us as I'd be curious of his views.
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I absolutely will! I'm hoping nothing but good things! We'll be taking the kitties to a kennel next weekend while we're away for 4 days and the lady who runs the kennel uses this particular vet so I'll be able to pick her brain about the place as well.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2011, 05:05 AM
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I find my vets through recommendations from other breeders, the fact that the kennel owner goes there is probably a good sign as they are likely at the vet far more frequently than the average pet owner and wouldn't keep going back if unhappy.

It seems like vets over here are far more open to raw feeding, and recommend at least a few raw meals a week for dental health.

Good luck I hope they meet your expectations.
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