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barbaramudge
01-13-15, 11:55 pm
Ok, please be sure to read carefully all the way though before answering. I'm going to try to be super clear and detailed to make it easy but if at any point you think to yourself "what an idiot" be sure to double check what you read. :)

I'm trying to make a decision on vet care for all the guys in my house. I have 2 boars and also a boy bunny that all need neutered. I have two vets to choose from. Here's the choices:

Dr. H: previously worked as a small animal specialist until he bought my dog vets practice. My old vet only saw dogs and cats but Dr. H is seeing small pets as well. He has successfully treated one of my girl guineas and our boy rabbit for sore hocks. I have talked to some of his pet owners with rabbits but I am the only one at the practice currently that has taken in guinea pigs. He is, in my opinion, very knowledgable. I know he has done a great job on the rabbit neuters he has done at our practice. But he is still building his small animal clientele here so it's. It like he's doing tons of surgeries on small pets right now. His practice is minutes from my house and I have a good relationship with him and his staff.

Dr. W: primarily does surgeries on small animals. His practice also has two other vets that specialize in guinea pigs. He himself, aside from surgeries, specializes in rabbits. I have a few friends that have taken their rabbits to him. He is a volume vet from what I can see. That's the only background I have on him. His practice is about 30 minutes away and I've never been there.

Costs: Dr. W is almost 1/2 the cost of Dr. H. I'm going to assume that in part that is due to the sheer volume of surgeries he does vs how many Dr. H does.

I just don't know what to do. I feel like it's a catch 22. Dr W. Is further away and I don't really know him but he is 1/2 the price and realistically more experienced based on volume. Dr. H is very close if there is any kind of problem and I love him and his staff. There isn't a doubt in my mind that he wouldn't do the surgeries if he felt he was out of practice. He is more costly and when you're talking about 3 surgeries total it really adds up.

What do you think? Opinions please because I want to make the best choice.

pinky
01-14-15, 06:25 am
I would include all the vets in the practices when deciding and select the one for your male guinea pig who has done the largest number of neuters with the best success rate. Guinea pig neuters are riskier due to their small size so I wouldn't necessarily use the same vet for your guinea pig and rabbits. I wouldn't use Dr. H for his neuter. I would contact the other two vets in Dr. W's practice and inquire about the number and success rate of their guinea pig neuters and use one of them for him since they specialize in guinea pigs. I'd inquire about the number each has done on rabbits and their success rates and choose that way for the the rabbits.

barbaramudge
01-14-15, 06:50 am
Dr. W is the only surgeon in his practice so strictly for surgery he's the only one there. I know that Dr. H did lots of guinea pig neuters at his old practice but he hasn't done any at the new one.

How do I go about getting success rates? Do I just ask them?

pinky
01-14-15, 07:02 am
Dr. W is the only surgeon in his practice so strictly for surgery he's the only one there. I know that Dr. H did lots of guinea pig neuters at his old practice but he hasn't done any at the new one.

How do I go about getting success rates? Do I just ask them?
Yes, you ask how many have they done and whether any died.

barbaramudge
01-14-15, 07:10 am
Not to sound dumb but what if they say "well gee, we don't have exact numbers or anything. The docs really good" or something along those lines. Are there any other questions I need to be sure to ask? I have, of course, talked to Dr. H at length just because I have been in there so much recently. I'm assuming Dr. W would walk me through it and talk with me at length during their initial check up prior to surgery.

pinky
01-14-15, 07:46 am
Not to sound dumb but what if they say "well gee, we don't have exact numbers or anything. The docs really good" or something along those lines. Are there any other questions I need to be sure to ask? I have, of course, talked to Dr. H at length just because I have been in there so much recently. I'm assuming Dr. W would walk me through it and talk with me at length during their initial check up prior to surgery.

I'm pretty sure they have to maintain those records to be compliant with licensing regulations. Vets might be knowledgeable about procedures but unless they've done it a lot, there's a higher risk of error.

LoveMyPigs25
01-14-15, 07:51 am
I would go to Dr.W's place (without an appt. as a walk in) and check it out, talk to the staff and get a feel for it. If its a nice place and you feel comfortable go there.
I like the fact there are two other vets there that specialize in guinea pigs. Plus, they have the volume of surgeries on small animals. The lower cost is also a plus. I
am kinda of in the same boat. I have a vet close to me where one of the three specializes in small animal, but they all also see dogs and cats, etc. Then, I have the only exotic vet
that is 40 min from me. Obviously, they specialize in small animals, are a little bit cheaper, and have 24 hour emergency office. So, tomorrow I have my first appointment with the
exotic vet that is 40 min away instead of the closer vet that is 10 min away.

piggielover200
01-14-15, 07:58 am
I would defiantly go for Dr.W

jinxie
01-14-15, 10:15 am
Dr. W. It sounds like they are seeing more guinea pigs as well as the rabbits. Think about the types of drugs and supplies that they will have in stock as well. If they are stocking a majority of dog and cat products and only some small animal products, that alone could negatively impact treatment choices and price of treatment. Also surgery experience is a must as things can easily go wrong.

Also, it is none of my business but why do you need to neuter them? I only ask because if it is behavior related, neutering guinea pigs wont effect dominance issues or behavior at all sadly.

Good luck with finding the right Dr for your boys.

bpatters
01-14-15, 10:34 am
Ditto those who asked why you're neutering your boars. It doesn't solve anything except preventing the ability to reproduce, but if you don't have them with females, there's no need.

barbaramudge
01-14-15, 11:58 am
Well after many tries, my boys will not live together. I can't just keep getting more pigs so...I'm going to have them neutered and pair them each with one of my girls. It's the only way I can have every one with a friend.

I think I will go with Dr. W. I will do the walk in as suggested and as long as nothing seems wrong I'll make them appointments for their pre surgery check ups. Thanks everyone! I'm just so nervous about it so I need some reassurance that Dr. W. Is the right choice.

foggycreekcavy
01-15-15, 11:03 am
I'd go for Dr. W.

lunarminx
01-15-15, 12:05 pm
I'd go for Dr. W, even if you hate his staff, he is good with guinea pigs, cheaper just a bit away, you can use Dr.H for normal visits.