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  1. We took our dog to the same vet until he turned a year old. It is in our neighbourhood, not as crazy expensive as other vets and the people seem nice. I am a first time dog owner, so everything is a learning experience and I try to use my common sense as well as advice from others (dog owners and vets). Now my vet, for example, told me Nelson was too skinny and that is was a mistake to feed him raw food (we switched from kibble to raw at about 8/9 months). She basically told me that I was malnourishing him and that he could have serious bone problems. I felt really bad, went home, left behind all the research I had done into raw, and switched back to kibble. She tried to sell me on this Royal Canine diet, of which the waiting room is stuffed, telling me its high quality stuff etc etc. I knew Royal Canine wasn't what I wanted to feed him, as I've researched that before. Nelson quickly gained a bunch of weight (NOW kibble), but his energy level was substantially lower, he had bad gas and he shit piles 5 times a day. Time came we had to go to a vet again, our vet was unavailable, so I went to the fancypantsy clinic in our neighbourhood. We had been there before, and I always liked their approach; holistic, raw food supporting and they don't stuff your dog with anti biotics as soon as it sneezes once - but they are double (!) of what the other vet costs. Anyway, at this clinic, they told me he looked great, that the food I gave him before (raw meat, mixture of veggies, joint supplement & multi-vitamin) was a great mix for him. So we went back to raw, I just doubled the amount I was giving him, and he is now at a healthy weight, no ribs showing anymore but still very lean. This is just one example of experience I've had where 2 vets told me opposite things (don't vaccinate for everything, you must vaccinate for everything). What really put me of at my old vet, was how much and how often she tried to sell me different dog foods etc. She also wanted to quickly put him on antibiotics if he had a little bit of a cold or anything like that. And everytime I came, she wanted a blood test or something like that done, for no real reason. I've often used my own guts and didn't do any of it - and he has always been fine. Anyway; how much do you listen to your vet? Do you trust it's opinion? Or do you often have to use your own common sense?
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