We just called our vet to get pricing to have our youngest Lab EIC tested... They had no idea what we were talking about. Should we run?
Very well said. Vets have a responsibility to know and understand what is happening in our world. To me, EIC is a standard test that affects the MOST POPULAR BREED IN DOG HISTORY. I am a bit surprised by how many people excused vets for not being aware. It's their job.I’m going to come at this from a little different perspective.
We have made two major moves in the last 10 years and both times I had a vet in place before we moved. I want my vet to be completely up to date on my animals needs and condition.
What I did was seek out a vet who was someone who had vast experience with a competitive dog like I have, not one who was close or convenient and had a regular vet practice. What we ask of our dogs goes far beyond what a normal vet sees on a regular day. In my opinion it takes a special vet to take care of this style of animal.
A few years ago one of my labs became lethargic, I called my vet and made an appointment then drove by countless other vet clinics to get to my vet. The upside is within 30 seconds my vet was knew what was wrong with my dog and took him back for an x-ray to confirm it. Had it been a different vet I most likely would have lost the dog while they tried to figure out what was the issue.
We were training a while back and one of my dogs came back from a mark limping, again I called my vet took him in and in a few seconds knew what was wrong with the dog. We were then able to discss the different courses of action and picked what was best for us and the dog.
Had it not been for a highly experienced vet with years of experience with competitive dogs I fear the outcomes would have been vastly different.
Honestly, I don’t want my vet ever to be surprised by one of my dogs situation.