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There's only 50 miles/80.5 km/60 minutes (mainly divided lane Interstate highway) between our home and the KSU-CVM Teaching Hospital's Small Animal Clinic where Puff gets all her vet work.

It's been a year since Puff was checked for Heart Worm and, after Guy's recent experience with Tal being HW positive despite giving Tal monthly meds of Heartguard, I was keeping my fingers crossed since I give Puff Interceptor and Frontline Plus every 45 days (that 45 days is NOT on vets' recommendations -- that's my own decision).

Per instructions, Puff had no food after 10:30 PM last night or this morning; our appointment was at 11:30 AM. We went out for our usual morning walk in the nature preserve but I kept Puff on leash until we got to the trails, preventing her from her usual pleasures of scavenging near all the trash containers for any edible goodies that might be around them. I brought in a fecal sample from this morning's walk for testing.

Puff was pronounced in excellent health and condition -- the HW was negative, thank heavens. They'll call me tomorrow about their results on the stool tests.

Here's the bill:

Rabies vacc., 3 years___________________________$15.50

Exam, Pet Health Center__________________________38.00

DA2PP-Lepto Canine Ds___________________________26.00

Heartworm Test (AG) In house_____________________23.00

Fecal Flotation, Ridley____________________________14.40

TOTAL_________________________$116.90

I did pick up a new Rx scrip for another year of Interceptor (no charge). And they noted that Puff's nail were a bit long and clipped them (No Charge).

I started using K-State with my previous Lab, Bess, when she was 7 years old. I'd been growing increasingly dissatisfied with the quality/accuracy of diagnosis/treatment from the vet we were using. So when he said Bess had cancer/tumors on her breasts and wanted to do surgery, I went to K-State for their opinion and treatment. KSU found the cancer had metastasized to her lymph system so they did both a radical mastectomy and partial lymphectomy. Bess lived almost 7 great years after that and I knew, had our local vet done the surgery, he would have missed the metastasis to the lymph and Bess would have died within the year.

SO, I took Bess back to KSU for all her further vet work and they were great. When I got Puff, she's gone there for all her work.
 

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Glad to hear that Puff's vet visit went well! :D

I just moved out of my house and am now attending Michigan State, so I started taking Abbey to MSU's Teaching Hospital. I feel a lot more confident going there versus other places because I know it's the best place around. :happy:

Do they do the same deal where they have a student come in and do their own examination and then later the vet comes in, too? I liked that because it gives the student practice and you have 2 people checking over your dog... so a lot less things get missed.
 

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Do they do the same deal where they have a student come in and do their own examination and then later the vet comes in, too? I liked that because it gives the student practice and you have 2 people checking over your dog... so a lot less things get missed.
Yes. Exactly.

The 4th year med student comes to the waiting room and introduces her/himself and escorts us to an examining room where they get the information about presenting complaint, meds, diet, etc.; get vitals (temp, pulse, respiration), a physical exam of total body, legs, paws (including ears, eyes, mouth), and then she/he gets the vet. The vet repeats everything then they take Puff off for shots, etc.

BTW, forgot to mention, they DID report that Puff has cataracts but not severe.

Just the same.

PLUS a university teaching hospital has the latest in diagnostic tests, treatments, and some of the best (or at least among the better) specialists. Add to that -- that, at least here -- the costs are lower than at local vets.

It does take an hour to get there, an hour to get back, an hour there for the appointment, and 2.857 gallons of gas for the trip (about $7.70). Still worth it to me.
 
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