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So last night we are finishing up a late dinner, around 9 p.m., and my cell rings. This is unusual, since no one calls me. It's my vet, calling from home. "Hi, sorry to call at such a late hour, but I wanted to follow up on Theo, because I've been worrying about him. I've been thinking about his case, and . . . " He has several ideas and plans for follow-up. We talk for about fifteen minutes. Wow. What a nice guy!

Fifteen minutes later (it's now 9:30), phone rings again. "Hi, it's Steve again. One more thing. Theo has had seizures, so we can't 100% rule out paresthesia. I was looking at some research recently . . . " We talk for another fifteen minutes.

I'm sure he must drive his family crazy, but boy are we lucky to have him!
 

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That's just what my late vet was like.
 

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Theo is lucky to have such a great vet, who obviously cares a lot about his patients. that got to give you a good feeling as well.
 

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You got yourself a keeper. Tell him his actions are now famous around the world. Nice, better than nice, vet.
 

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Some people don't like them because they are expensive and always run behind. I know that our vet will never turn away an emergency, so his schedule is chronically screwed up. He tends to run so far behind that you really need to call beforehand to know when your appointment *really* will be. But to me it's a small price to pay to benefit from his knowledge and compassion (and obsessive-compulsive disorder!). The poor vet techs and front-desk people grin and bear it--they seem quite devoted to him.
 

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Some people don't like them because they are expensive and always run behind. I know that our vet will never turn away an emergency, so his schedule is chronically screwed up. He tends to run so far behind that you really need to call beforehand to know when your appointment *really* will be. But to me it's a small price to pay to benefit from his knowledge and compassion (and obsessive-compulsive disorder!). The poor vet techs and front-desk people grin and bear it--they seem quite devoted to him.
And THIS is exactly why I'm sure he loves a great client like you :D
 

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Wow, is there a national vet of the year award we can nominate him for? Lucky Theo!
 

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Wow, I'm impressed. I love our vets here (the office is owned by 5 women vets), but that sounds really exceptional.

I had a vet in CA (very small town) who gave me his home number when my oldest cat got very sick, and he called to see how both of us were doing. Great guy. Had I stayed there, I'd still be taking my animals to him.
 

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A vet like yours is a real asset! We have a vet that is much like that, that is an old family friend and who treated my family's dogs growing up. Shane and I decided to use his services because of how he handled my first dog, who died from Addison's disease. He was informative, compassionate, and really understood that a dog is so much more than just a pet.

I am glad that Theo is getting the best care! How is he now anyway?
 

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I actually do suspect that he has a touch of OCD, but it certainly works to our benefit! He is the sweetest guy.

Cadey, thanks for asking about Theo. He's 100% normal. I've got him on pain meds for another week, and he's not allowed off leash for another week. He has enormous amounts of pent-up energy, which I'm trying to expend with little obedience games. I'm going to be exhausted by next Thursday!

The theories at this point are (1) [most likely] bulging or blown disc, which led to an incident of severe sciatica, (2) [unlikely] some kind of irritant in the spine (like a cartilage chip), or (3) [very unlikely] some kind of seizure-related paresthesia. If it happens again, we're going to have to go to a neurologist.
 

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I wouldn't mind having to wait if the vet was that good. I'm glad to hear Theo is feeling better. I hope it heals and nothing else is amiss.
 

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Sounds like a great person to have caring for your animals.
 
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