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Some of you may recall our story about a trip to the vet and the shannanigancs caused by my boys that resulted in a needle in my foot and dog barf all over the vet's shoe. As funny as that was, I was concerned about the vet. He just didn't seem like he was banging on all cylinders. I wondered if he was showing signs of early dementia, but dismissed it because I'm hypersensitive to that sort of stuff because of my job.

So today we went to the vet for Spencer's vaccines, and we took Elliott with us because I wanted the vet to check the cyst that has been on Elliott's neck for about a year now. It has been growing, not quickly but steadily, and is now a bit smaller than the detergent tablets you use in the dishwasher. The vet had told me that they sometimes can grow "fairly large" but if it wasn't uncomfortable it could just be watched. He confirmed what I was thinking that it was painless, and free from any under attachments to muscles etc., just within the skin layers. I asked again about it a while ago and was told all was OK.

So today, we were put in the little room and in the door walks a vet I haven't seen before. He didn't really explain why he was there instead of our long-time vet. My hubby said, "I don't think we've met" and he introduced himself but still didn't say where our vet was. Finally I asked him directly and he said he was a classmate of our vet. But our vet wanted to retire and had, so this vet bought his practice.

He checked the lump and told me he would "definitely get that out of there" as "these" can suddenly grow quite big. The smaller it is, the easier the surgery. So I asked him if he makes sure he gets the little sack out that the cyst grows in. He told me he thinks it is a skin timor, not a cyst. He pointed out that there were some tiny bumps on the surface, not completely smooth like a cyst. Then he went on to explain the surgery and testing etc.

I should never ignore that little voice inside when it is bugging me. Now I don't know what to do. I've never met this guy. Seemed nice enough but I didn't like that I had to ask why he was there. I do believe my old vet may have been slipping cognitively (I say "old" but he was younger than me LOL). It was very subtle but I'm sure now I was probably right. 

Do I go ahead? Do I try another vet? I had that  vet for my last 4 dogs. Anyone else will also be a stranger. 

What would you guys do?

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 12, 2014 at 3:40pm

This is a reminder to keep you own copies of vet records (just like our own). They have to retain records like any other medical entity but it might be a hassle to get copies from them if they should shut down.  And, it seems with aging vets out there, we should carefully watch that those records reflect what is going on.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 12, 2014 at 9:38am

Kathy, last year my vet just disappeared, too.  I had suspected something was going on, and even took Dulcie elsewhere for her spay because I was just too uneasy about some changes I had seen in my conversations with him.  He was suddenly just gone and my neighbor (who also took his pets there) said the vet's family had come and taken him to a care facility and that he was suffering from dementia.  He was only in his 60's,  and was a wonderful diagnostician and my vet for 17 years.  Very sad.  Some new vets bought the clinic, but the facility was just simply closed up for about 2 months.  I saw people come by and look in such a puzzled way at the locked door (the office is just across the highway from me!)  .  They didn't even leave a note!  Glad your situation was better than it looked and that all goes well with "the boy"!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 11, 2014 at 9:34am

Now that you found out the story then it makes sense to give the guy another chance. Hope everything goes well.

Comment by Jo Bill on March 10, 2014 at 4:29pm

Glad to hear you got the whole story now.  I'm sure it will turn out ok.  At least you are familiar with the office/lab help there.  Good luck & keep us posted on the "lump".

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on March 10, 2014 at 1:06pm

Well, I now know the story, and I guess I need to give the new vet a chance. I finally called the office because I wanted to let them know how I felt at the visit last week.

I found out that the "old" vet (3 years younger than me and I don't consider myself old) was supposed to have sent out letters announcing his retirement and the new vet taking over. Seems maybe I was right in being concerned about the old vet's cognition. Apparently the new vet and the clinic are just finding out now that the letters were never sent. Guess that would explain why the new vet just assumed we knew, although he still could have transitioned a bit more politely! I have looked him up and he seems to have lots of good reviews and has owned 2 clinics with good reputations in our city. So we will see how it goes. any other vet would also be a gamble.

Thanks everyone.

Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 9, 2014 at 7:30am

Yes Kathy, we are thrilled! Chomping at the bit here to begin the pink shopping! We have two boys here and just having a daughter in law has been an exciting experience, now a granddaughter. We moved here to New Hampshire from Maine so we could be closer to everyone before we even knew about our grandchild. I'm so thrilled to be so close. 

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm
Oh Beverly you must be so excited. If I remember right you are like us, 3 boys right? We had our grandson first. He and I are bonded like glue, it's very special. Then along came the twins. Twins was always a dream of mine when I was a kid, especially girls - ahhh the innocence of childhood! Wow, girls!! Hubby and I went cross border shopping for 24 hours and went PINK bananas!! I bought so many crib shoes they ended up making them into a Christmas tree garland. 4 girls later I'm pretty much over pink LOL. But I remember that excitement. Have fun. It's true what they say. If you knew how much fun you would have being a grandparent, you would skip being a parent and just move straight on!! This is why we allowed our kids to grow to adulthood LOL.
Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 8, 2014 at 9:00pm

We're expecting our first grandchild in June, a girl. So excited. It sounds like you have a wonderful family of grandchildren!

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on March 8, 2014 at 8:04pm
Their 2 younger sisters are quite envious of the suitcases - I had no idea! They have spent HOURS playing traveling games. The younger girls' turn will come!
Comment by Beverly and Eli on March 8, 2014 at 7:56pm

Oh my goodness! I hope the girls don't listen to their brother! How sweet that you gave them monogrammed suitcases. Oh please take pictures (even though there won't be any doodles there.)

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