Five Red Flag Indicators That It’s Time to Find a New Vet

Five Red Flag Indicators That It’s Time to Find a New Vet
by Nancy Kay, DVM, ACVIM

When someone learns that I’m a veterinarian, their face predictably light up with a smile. It appears that most folks believe that vets are wonderful. After all, we clearly love animals and we must be very smart- everyone knows how difficult it is to get into veterinary school. In fact, people seem far less skeptical of their vet’s capabilities and intentions than they are of their own physician’s.

Time for a reality check……

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About 2nd Chance Dachshund Rescue

Greetings dachshund lovers! Before looking into adoption from our organization, PLEASE be aware that we are not like most rescues. Our mission and passion is education about our beloved breed AND excellent standards of care that will enable you, the adopter, to be the best advocate for your dog(s) that you can be.

We are not looking for perfection or reasons to disqualify you for adoption!  We are looking for patient, open minded individuals that will welcome the information we have to share and be willing to discuss and address any concerns we have prior to adoption.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Liberty – Special Needs

Well, I think we’ve turned a corner with Libby. The diet from Sabine Contreras seems to be doing the trick and her belly is no longer touching her spine. Her eyes are bright and she’s starting to enjoy the routine with the other dogs in the home. Her kidneys are crappy, but seem to be holding steady. Between the moisture in her food and the water she drinks, she appears hydrated enough. I must get her up in the middle of the night once to go potty and every time wakes up during the day, she’s taken out right away. Other than that, it’s like having a younger dog – you just need to remember to take them out often. We’ll continue to wait and see and try to get her as healed and healthy as possible. Is there a home out there for Libby? Someone willing to work with her traitorious kidneys? I hope so. Someone that is retired or works from home would be perfect. You couldn’t ask for a more affectionate, sweet natured girl. She LOVES all other dogs and people and NEVER, ever barks. Except in her dreams…. and that’s just plain ‘ole cute!

Liberty – What Now?

The results are in from Liberty’s latest round of tests. She has no malabsorbtion issues. So, Dr. Rhodes is hoping that once we finish treating her for internal parasites and get her on a quality diet, she will thrive. If she does not, we will have to consider that she has cancer. We DO know that she has a problem with her kidneys and will always be a little girl that will go pee a lot. Of course, we’re praying that the parasite treatment, good food, and frequent access to a potty place will be all that is needed for her to live a happy, healthy life.

Liberty – Waiting

Well, it’s Sunday and Liberty is hard at work stealing hearts, playing with the occassional toy, and snuggling the crap out of any dog or person that will hold still long enough. We are waiting for the results from the latest round of tests taken on Saturday, 10/13/2012. We’re hoping that they’ll reveal that she has some sort of deficiency that causes malabsorbtion that can be easily remedied with supplements. Her kidneys continue to be total slackers, and that does have us a bit worried. In the meantime, she’s getting fed as much of a bland diet as her little tummy will hold and being encouraged to rest. Basically, dachshund paradise.


Hello world!

Hello dachshund lovers and fans of 2nd Chance Dachshund Rescue! This is our new site where we hope to combine our passion for sharing important information with our adoptable and rescued dachshunds! Please be patient as we develop this new site in our “spare” time!