One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your Cocker Spaniel (or for any other pet) is your choice of a veterinarian. It should never be a casual selection process, since both you and your four-legged companion(s) will suffer negative consequences if you’re unable to establish an open, honest, trusting relationship with the person who could make the difference between life and death for your beloved pet.
There are reliable search methods, including on-line investigating for vets in your geographic area as well as enthusiastic referrals from your animal-loving friends. If you have the time, it’s also a good idea to visit the clinics on your list of possible doctors before the need for medical services arises.
Cocker Spaniels, in addition to run-of-the-mill ailments, can also require care for conditions that are particular to the breed. For instance, those long, beautiful ears can turn into a liability if they don’t receive frequent, healthy maintenance at home. The result of even modest neglect could be a painful infection that threatens hearing loss. There must be an open-ended communication between you and your vet in order to identify and control general as well as breed spececific problems.
The ideal vet-to-client relationship is one in which your “furkid’s” needs are clearly explained. Ask questions about the condition. Research it on your own. Discuss possible treatments as well as their costs. Are you searching for a cure or for simple comfort? And, perhaps most importantly, feel secure that the vet is compassionate.
My first visit to Dr. Carol Eddy at Corinth Vet Clinic in Corinth, Texas, was several years ago with my then 15-year-old black Cocker, named Oprah. The feeling of compassionate comfort and knowledgeable efficienty were obvious the moment we walked through the door.
Dr. Eddy is a petite lady with a wonderful smile and demeanor. Rather than hoisting Oprah to the exam table, she sat crossed-legged on the floor and began talking to the senior Cocker, putting her at ease. And, as a matter of fact, her method has never varied over the years with any of my Cockers.
Dr. Eddy is quick to determine whether or not she needs to think outside the box in some situations. She has no problem with extra researching as well as with consulting with colleagues for their opinions and input. (Such as the time all three of my Cockers mysteriously smelled as if they ingested a bottle of maple syrup!) She encourages client involvement in open discussions regarding available treatments and their costs.
Even though she stays heavily booked at the clinic, she still manages to be closely involved with the local shelters and rescues; she and her entire staff also do all they can to rehome surrendered and/or abandoned animals. Example? A senior dog needed a home a few years ago. Office manager Kim pulled every string at her disposal, finally locating a suitable new home in Tennessee. She then found someone to accompany the dog on his flight from Texas, gathering donated air miles to cover the cost of the round-trip fare. She has a book of photos provided by the devoted new guardian. “My adoptions always last,” she says with a smile.
The two office cats Lucky and Shelby, both rescues, are additional examples of the entire staff’s caring compassion. Shelby chose to stake out her living quarters on the front office desk, with no one complaining when a long, black tail whispers across their face.
Building lasting relationships with clients and patients is one of Dr. Eddy’s primary goals. Proof of her success is the number of clients who continue to visit the Corinth clinic, even after moving to other states.
Corinth Vet Clinic is located at 4451 FM 2181, Suite 105, Corinth, TX. 940/497-3851 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. www.corinthvetclinic.com