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Vets while traveling


Any recommendations regarding findig vets once you are full timing? We've had the same vet for a while now and had to find an emergency vet one time and were fortunate to have a friend in the area who gave us a great recommendation.  Once you are full time how do you locate a vet when needed?  Are there sites with recommended vets?



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We use Banfield, which is the vet chain that is in most Petsmarts. They keep a central database of our cat's records, and we pay an annual fee that includes unlimited office visits, all her routine annual vaccines, blood work and exams. (You don't have to join their annual program, you can pay as you go as well.)

It's nice to know that we have a 'go to' place when we're in a new city, that the visit is already pre-paid and they already have her history on file. It also cut down on the bazillion calls we used to get in April (her annual check-up & vaccine time) from vets across the country we've visited in the past to remind us to set up an appointment.

If you prefer to find your own vet, there's of course asking folks at the campground you're staying at, local friends, Yelp.com or relying on luck. You could also just google for vets in the name of the town you're in, and they tend to bring up reviews from around the web with the search results.

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We also use Banfield and very happy with thier service. With a new puppy two years ago, his plan included all shots and nutering (sp) at less cost than just the surgery alone by a local vet.

We have two dogs on the plan now for two years and are very happy with it. Unlimited vet visits and when it is time for shots, just go get them as they are included. No more searching for a cheap vacination clinic.

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Banfield seems a good option. We are still static several months a year. Our vet knows we are mobile the rest of the time so we try to tailor routine visits when we are home. When something comes up on the road we ask at campground.Has worked so far.

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I am looking for opinions. We are still looking and cannot decide between Class A or 5'er. So my question is we have two dogs (our kids) that will be going with us. They are larger dogs one 3/4 wolf and 1/4 shepard the other pitbull. They are trained and very well behaved. But we just cant make up our minds which would be best for our family. Would the kids be more comfortable in a 5'er or a Class A? We have even looked at toy haulers so they would have a room of their own.
Thought asking someone with experience could give us some insight.

Just reading your post have already answered my question about Vets.



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One aspect of a pet in any type of RV is whether the animal will be in a secured kennel.  Folks are always cautioning to avoid walking through the RV while it is moving down the highway.  Anyone or any animal that is walking around would suddenly be a projectile should the driver have to quickly apply the brakes.  While a human might be able to watch the traffic conditions, an animal wouldn't be aware of dangerous situations.

If the animals are in secured kennels, there would not be any problem with either method if one is traveling down the highways.  Beyond that, there is an issue of space available for the animals and humans in a smaller space.  When looking at any style of RV, that could be a big factor to consider.

Terry



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 As far as vets go we have only needed a vet for an emergancy once this last summer and so I would be careful about recommendations from others in the area. The one we used was just horrible and we will never ever in a million years use them again. That being said we have used others for routine things and have had very good results. For traveling we put the dogs in the truck and the cats stay in the 5er while we travel less stress on the cats to stay put. Plus the cats can use the litter box and eat when they want. This arrangement works well.



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I tend to think that choosing a vet on the road is like evaluating our own doctors. Ask the right questions, trust your own instincts and get the hell out if you're getting red flags. Just my opinion (and experience).

One might also post on here "need vet in XXXX" and see if anyone has experience. We, for example, could recommend an amazing group in Sedona.

Sherry

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 For those traveling to Elephant Butte, NM for the spring ralley Tor C has a good vet. We used them they did a good job.



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