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The best vet for small animals?

Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at 2:09 PM

Specifically cats and dogs. Any thoughts?

I am not wanting to pick on any vets you don't like, just to get a feeling for specialties.


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I use Indian Hill in the 'boro for my four footed babies. Jim has taken care our furry friends for many years now. My diabetic kitty has a kitty endocrinologist in Nolensville at Nolensville Vet Hospital. Dr. Barry did an awesome job of getting him through his initial diagnosis and that was close to 5 years ago.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 2:36 PM

Southside Animal Clinic is my fav in Shelbyville I use to go nowhere but Jim Watlington on Lane Pky but he moved to Murfreesboro and I just can't get there as I need to now. I have been taking mine to Southside since Jim moved and they are very good. But I do have to say I miss Dr Jim.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 4:09 PM

We miss Dr. Barnett who retired a few years ago. Kit Kat was our last to be treated by him and he gave Dr. Barnett something to remember him by as well. He twisted so fast that Dr. Barnett's finger caught in Kit Kat's collar and almost broke the finger.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 5:08 PM

I use Southside.I would not go anywhere else.They are so friendly and good with the pets.They saved my daughthers kitten.It's leg had to be anputated but it saved his life.They never forget you once you go.

Their prices are great also.

-- Posted by Cindy Munsey on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 5:54 PM

If some of you want to weigh in but not publicly send me an e-mail and I will post your positive vote. Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 5:56 PM

Doc. West at Cascade Vet. is who I have used for the past 6 years...He is wonderful with all pet's...I count on him and trust him very much for all my critters....My pets are like my children...Everyone there is very nice and they do not mind talking to you on the phone if you think you might have a problem....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 7:08 PM

southside is the best place to go there are great .

-- Posted by BIG D on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 7:16 PM

I like all the vets but I've known the people at Shelbyville Animal Hospital the longest.

Steve and Andrea and their wonderful staff have given my family excellent wellness care and seen us through some tough times,as well.

My critters know they are among friends there and that contributes to their continued good health.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 8:54 PM

Since we are kinda talking about our pet's...I have a question to ask...Ok we have just bought our 1st home and have moved from the country side of Wartrace to Midland Road on the County side of Shelbyville...It is still like the country were our home is at...We have a 80lb(5 years old) Choclate Lab and 45lb American Pit Bull Pup (7months old) and a 2 year old 7lbs Minn Pinn and a 3 year old Chihuahua ...I want give her weight cause she is a little over weight..Our 2 big dogs always had run of the yard cause we were way out in the country. They never went out of the yard...When we moved here about 10 days ago we put them on a running line were they can still run but not go near the road or into anyone elses yard....Ok the man next to us has a dog that is the size of our American Pit Bull and about the same age..he lets it roam any were and every were...It eats my Big Dogs food and drinks up the water and has already broke our glass table top on our patio has chewed up a couple of small things...takes our big dogs bedding pillow and drags it out into the yard,...when I take the 2 small ones out on their leash to walk or use the potty he runs after them and scares our little Chihuahua to death and when he does that the Minn Pinn goes after him and I have to grab him up...I pick up the poo from all my dogs (even the big ones) and he just goes all in my yard so I am having to pick up the poo from him too...I am scared if I go say something to him about his dog that he will get up-set with us...I do not want that to happen cause we are new here...What would ya'll do ????

-- Posted by rebelrose on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 9:23 PM

As Robert Frost said, "Good fences make good neighbors." At every house we have lived in in the past 16 years we have built a fence to protect our dogs from the "free range dogs." It also eliminated the need for running lines and even allowed the little ones to go out unmolested. Yes, we still had and have some barking back and forth through the fence, but everyone is safe. We built the fence ourselves - about 2 acres worth for this house for about $300.00. It could probably have been done more cheaply, but I thought I would provide an estimate. It is just one option that would not involve any confrontation with the neighbor.

-- Posted by amalphia on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 9:50 PM

rebelrose

I hate it when people don't take responsibility for their own pets but I also feel the same way about people who don't take responsibility for their children.

There is no easy way to tell your neighbor his dog is being a nuisance to you and yes it will probably make him mad...but if he is wandering in your yard he is probably going to everyone's yard in the neighborhood. Look around, do your neighbors have fenced yards? If so maybe that's why.

Your only options will be to nicely talk to your new neighbor or continue to put up with his dog. Or you could put up a fence (which isn't cheap) or you could find out where the county Animal Control service is because according to the budget report we are spending almost a half million dollars on Rural Animal Control.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 11:03 PM

If y'all are out in the country,your neighbor may be in need of compost material.

I'd return his dog's poop to his yard.

You might even get very generous and offer your dogs',as well.

I wouldn't recommend setting fire to the bag containing the manure because it will heat up enough if allowed to decompose properly.

I hope that everyone with pets is looking out for their animals.

The recent scare at the rec center shows how vulnerable our critters could be to serious diseases like rabies,parvo,worms and other risks.

These can come from a visiting animal,the beast being visited or the land where they've lived.

Any pet can get loose but ones that are allowed to run amok can pose a hazard to themselves and others.

I hope this neighbor keeps his dog at home before a tragedy occurs - especially one that could be prevented.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 11:27 PM

No one else around here has a fence except for across the road and it is for his goats..Yes the little fellar roams free back and forth across the street...Right now he is asleep on our patio...He looks like such a angel right now...I guess I will have to bare with it for now....The owner has at one time beat him real bad cause he had brought a dead chicken into his yard and he tied him up for about 10 minutes long enough to beat him with the dead chicken....At least when he is in my yard I know no one will harm him and he will have something to eat and drink...I have not yet seen or heard him call his dog home to be feed...

-- Posted by rebelrose on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 11:36 PM

Sounds like maybe this guy should be anonymously reported to the police, sounds kind of like cruelty to animals to me.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 11:55 PM

I used to work for/with Dr. Jim that now resides in the boro and if people only knew what he did behind closed doors they might think differently on taking their cherished pets to him. I worked for Jim but took my pets to Dr. Barnett...he is missed. Jim...I will never forget when you told me that the only way to keep my job is if I started going to church. I loved my job and did it well, church shouldnt have even been discussed as a requirement of my job. I love my pet too much to leave him with someone that would act that way.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 12:51 AM

Dr. Kinard and Dr. Stock at Kinard Animal Hopsital in M'boro, across from the Co-Op are fantastic!! Since the husband and I work in M'boro, it's easier for us there. We have to leave for work, before the ones in town here are open and get back after they close. Kinard's are open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. unti 12:30 p.m. and they have pickups and drop offs on Sundays too! 615-849-PETS

-- Posted by cherylrichardson on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 8:19 AM

American woman:

I know what you mean. He and the family were alittle "strange" that way.

I had to have my "wompus cat" declawed, which I hated to do but had to, and the pads of his little feet were tore all to pieces and hurt him the rest of his life. Sadly, "wompus cat" passed this spring but his little paw pads "ain't" hurting now.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 8:35 AM

From Jamie Williams came this comment:

Bobby West, and the entire staff at Cascade Vet clinic, is awesome. I have always been pleased with the service and the quality of care.

My suggestion is to ALWAYS have an appointment (unless it is an emergency) I have walked in on a Saturday and ended up waiting a couple of hours. My only complaint is that he is so busy, it sometimes takes a while due to emergencies coming up.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 9:23 AM

I have a GREAT solution for you rose... POW POW POW!

-- Posted by seedsower on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 1:44 PM

That solution sounds a bit drastic but if you did POW POW POW your neighbor,you could adopt the dog and teach him the right manners.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 1:51 PM

The Rural Animal Control (or better known as Bedford County Animal Control) is not getting a half million dollars. The statement about the breakout of the monies is very misleading. Most of that $436K was for the other functions - like new fire trucks. Unfortunately the fine folks at the BCAC are going to get the brunt of a poorly worded statement. The are full and I mean full of animals right now because people cannot be responsible adults in this day and age and that includes pet care and ownership. Maybe the writer will correct it so that function on our county doesn't suffer.

-- Posted by usingmyvoice on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 1:54 PM

Shelbyville Animal Hospital. My dogs actually LIKE to go there, if that tells you anything.

-- Posted by tenn native on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 11:23 AM

We have a stray we named Sophie that likes to go anywhere, even the vet! She gets happy feet and we have a hard time keeping up with her as she visits everyone.

Of course, we think something is not right upstairs, but..... Just kidding Sophie.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 12:33 PM

Southside is the best. My Buffy is there right now in surgery. She is a small minature pincher and I think that is thier specialty both of the doctors are great.

-- Posted by sad mom on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 3:44 PM

Best Wishes to Buffy.

May good doctors,a loving family and Slayer stamina have her well in no time.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 4:53 PM

I really like Barfield Animal Hospital. It's in M'boro - since we still both work in M'boro, we decided to keep them as our vet. My dogs really like the vet and are in love with one of the vet techs, they just hear her voice and start going crazy.

Also, rebelrose - if you know that your neighbor is abusing his dog, you should report it. I realize that the animal welfare laws in TN are not nearly as strict as they are in CT (where I'm originally from), but there must be something that the police/animal control can do.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 7:34 AM

Dr. Perrymen was the best ever. Such a Shame he retired.So after pricing the vets in Bedford Co.And using one of them. I now go to a vet in McMinnville( God always made a pair, so why not the 2 best vets ever)His name is DR.MALONE.I hope he doesn't ever reitre.He like Dr.Perrymen not only cares about the 4 legged critters and their owners,but his prices are very good.Yes in this time of high gas prices. Its well worth the trip. Example. My dog broke its leg on a Friday night. I made a make shift splint. Called Dr.Malone first thing Saturday morning, told him my dogs leg was broke,(he's open on Saturdays til noon)Not only did he set the dogs leg and splint it. He cut the dogs toe nails and gave me worm medicine and ear mite medicine for my cat. And the total bill was only $60 dollars.And has since called me to see how the dog was doing.On that day I seen dogs,cats and even a horse and I never seen no one pay over 20 dollars.Can't find those prices any where locally. He is worth the trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Wheelbillie on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 11:12 PM

Dr. Perrymen was the best ever. Such a Shame he retired.So after pricing the vets in Bedford Co.And using one of them. I now go to a vet in McMinnville( God always made a pair, so why not the 2 best vets ever)His name is DR.MALONE.I hope he doesn't ever reitre.He like Dr.Perrymen not only cares about the 4 legged critters and their owners,but his prices are very good.Yes in this time of high gas prices. Its well worth the trip. Example. My dog broke its leg on a Friday night. I made a make shift splint. Called Dr.Malone first thing Saturday morning, told him my dogs leg was broke,(he's open on Saturdays til noon)Not only did he set the dogs leg and splint it. He cut the dogs toe nails and gave me worm medicine and ear mite medicine for my cat. And the total bill was only $60 dollars.And has since called me to see how the dog was doing.On that day I seen dogs,cats and even a horse and I never seen no one pay over 20 dollars.Can't find those prices any where locally. He is worth the trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by Wheelbillie on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 11:12 PM

He certainly sounds worth checking out, but that certainly is a distance. Of course, for our pets....

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 4:25 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.