Finally... a vet that isn't a salesman
I have an old dog with health issues and a young dog. I have always hated visiting vets. They seem to just do procedures and tests to get money. However, i went to one vet for for a few years about a decade ago who was a little too non-interventionist. South Sac Pet Hosp vets are the middle ground. I've had two different vets there, and the last couple of years, I've had the same vet each time. They examine the dog thoroughly when i bring him in, and they ask me questions and talk to me. I don't like spending a whole lot of money on an old animal, so i appreciate that they don't jump to tell you about tests and procedures. They either have the 'medical cost for animals' issue in perspective, or they are just good at reading their clients. Sometimes they will mention a test, why it MAY be helpful, and tell me the cost, but they don't pressure me. One of the best things is that my old dog is on anti-inflammatory and thyroid meds, and i can just go in and pick up refills. in the past, i've had vets that require that you bring the dog in and pay for an office visit/exam in order to get a refill. These guys only book you an office visit if you request it. Prices for visits are reasonable, and a couple of times i didn't have to pay for follow up visits. If a medication seems expensive, they can suggest alternatives. The doctors care about the animals, it is clear, and they listen to the human client. And the building is nice and new. I've never had to wait more than five minutes to see a doctor. When my young dog needed to be spayed and vaccinated, i called around, and they are on the less expensive side (except for, of course, the SPCA and some mobile clinics which were inconvenient for me).