Originally Posted by Gatorblu
I don't think you should feel intimidated by your vet. I also don't think your vet should dismiss you. Any vet who would not run a simple test that I asked for for two years would no longer been my vet. I would be looking for a new vet. Or at the least I would ask to see the one that filled in and recognized the seasonal flank alopecia. You have to think about what is the best for the health of your pet. I have no doubt you have the strength inside you to get what you want and need for your pup!
This is exactly what I had to do. For a year I requested thyroid testing done on Lily, and the vet actually refused saying she is too young for such an issue. Well, I finally had it and went to another vet. The moment we walked into the exam room the vet said "Did you ever have her thyroid checked?" I asked why and he said "Well, she has a grey muzzle, dark saddling, hair thinning and often results in ligament issues". Lily had both knees blown out and all the symptoms he stated and were the exact reasons I wanted the tests done a year ago! So yes, some vets just refuse to think outside of the normal. Boxers, are NEVER NORMAL!!!