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Medical School and Pets

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by venus0206, Mar 22, 2004.

  1. venus0206

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    Do any of you guys have dogs while in medical school (Especially in cities such as NYC or Boston)? If so, is it doable? I have a pup now and will hopefully be entering medical school in 2005 and need any advice I can get on this topic. Thanks!:confused:
     
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  3. edfig99

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    do you mean while living in med school dorms or your own place? some schools have "no pets in school housing" rules (like Cornell).
     
  4. venus0206

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    Oops sorry!
    I meant your own place. I just want to know if it is possible to balance time between the two...
     
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    I'm going to start at UVa in August and I have 2 dogs. Every apartment complex I've found in Charlottesville has a really reasonable pet policy. It's like $150 deposit and and extra ~$20 a month in rent. School housing isn't going to be so accomodating though. I'd be suprised if you found any school housing anywhere that let you have pets.
    If you're wondering If your pets will be lonely because you'll have to leave them alone all day, I don't know how that will work. Ask me again in 5 months and I'll have a better idea. I bought a second dog on purpose so they can keep each other company. That was the idea anyway, they really just fight all day long.
     
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    I am fortunate enough to be able to buy a house wherever I end up. I am going to keep my dog. Dogs don't take that much work, just put him in the backyard when you are away.
     
  7. exmike

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    what about a house dog? I've been thinking aboug getting one, but how are you going to take it out to pee if you are doing rotations or somethin for 12 hours a day?
     
  8. dsblaha

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    Good question about the house dog. I am also married so my wife can take care of things while I am away. I don't know what I would do if she weren't around. Maybe get a pet door for your place and train your dog to go outside.
     
  9. relentless11

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    I wish i can have a dog. But my apartment doesn't allow it, so i got myself a pet Chinchilla. I have to admit, i'm kinda worried about the fact that if i end up having to drive across the country, this little squirrel-rabbit might not make it.

    Oh well, one thing at a time I guess, must worry about getting into a med school first=)
     
  10. mlw03

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    i too will be starting with a dog next year. one thing i know is that if you have a pet, you can't apply to Albert Einstein COM because they require you to live in their housing and don't allow pets.

    as for the walking. if you get a decent sized dog, 8 hours is no big deal. mine is only 40 pounds and she held it for 10 hours once. also, you may find pet-walking services in certain cities, or be friendly with your neighbors. or maybe find a teenager in the area who'll come walk your dog for a case of beer per week... uh, make that a case of root beer. :D

    worst case scenario, you paper-train the dog. that is, teach it to pee on newspaper that you'll place on a hard surface, ie in a bathroom.
     
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    i too will be starting with a dog next year. one thing i know is that if you have a pet, you can't apply to Albert Einstein COM because they require you to live in their housing and don't allow pets.

    as for the walking. if you get a decent sized dog, 8 hours is no big deal. mine is only 40 pounds and she held it for 10 hours once. also, you may find pet-walking services in certain cities, or be friendly with your neighbors. or maybe find a teenager in the area who'll come walk your dog for a case of beer per week... uh, make that a case of root beer. :D

    worst case scenario, you paper-train the dog. that is, teach it to pee on newspaper that you'll place on a hard surface, ie in a bathroom.
     
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    I have a chocolate lab, a boxer, and a mini schnauzer as well as a 125 gallon saltwater reef tank, and am planning on keeping them all when we move for med school this summer.
     
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    I am bringing my dog with me to med school. I am hoping to find some place to live that at least has a little yard. That would be ideal. This way you could get some kind of a doggy door and the dog could go outside to go to the bathroom.

    But it is possible to do without a yard or even a porch, like I am doing now in San Francisco. I wouldn't reccomend getting a puppy right when you go to med school though. Puppies take a lot of time to train and housebreak and they need to be taken out more frequently to go to the bathroom. It also helps in my case because my boyfriend shares the responsibility with me.
     

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