Veterinarians are a vital part of our fur baby’s lives, thus making the veterinarian and fur parent relationship an important one. So, when searching for and placing your trust in a doctor, there are many things to consider.
1) Questions for the Veterinarian
Animal owners naturally want to make the best decisions for their pet. Fortunately, there are topics you can discuss with the doctor that will lead you in the right direction and open the door for communication.
- What is the key to good health? There are basic steps that a pet owner can take to focus on a pet’s good physical and emotional condition, such as a rabies vaccination, exercise, and physical examinations. A veterinarian will provide the necessary information to keep your pet in tiptop shape.
- What should I feed my pet? Discussing feeding habits, food ingredients and amounts will set a precedent for good weight and good health.
- Is anything dangerous for my pet? A veterinarian and pet parent should talk about what foods, plants, toys and products are toxic to pets.
- Is my pet prone to any health problems? Specific sizes and breeds are prone to certain medical issues. For example, Shiba Inus can suffer from hip dysplasia despite their small size. By understanding possible illnesses, pet owners can take preventative actions.
2) The Veterinarian’s Answers
Veterinarians are pleased to answer an owner’s questions and are grateful for devoted fur parents. Some inquiries, however, can be difficult to broach and may take more explanation.
- Can I buy my own vaccines? Vaccinations are best purchased and administered by veterinarians for several reasons. Shipping vaccines requires appropriate refrigeration for efficacy. If shipped improperly they become ineffective and the pet will have no defense against viruses. Correct shipment or storage temperature isn’t guaranteed with store purchases. Also, inoculations can be given improperly, given too soon or too late for puppies, or during poor health. A physical examination to make sure the body reacts properly to the vaccine is necessary.
- Why is veterinary care so expensive? Veterinarians are legitimate doctors who perform difficult procedures, use advanced medical equipment, need nurses, and run a full-fledged dignified hospital. While veterinarians and fur parents always want what is best for the fur baby, proper care requires a staff and a medical center that will function at the highest caliber. To do this, charges are necessary to keep the hospital efficiently running.
- You’re muzzling my dog? Some fur babies, no matter the size, are fearful of veterinarians and can therefore respond with aggressive behavior. Bites are not only painful but can be dangerous, and a muzzle helps keep the doctor, nurses and your fur baby safe. A muzzle allows doctors and nurses to treat your baby without being bitten, and prevents the it from biting itself while panicked.
- Should I euthanize my dog? Euthanization is a difficult and emotional subject. Often a veterinarian and fur parent will discuss options at length. Making a decision for someone else is challenging, despite veterinarians understanding the feelings of both the fur parent and your fur baby. Therefore, the best option when discussing euthanasia, is for the fur parent to consider the doctor’s medical knowledge, compassion for the animal, and the pet’s quality of life.
3) Another Veterinarian?
A veterinarian and fur parent relationship should be based on trust and commitment. Sometimes, however, an owner will be uncertain about a doctor or situation. Consider seeking another doctor’s advice if you experience the following:
- Veterinarians who always have the answer. A good doctor will admit uncertainty and will often research further, talk to others doctors, or make a referral, unless it’s a definite diagnosis.
- Those who become aggravated with questions and concerns. A devoted doctor will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your fur baby. If a doctor is frustrated by your questions, consider a second opinion immediately.
- Those who do not genuinely enjoy the company of your pet, or who won’t try to put your pet at ease. A veterinarian who does not work gently or take the time to comfort your fur baby, may not be the best choice. While a good veterinarian and their team may still need to restrain or muzzle your loved fur baby, they will do so calmly and compassionately.
A trusted veterinarian and fur parent relationship, should always be a priority. Developing a solid relationship, will allow you to feel secure about the safety of your pet, as well as the decisions made about health issues.
Most vet’s will be glad to talk about their diagnosis so do not be afraid to ask questions, and question the answers. Great communication provides the best care of your fur baby’s health. Lastly, knowing a pet is cared for by someone who will put your fur baby’s wellbeing first, will help to put your mind at ease.