I've got some veterinarian questions for you so you know whether you've got a good one or it's time to move on. Even if you love your vet personally, is he or she doing right by your dog?
Your veterinarian is your educated partner.
Read that word again. Partner. It's a joint decision making process. And you actually have the right to question and even to disagree.
Remember there are no stupid questions, so ask.
Are you informed about medication and vaccine side effects? I sure wish I'd known the real answers to those questions instead of going on blind faith.
It's your job to stand up for your dog. His health is at stake, maybe even his life.
There are some wonderful veterinarians out there ...and there are some that aren't very good. How can you tell the difference?
How well does your vet explain things? Does he give you alternatives or just tell you what he's going to do to your dog?
tend to put vets on a pedestal assuming they know everything. After
all, they spent eight years in school, four of those in a college of
veterinary medicine.The truth is no education is finished in school. There is always more to learn either by both continuing education and experience.
Many think they are doing a good job giving yearly vaccinations and handing out prescription medications. After all, isn't that what they were taught in school?
Then there are animal doctors who are a cut above. Those who question. Those who connect the dots and notice many treatments only take away symptoms for awhile but don't cure a dog.
And that treatments have side effects as well.
Determined to provide real assistance in healing dogs, they searched for new options. Therapeutic nutrition, homeopathy, Chinese herbal medicine, homo-toxicology, acupuncture, chiropractic, and energy medicine.
More and more veterinarians are choosing IVM - Integrative Veterinary Medicine. This combines several healing modalities to cure dog disease and create dog health. Isn't that what we wanted all along?
And, unfortunately, there are vets who charge more saying they are holistic but really aren't. Bummer. How do you know?
If they sell topical flea meds, heartworm meds or prescribe drugs for anything other than a last resort.
Maybe it's time to put your dog doctor to the test.
Here's some veterinarian questions for you to think about:
If the above questions make you uncomfortable, you have no say about your dog's medical treatment. It's time for you to do a little soul searching.
Realize how much your dog's health and well being are under
Remember it's up to you to ask your veterinarian questions because your dog can't speak for himself.