When you take your pet to the vet, please ask questions

As you have read in my previous posts, I am a strong advocate of the pet owner asking many questions with regards to the care and treatment plan for their pet. For example, many veterinary hospitals have multiple veterinarians working at the hospital and each time you come in you may see a different vet. You need to ask questions to make sure the care of your pet is consistent with what the other vet said, or that you were led to believe.

Most of all, when your pet is critical, make sure that you ask your veterinarian all the questions that you have to assure yourself that your pet is receiving the best care possible. Here are some example questions to ask:

• Is there a referral hospital that I can take my pet to for this condition?
• If my pet needs to stay overnight or over the weekend, who will be around to take care of him/her?
• Is there an emergency hospital that I can take my pet to for his/her overnight care or his/her care over the weekend?
• Did you take two x-rays to diagnose his/her condition?
• Where can I go to get the most up to date treatment of my pet for this condition?
• What is going to be done to alleviate pain in my pet for this condition?

Do you see where I am going with this? And lastly, listen, take notes, and make sure that you are content with the treatment plan for your pet. Veterinarians appreciate an active pet owner and are also obligated to offer the best pet treatment and care for your pet, even if involves sending your pet to another facility. However, in some cases, you may not be able to afford that plan, but at least you have been offered the best. You can always modify the treatment plan to within your economic capabilities, but the best must be offered. Remember that!

Dr. Manda DVM, MS, MBA, CVPM, is a full-time emergency veterinarian, former veterinary hospital owner, pet food executive, and successful entrepreneur. He consults to the pet food, animal health, and veterinary marketplace both nationally and internationally.  At home, he has three cats who request all of his free time.

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