I love the tagline under my vet’s clinic name:
it reads, “your ‘OTHER’ family doctor”. Your vet should be your number one resource for all things regarding your dog. A solid relationship with your vet built on trust and communication is key when a treatment plan is presented that your instincts tell you might not be right for your dog. But it needs to go both ways – your vet should know you well enough to trust you when you question a suggested treatment.
It’s important to be open to suggestions – but don’t be afraid to explore alternatives to suggested treatment plans with your vet. Over the years of excellent care I have received for my dogs, I have found these are the some of the common questions I have asked:
What are the most important tests to help find a prognosis?
Is there an alternative to the treatment plan that will get us to the same end result, in turn, reducing the stress on the dog and my overall costs?
If we start with a scaled down version of a treatment plan and we cannot find a solution, what would be the next steps?
Sometimes a suggested course of treatment just doesn’t feel quite right. Be like your dog – trust your instincts and then follow them.