Veterinarian-client relationships are now a two-way street. Gone are the days when we accepted our vet’s diagnosis without question.
Modern advances in veterinary medicine give us more options than ever to keep our beloved companion animals happy and healthy. And it doesn’t matter if we live on a frugal budget or a millionaire’s lifestyle: it’s up to us to keep the lines of communication open with our vet to ensure we have all the information necessary to make informed choices about our animals’ care.
One way we can make this happen is with Dr. Nancy Kay’s latest book, “Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet.”
For many of us, the first major medical decision we had to make for our dog was deciding whether or not to amputate a diseased or broken leg. This scary situation is now made easier with Dr. Kay’s help.
First, Look at Your Relationship
For example, the number one aspect that influences whether or not you receive quality service is finding a vet who practices “relationship centered care.” This means that the vet will
“ . . . recognize that their responsibilities expand beyond their patients to include the emotional well-being of their clients. They are willing to be a source of empathy and support. Vets who are oriented towards relationship centered care believe in collaborative decision-making. Rather than telling their clients what to do, they make recommendations, and then ask for feedback, questions and concerns.”
A vet who rolls her eyes when you mention that you’ve been researching online, or refuses to address your concerns about pain management, can hinder your dog’s well-being (and your sanity). And a vet who refuses to take your concerns and experience into consideration when recommending treatment can end up costing you hundreds of dollars. For example, if your vet cannot diagnose your dog’s condition after a few visits but never refers you elsewhere for a second opinion, you’re probably paying for excessive and unnecessary tests and office visits.
- Practice Relationship Centered Care
- Provide Round-the-Clock Care
- Give Clients Access to “The Back” of the Hospital
- Present All Treatment Options Regardless of Cost
- Offer Written Cost Estimates
- Promptly Provide Referrals for Second Opinions and Specialized Care
- Will Tailor Vaccinations to Your Dog’s Health and Your Concerns
- Are Open to Talking About Your Dog’ Diet
- Will Listen to Your Internet Research Discoveries
- Allow Email Communications
- Offer Visitation Hours When Your Dog is Hospitalized
- Will Provide a Safe Place to Be with Your Dog at the Very End of His Life
Finding your perfect vet is so much easier with Dr. Kay’s guidance. We’ve read both of her books cover-to-cover and as a result can provide you with the basics necessary to make good decisions about your Tripawd’s veterinary care.
Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet is a fast, easy read and perfect for the pet parent who’s in the midst of medical turmoil with their Tripawd. At just under 100 pages, you’ll quickly learn about all of the most critical aspects of finding quality veterinary services.
Once things calm down, you can dig much deeper into this subject with Dr. Kay’s previous book, an in-depth guide to finding the right vet and getting the best care called “Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life.”
Paws up to Dr. Kay for sending us her new book and helping the Tripawds community get the care that our beloved animal companions deserve!