Today in our Discussion Forums, new Tripawds member Blackdog asked: “How to pick a doctor for amputation?”
This got us thinking about a great reference book we discussed in the Tripawd News blog a ways back, called “Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health.” In case you missed it, here’s a summary of our review of the book:
Tripawd pawrents understand what it’s like to make difficult medical decisions under pressure. For many of us, the decision to amputate is our introduction to the world of vet specialists and high tech medicine. Oftentimes, the learning curve is steep, and stressful.
You can shorten the learning curve, by reading Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health,written by Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City.
Once you read it, you’ll wish you had a copy long before your furry friend came home with you. Dr. Murray’s book approaches subjects that humans don’t want to think about when they bring a new dog home, but this easy, excellent read points out why it’s so important to get informed, before medical care is necessary.
This book is hailed as “a practical road map to modern veterinary medicine,” and it lives up to the promise.”
You can read the entire review here, but in short, some of the best things we love about this book are the ways in which Dr. Murray:
- Gives you plain-English advice for assessing veterinary practices and vets
- Includes a glossary of the most common veterinary tests and diagnostics, why they’re given and when they should be given
- Describes what each type of veterinary specialist does, and how to find them
- Provides a run-down on the controversies and benefits surrounding vaccines and natural medicine
- Shares her advice for confronting substandard veterinary care, how to separate blame from grief, and more.
Vet Confidential isn’t a cancer-specific book, but we can’t recommend it enough if you are going through regular medical care with your Tripawd. You’ll never feel like your vet is speaking over your head again.