Are you reluctant to ask your veterinarian those touchy dog health questions? Some people accept the veterinarians' first suggestion for treatment without knowing all the options. They might be concerned about stepping on the veterinarians' toes by challenging their decision. Unfortunately, this can lead to dissatisfaction when the bill comes in. It's important to get your dog health questions answered before any treatment begins. If you're hesitant, especially if you're questioning his decision, here are some tips to help you. Always remember that your dog's health is your responsibility in conjunction with your veterinarian's expert advice.
A good veterinarian will want to provide you and your dog with the best and quickest solution, which can be dramatic and expensive. Sometimes, however, there are less expensive options that he can try first. Is he open to your input? One of the first considerations is whether he is open to your dog health questions. If he isn't, if he rushes you through and shows little time or patience to listen to your concerns, find another vet.
It's not uncommon for personalities to clash. It happens between dogs, it happens between people and it happens between vet and dog/dog owner. Don't be afraid to find someone who is better suited to your needs. Prepare yourself Before making a decision about treatment, do some research on your own about your dog's condition. Check the Internet.
Read up on the disease at your local library. Sometimes, the vet will have pamphlets that can be quite helpful. Look at the treatment options suggested in those resources. Offer suggestions Make notes and take them to your veterinarian.
Get clarification from him that his treatment choice is the best. Find out why the others are not viable options for your dog. There are always variables, including your dog's overall condition, his age, the extend of the disease, the location of the disease, and your dog breed. Your vet will take all these into consideration. Ask for payment options As the client, you have every right to get your dog health questions answered. If the treatment is expensive, don't be afraid to ask if he has a payment plan to make it more affordable for you.
He doesn't want to see your pet suffer any more than you do. Be honest about your situation and he is sure to do whatever he can to help you through this difficult time. Ask the tough questions Some clients complain about paying a huge bill, only to have their pet die shortly thereafter. It's easy to accuse the vet of taking advantage of the situation to make money. Good veterinarians will assume you want to spend as much time with your dog as possible, even if it only means a few more months. As long as the dog can be treated and saved from pain and discomfort, he will want to do whatever is necessary to make that happen.
These are questions you might want to ask your vet before agreeing to treatment: will your dog be comfortable, will he be in pain, and what is his life expectancy at that time. Once you have these answers, you will be better able to make a good decision for you and your dog. Take every opportunity to be up front with your veterinarian. Prepare for his diagnosis and recommendations, and then get your dog health questions answered before treatment begins.
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