Working with Veterinarians

Veterinary Visit Checklist: Before the Visit

Veterinary Visit Checklist: Before the Visit

Do you know what questions to ask your veterinarian? In the past, when I was going to a vet, whether it was for a scheduled exam or with a medical problem, I just went. What else would one need, right? Show up, bring the dog–that’s it, isn’t it? Then I came home and realized how many things I forgot to…

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Veterinary Wellness Exams: The Secret Benefit

Veterinary Wellness Exams: The Secret Benefit

Do you take your dog for regular wellness exams? Or do you wait until something is wrong? Wellness exams are often an underappreciated part of preventive health care. But why go to a vet when there is nothing obviously wrong? By the time there is something obviously wrong–except for trauma or infection–it’s been going on quietly for quite some time.…

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Dog Wellness Exams How To: What’s the Difference between Annual Exams and Wellness Exams?

Dog Wellness Exams How To: What’s the Difference between Annual Exams and Wellness Exams?

Annual versus wellness exams–is there a difference? Veterinary wellness exams should be about much more than vaccination boosters. Even though vaccination reminders are often a tool veterinarians use to get you in the clinic, there are better reasons both parties should understand. When Keep the Tail Wagging rose this question, I was surprised. There is a difference? I always thought…

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Veterinary Cock-Ups: On Vets, Competence, Attention, Trust, and Misdiagnoses: Cookie’s Lumpectomy–The Unpublished Bit

Veterinary Cock-Ups: On Vets, Competence, Attention, Trust, and Misdiagnoses: Cookie’s Lumpectomy–The Unpublished Bit

What do you do when a veterinarian diagnoses a lump that doesn’t exist and misses one that is actually there? Veterinary cock-ups happen. There are poor outcomes due to things one cannot predict, there are mistakes, and then there is just not paying attention. When I wrote the article about Cookie’s lumpectomy, I left out some stuff because it was…

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