Articles with working with a veterinarian

Seeking a Second Opinion for Your Dog

Seeking a Second Opinion for Your Dog

Choosing the right veterinarian and knowing when to seek a second opinion can be the difference between sickness and health, and sometimes the life and death of your dog. If there is a single take-home point of my blog, it is this—your dog’s health is ultimately in your hands. Making the right decisions for your dog is your responsibility, and…

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Large Veterinary Hospital Chains: Our Experience

Large Veterinary Hospital Chains: Our Experience

How do you feel about large veterinary hospital chains? Do you like them or hate them? I have always been partial to smaller veterinary clinics. My instinct tells me that corporatization and good care don’t mix—what do big corporations care about more, their profits or the end-user? One of my veterinary friends has left such a chain specifically for those…

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Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (GDV): What Causes It?

Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (GDV): What Causes It?

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency condition that affects predominantly deep-chested large breed dogs. Gastric dila-what? You’re probably more familiar with the term bloat. And if you don’t know that one either, and own a large, deep-chested breed, you better do your homework quick. Introduction Gastric dilatation and volvulus is as deadly as cancer, except it kills…

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Veterinary Diagnosis The Whole Picture: When The Test Results Don’t Match What’s In Front Of You

Veterinary Diagnosis The Whole Picture: When The Test Results Don’t Match What’s In Front Of You

As is true for all healthcare professionals, veterinarians sometimes develop tunnel vision. Now and then, they become so focused on test results that they fail to consider whether or not these results actually make sense in relation to the animal sitting atop their exam room table. When the patient’s appearance says one thing and test results indicate something different, astute…

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