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If owners only knew to ask the right questions, my patients would have it
so much easier. My life would be easier, too! Here are 10 perfect examples:
When I think of how many problems I could head off by having this conversation
before the new pet happens, I wonder why we don’t recommend that more clients come in for pre-pet consultations.
A corollary to #1, this is another one of those fraught issues that I wish people would ask me about in advance of any purchase or adoption: no pet stores, no online purchases. Get breed club recommendations. And ask for references.
I’d much rather have this discussion
before the injury or illness happens than once it’s way too late.
I love this question because it’s undoubtedly true that you
can teach an old
dog new tricks. When pet owners mistakenly assume otherwise, they endorse the notion that to live uneasily with behavioral problems is preferable to
taking positive steps to improve their pets’ lives through training.
If my clients were willing to fess up to the obvious — and ask for help when it comes to
overweight pets — I’m sure that I’d have a healthier pool of pets in my practice.
I love this question because it implies that the owner already knows that
teeth need to be brushed. If only I could find someone who'd ask, “Is once a day enough?”
It’s a great question because, if you have to ask, it probably means that your pet is getting lots of exercise. By the way, the rule of thumb is that it’s never enough — unless you’re courting
heatstroke or your pet has a disease that specifically precludes exercise.
You’d be surprised to learn how many people think it’s acceptable to use ibuprofen or
aspirin when they run out of their dogs’ arthritis drugs.
Never give your pet medication without consulting with your vet first!
This is not a common question. It is, unfortunately, a common assumption among owners, which leads to many pets missing out on care they really need. I love nothing better than to assure people that if their vets are recommending a procedure, it's likely because they've considered how the risks stack up against the rewards.
Whenever clients ask me this, it gives me a lot of information about the quality of care they want — which makes it a lot easier for me to focus on
higher-quality treatments when appropriate.
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