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While you probably don’t spend your days wondering if your
veterinarian is happy, his or her good mood might just be a reflection of
your dedication to animal health. And making your vet happy, by demonstrating
your devotion to your pet, might just add the right amount of sunshine to doc's day.
After all, vets are people too. We respond to the same social cues
and harbor the same fundamental drives you do. A veterinarian’s job may seem
all snow cones and bunny rabbits to you, but we have bad days too. Compassion
fatigue is a very real risk for people like us.
And that's where you come in. When the relationship between medical
professionals, caregivers and patients is happier, everyone wins — pets,
With that in mind, here are some things you can do or say to amp up
your veterinarian’s happiness quotient (and that of his or her staff, who are
every bit as worthy):
1. Tell us you consider your pet a member of the family. Knowing you treat
your pets like we do can make the difference between a good day and a bad one.
2. Acknowledge your belief in us. We don’t take
your trust lightly. Please know that we always have your pet’s best interest at
heart, and if you have any concerns, speak with us honestly.
3. Bring your [well-behaved and attentive] children. We’re happy to
help teach them how best to take care of your pets, too.
4. Tell your friends about us. If we treat your
pets right, it’s extra-sweet that you’d be willing to share that information
with your friends, family and community at large. Writing positive online
reviews, for instance, says a lot about your faith in us. And that gives us the warm fuzzies.
5. Ask what more you can do to manage your pet’s particular
condition. Should you read something? Watch something? Try another approach?
Consider an experimental treatment or complementary therapy? Pet owners who ask
are typically lavished with lots of information.
6. Pay us simple courtesies. Arriving on time, calling when
you’re going to be late, keeping your appointments and turning your cell phone
off during your visit may seem fundamental but these civilities aren’t
uniformly observed. Your attention to these things makes you a hero in your
7. Ask us why we became veterinarians. For some of us, this can really soften us up when we’re having a tough day. Some of us love
talking about ourselves — especially when it recalls our mission so
effectively. It’s like asking a happy couple how they met. How better to
rekindle the flame than to stir the fire a bit?
8. Bring in a puppy or kitten. Or better yet, adopt one of our many
foster pets. Who doesn’t love puppies and kittens? The spell of any bad
day can be broken whenever babies enter our midst, which probably explains why
many veterinary hospitals foster needy puppies and kittens at all times. Yes
indeed! Nothing shows us you love us like taking one of our many “freebies” home
ahead, make our day. It doesn’t take a box of store-bought doughnuts or a batch
of homemade cookies to impress us. You just have to show you care about your
pets and what we do for them. Easy, right?
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