It’s true that there are some veterinarians — like in any other profession— who make the rest of us look bad. Over-vaccinating. Being heavy-handed in their approach to pet care. Having an eye trained squarely on profit, instead of pooches. Lacking curiosity and concern when a pet parent begs for options.
But, by and large, veterinarians are pet lovers like you. Most are great people and great doctors. That’s why breaking up, as the song says, can be hard to do.
Knowing when you should try a new veterinarian — and what it means for the veterinarian you and your pet currently see — can be tricky territory.
First things first, visiting a new veterinarian doesn’t mean breaking up with your current doctor. Many people visit my office with no intention or need to leave their veterinarian. They see me for:
- A second opinion on a troubling or complex health condition, including — but not limited to — cancer, arthritis, paralysis, or persistent allergies;
- A holistic approach to treatment, preferring “alternative medicine” modalities such as acupuncture and Tai Na; or
- A holistic support to conventional medical modalities, for example: needing acupuncture and herbal remedies to keep their dog strong and healthy while he undergoes chemotherapy.
All of these are great reasons to see me or another holistically-minded veterinarian. In fact, due to the focus of my own clinic, I not only receive referrals from other veterinarians, I refer my patients out… to specialists, to emergency facilities and to other veterinarians for invasive surgeries.
I have been trained, licensed and certified in all conventional veterinary medicine…. and I’ve also been certified in Veterinary acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy and am currently being certified in Tai Nu, all part of becoming a Master Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Practitioner. I take an integrated approach to pet care, using modalities from the east (alternative) and from the west (conventional.) STILL, I refer out often, pursue open conversation with my clients, and would never get “offended” if a client seeks out a specialist or a second opinion.
Working together, we insure that our mutual patients get the best of both worlds and the benefit of a well-rounded medical team. In fact, here’s a top reason to leave your current veterinarian, for good:
They are a proud do-it-ALL-yourself-er. They do not ever encourage you to get a second opinion. They do not ever refer to a specialist. They roll their eyes when you ask about modalities such as acupuncture or herbal remedies. They act like your questions or concerns or silly, as they’d rather you do what they tell you… quietly, obediently, without open dialogue.
If this describes your veterinarian, you’re in the wrong office. Run, don’t walk, to another vet’s office and give them a try.
I simply want the best for the pet. And I’m sure your veterinarian does too.
So, if you’re curious about holistic modalities, maybe because you yourself depend on eastern medicine for your own health, don’t be timid about trying out a new holistic or integrative veterinarian.
Your current veterinarian is far more likely to encourage your visit, rather than be offended by it.