There are a two primary reasons pet parents hesitate to get a second opinion about their dog’s health or a recent diagnosis. The first reason is that they don’t want to “offend” their veterinarian. To this I say that your veterinarian should LOVE your pet. For this reason, the VAST majority of veterianarians are neither upset NOR offended by you seeking additional information or options. The other primary reason pet parents don’t seek a second opinion is based on a common assumption that every veterinarian is the same, has the same training and the same approach. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
I send my clients to other Long Island veterinarians for a variety of reasons. Some to get surgery and others to do a bit more diagnostic or invasive testing. Last month, I even took my own dog to a veterinary specialist for some dental work.
Every veterinarian is different, has a unique approach and a unique collection of skills, expertise, and experiences. All of this will factor into his or her suggestions for your dog’s health. So, first things first, second opinions are a good thing!
Here are 3 signs you NEED to get a second opinion.
- You are told there’s nothing more that can be done for your dog. This COULD simply mean that there’s nothing more that this particular veterinarian or practice can do for your dog. We see plenty of dogs that have been “written off” by traditional veterinarians, who come to us and get healthier and happier than ever before, despite scary diagnosis.
- Your own research or “gut” is telling you there’s something else you should be considering or looking into in terms of diagnosis OR treatment options.
- You’re given only ONE treatment option to consider.