Working With Your Vet

You know your veterinarian is an important part of keeping your pet healthy for the road. How do you keep that relationship strong?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fostering Good Relationship with Your Veterinarian

  • Whether at home or on the road, having a great working relationship with your veterinarian is an important part of keeping your co pilot happy and healthy.
  • Don’t sit on a problem for 5–6 days, then decide it is an emergency at 5:30 on Friday.
  • Do your very best to follow the directions laid out by your doctor and CALL if you are having trouble with them.
  • Please do not call asking for meds without being seen.
  • If you have a problem with your veterinarian or anyone on the staff, or any part of your visit, PLEASE let us know.
  • If you love your veterinarian, let the world know! Nothing is as rewarding and says “I trust you” like a five star review or a referral.
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TFTR Episode Fostering Good Relationship with Your Veterinarian

You know your veterinarian is an important part of keeping your pet healthy for the road. How do you keep that relationship strong? Find out next on TFTR.

Intro

Whether at home or on the road, having a great working relationship with your veterinarian is an important part of keeping your co pilot happy and healthy.

Most veterinarians are very caring, compassionate people. Colleague used to tell kids if they ever had trouble, find the closest veterinarian and they would help them.

We spend our professional lives and most of our private lives, in a profession that is very emotional, can be stressful and fatiguing as much as it is rewarding and fulfilling.

We tend to make close bonds with many of our patients.

Once you find a veterinarian that you like and trust, here are a few ways to help keep that partnership strong.

  1. Don’t sit on a problem for 5–6 days, then decide it is an emergency at 5:30 on Friday.

We all know life happens. There are emergencies. We are going to help you. Can be frustrating when a problem could have been addressed during the 60 hours of the week we make our patients our first priority and then need to deal with it when we are getting ready to make our families our first priority. Also, when those illnesses are delayed, your pet is usually sicker, which isn’t good for anybody.

  1. Do your very best to follow the directions laid out by your doctor and CALL if you are having trouble with them.

Coming to us for advice and help in how to fix a problem, we are trying our very best to help you and your pet. If come in for medical progress exam and haven’t followed the care needed, healing is delayed. If your pet has a problem with the medication or nursing care that is needed, and an owner just stops, it can be very detrimental and lead to other problems (e collar, cast sores, failure of surgery site, medication withdrawal).

  1. Please do not call asking for meds without being seen.

There is a reason prescription drugs are not sold over the counter. They can be harmful if used inappropriately. Maybe it is the same yeast ear infection as last year, but maybe it isn’t, or maybe the ear drum is ruptured now, or there is a polyp. If it is a bacterial infection this time, yeast medicine won’t work, etc.

We don’t want to do anything that could be harmful or not solve the problem for your pet. Trying to save a little money on an exam could lead to much bigger problems later.

  1. If you have a problem with your veterinarian or anyone on the staff, or any part of your visit, PLEASE let us know.

No one goes into an exam thinking of ways to make it really bad. If something has happened that either was unsatisfactory or not up to your expectations, let us know. We are always trying to do our best and sometimes a staff member needs more training, or a mistake was found in a medical record, or maybe we just didn’t communicate well. Let us know. We want to be there for you and keep our relationship with you a great one.

  1. If you love your veterinarian, let the world know! Nothing is as rewarding and says “I trust you” like a five star review or a referral.