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Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions


Vet Observation A veterinarian comes into the clinic multiple times during the night to check on the hospitalized patients (some vets prefer to take their patients home with them overnight to make monitoring and supervision more convenient).

Tech Observation A skilled veterinary nurse (technician) comes into the clinic multiple times during the night to check on the hospitalized patients and can contact the vet should the need arise.

Home Observation Your dog or cat spends the night at home with you, but only after you receive thorough monitoring instructions along with a way to reach your vet should questions or concerns arise. As scary as this might sound, this remains a better option than leaving your best little buddy completely unsupervised overnight— imagine how you would feel lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to intravenous fluids and no one entering your room to check on you for twelve long hours!

Does your vet practice relationship-centered care? If hospitalized, how will your dog receive round-the-clock care? Please share your answers with us in the comments.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 63: Feb/March 2011

Nancy Kay, DVM, Dipl., American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is a 2009 recipient of AAHA's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award and author of Speaking for Spot.

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Submitted by Matt | February 23 2011 |

I think these changes will be great when they are all adopted/implemented although of course there will, as in any industry be great vets and less great vets. I think the internet for all its faults has really empowered people to make better and easier choices about which vets and other services they choose.
I live in Exeter, and have found a great site with comprehensive info on a number of vets - http://www.veterinary-direct.com/veterinary-directory/vets-in-devon/vets...

Submitted by Anonymous | February 23 2011 |

I had no idea that animals could be left overnight but considered under hospitalization it really is quite disturbing, my dog, Blinky once had to stay over at our vet and I never even considered that he would have been left alone. I think that some education of the public is necessary.

Submitted by debbie meerbott | March 2 2011 |

my veternarians, at Town and Country Animal Hospital in Miami, have vet techs there at all times. Someone even stays in living quarters on the second floor after the techs have gone home. They are not open for business or emergencies but the hospitalized animals are monitored regularly. Drs. Weinke and Mourdaut are always willing to listen and discuss options. And the staff treats you like family making your lose their lose to.

Submitted by Smthfoxgrl | April 5 2011 |

I feel very fortunate. Reading the description of "relationship-centered care" was exactly like reading the relationship I have with my vet written in a magazine. I always knew I was extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful vet, and I'm going to share this link with her - and thank her - for the wonderful care she provides my furry family members, and the kindness, consideration, and respect she offers me.

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