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How to Find a Veterinary Specialist for Your Dog


“In my opinion, any time you’re talking about a surgical procedure that has some complexity to it, the least you should do—at least, what I would do—is talk to a surgeon,” says Dr. Robbins. “The ‘second opinion’ is the basis of specialized medicine in humans, and it’s the best way for you to be an advocate for your dog. You always want to know if there’s something new or better that could be done to manage your dog’s condition and give him a better quality of life.”



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 55: July/Aug 2009
Martha Schindler Connors writes about health, fitness and nutrition and is a former senior editor at Natural Health. In her free time, she volunteers with Pointer Rescue (pointerrescue.org). martha-connors.com
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Submitted by groendog | August 18 2010 |

The important thing about Specialists, which we learned the hard way, is not to wait until the last minute for a consult.
Give your Vet a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem, say two weeks, and then head for the Big Guns. If your Vet won't refer you, you need another Vet anyway.

Submitted by Sarah Katherine... | October 8 2010 |

I don't know if it's just the vets in my area but I had a terrible time when another of my four-legged family (horse) needed what my regular vet said was laser surgery to remove a tumor in a sensitive area (ear). BUT because his clinic did not have laser surgical capability he insisted that they do it "the traditional way" and refused to refer me. His way would have meant 2 weeks in the clinic's pet hospital on IV and with a blood transfusion (or two or three) several hours under a general anesthesia and no guarantee of outcome and probable life threatening effects from the GA. I found another vet who COULD do laser surgery on an outpatient basis with little risk to the horse, far less pain, reduced bleeding and vastly better prognosis. Second vet wanted to know who my regular vet was and then proceeded to call that vet and tell him. Regular vet not only immediately called me at work, screaming threats incl how he would (and he has) blacklist me for "going behind his back." He screamed at me on the phone so hard and loud that my boss in the next office heard it through the phone receiver reverberating throughout the office. After that no vet (includingthe laser vet) in a hundred mile radius would even talk to me. The horse's tumor was cancerous and had it been removed he would have a chance to live but because of these vets' antics and being unable to get other local vets to treat him, we lost him. The day he died I lost any faith in veterinarians.

Submitted by annie b | March 29 2014 |

so sorry...I had a similar story...it's hard to trust them when things like this happen

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Submitted by Anonymous | October 8 2012 |

we were told are dog has lymphoma and nothen can be done she is only six years old im not ready to give up yet. looking for a doctor that might be able to get some answers .

Submitted by Rhett | November 8 2012 |

Thanks for all the advice. We are getting a little German Sheppard and will be needing a good veterinarian in Mesa AZ. One of my biggest pet peeves is when owners don't get their dogs fixed and properly taken care of.

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