Signs That It’s Time To Get A Second Opinion
by Amber Keiper
What do you do when your dog or cat is suffering from a chronic health issue and your vet has given up hope? For some pet parents, the answer is clear: get a second opinion. Remember, you are your pet’s health advocate. They cannot speak up and tell us what they need so as their guardians, we must be the ones to stand up for them and do everything possible to get them feeling better.
Don’t feel ashamed or guilty for getting another veterinarian’s opinion about your pet’s current state of health. A fresh perspective on a perplexing condition could very well be of great benefit and perhaps help guide you and your vet in the right direction. In fact, many veterinarians will seek the insight of a colleague when dealing with an especially difficult case.
Nowadays, with the advancements in medicine and technology, there are various treatment methods out there - some of which your veterinarian has: A. never heard of, B. never tried, or C. is not too familiar with. These are all good reasons to seek a second opinion or look for a specialist.
When deciding on which modality to try it’s always a good idea to start with the least invasive therapy first - or the one with the least amount of side effects and risks. In this day and age, we are so used to quick answers and fast results yet sometimes it’s better to take it slow, and find a safer approach, rather than risk further damage on your pet - especially since, in most cases, our pets are already in a weakened state.
Some alternative treatments that are non-invasive and that have been know to help pets with everything from allergies and skin/coat problems to digestion, mobility and cancer are:
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You may be able to find a holistic veterinarian or specialist locally - check out the holistic veterinarian directory on the AHVMA.org website. For those that live in remote locations or have pets that are too sick to travel, it might be much easier to contact a holistic vet that offers phone consultations and/or house call services instead.
- Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage
- Veterinary Spinal Manipulation (aka chiropractic)
- Reiki or other energy work
- Ozone therapy
- Bach Flowers, Chinese Herbs, or Western Herbs
If your pet has been suffering from a health condition and your regular vet is stumped - or if you are not satisfied with the results that you’re getting from your pet’s current treatment - don’t give up. Trust your intuition to seek a second opinion and be your pet’s health advocate, because they are totally worth it!
Amber Keiper is the Marketing Coordinator and Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is “mom” to two animal rescues - a spoiled Havanese mix named Chewy and a sassy tabby mix named Chiquita. For more holistic pet health, nutrition and wellness tips, go to barfworld.com or sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter, The Intelligent Pet.
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