Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It's Your Dog's Health
Then there is always the question of good health care for our dogs. One would think--you take your dog to the vet, do what they tell you and that is all there is to it. But unfortunately, not really.
One of very important steps to take is to choose the right veterinarian. As with anything else, not all veterinarians were created equal. We learned it the hard way, and our dog has suffered for a long time because of lack of expertise/dedication on our vet's part, and our naive approach.
Ever since she came to us Jasmine suffered with bad poop and diarrhea. We were at the vets at least once a month for a long time. After many stool samples and a number of antibiotic treatments we still had gotten nowhere. The conclusion was that she had sensitive digestive tract and that's just the way it is. She was put on veterinary diet food. We did feed it to her, though it wasn't making a difference.
Last year, after a knee injury, a TPLO surgery was suggested. Since we didn't like the idea of such invasive approach, we were researching other options. One option that we found quite hopeful was stem cell regenerative therapy. When we brought it up to our vet at the time, not only didn't he know anything about it, but he dismissed it without even considering it. So we went on a quest to find a vet who is certified to do this procedure and might have some experience with it.
It turned out that vets who have actually done this procedure were hard to come by--it is still quite new approach. However, we did find a vet within a reasonable distance who was certified for it and was willing to spend the time talking to me about our situation and the therapy. In fact, he spent 45 minutes with me on the phone.
So when we decided we were going to try to go this route, we booked a consultation with him. As we brought our girl in, he started looking at her shoulders, at her mouth--it was a knee injury consultation! But he's explaining how one thing would have been affected by another, and that he wants to fix the WHOLE dog. Wow, we were amazed.
Anyway, from there it has been a very long journey. But during that journey her bad poop got explained also. It turned out that she most likely was born with inherited food allergy, which over time resulted in quite a serious IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) condition, because it wasn't addressed. And yes, the diet food she was put on did contain some of the ingredients she was allergic to. Had this issue been addressed at the beginning, I believe that many of her other health problems could have been avoided.
And we did like our previous vet. We thought he was a good vet. Maybe he was, and maybe just good sometimes doesn't cut it. Our present vet isn't just good, he is amazing, and we are very thankful to have found him.
To close this post, here is the moral of the story:
1. Do not dismiss or accept your dog's symptoms. If something isn't right--it isn't right. It needs to be figured out and fixed.
2. Take the time to find the amazing vet for your dog. You and your dog deserve it.
Choosing the right veterinarian is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Sadly, it is also one of the hardest.
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