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The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out – What Veterinarians Don’t Want You to Know

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16. Your Dog Doesn't Need Vitamins – If you are feeding a good quality premium food, you don't need to give your dog vitamins. If you are feeding a supermarket brand of food or lower quality food – you should give your dog a vitamin.

17. Not all Foods Are Created Equal – Most vets don't want to debate with you about what food you are feeding. However, most vets believed in the premium proven food brands such as Iams, Hills Science diet, and Eukanuba to name a few.

18. All Drugs Have Side Effects – Often medications are prescribed without detailed discussion of side effects. All medications have side effects – which you know if you have ever gotten a prescription filled and received a handout on that medication from the pharmacist.

19. If Your Dog Acts Aggressive, We Muzzle – If your dog acts aggressive in any way – most veterinarians will muzzle your dog. They use a variety of muzzles but most common muzzles are soft nylon. This is for the protection of staff from bites.

20.Even if Your Dog is Really Bad – They May Minimize It – Veterinarians and their staff generally don't want to tell you that you have a bad dog, even if you do. I've seen vets deal with terrible dogs and later tell the other they were "pretty good".

21. No House Calls – Vets that have a practice generally don't want to do house calls (unless house calls are a part of their business). Pets often will act more aggressive at home, the lighting is often poor, and no competent support staff to "hold" the pet for procedures or evaluation. In general, house calls can be a big headache.

22.Many Pets Do Better When You Aren't Around – Some pets actually do better – are better behaved with its owners is not in site or in the room. I don't know if this is because they are trying to protect you or you the owner actually get in the road...but it's true.

23. We are Often People People – Most people think vets are just "about the pets". For some, this is true and they are better animal people and not so good at people socialization. However, it doesn't matter if the pets like us or not – what matters is the pet owners like us. It is the people that bring the pets to the veterinarian's office to make us successful at what we do.

24. Vets Hate Talking About Money – Veterinarians are trained to in medicine and surgery. Not business. That is a weakness in the veterinary curriculum. And most vets are happy to talk to you about what is best medically for "Fluffy" but hate to talk to you about what it is going to cost to help "Fluffy". They would rather just do what is best but are forced to talk about money in order to keep their doors open and bills paid. Most vets I now really dislike talking about the money part of their work.

25. Vets Aren't Always Right – Vets don't know everything. If you are not comfortable with a diagnosis or treatment – it is okay to disagree or see a second opinion.

26. Pets Can Change - Pets can change their symptoms and condition in a matter of hours. Just because they show one set of signs one day, they can look different the next day. Things can change frequently- so repeat testing is often helpful as a pets condition progresses.

27. Vets are Not Nutritionists – Most vets are not that familiar with all the minor dog food companies out there. They are familiar with what dogs need and generally recommend one of the big high quality premium foods.

My Final Thoughts – On What Veterinarians Don't Want You To Know

Most veterinarians want and try to do the right thing. They want to care for their patients and to provide a good quality successful service to clients. Most try to do the right thing. However, some veterinarians are more current on their medicine or more eager to refer to specialists than others. And...just like in any profession – there are bad eggs. However, out of the different professionals that I know – most vets are just darn right good people.

Find a vet that you believe in and have a good relationship with.
If there is any question or concern about your vet or what he is doing - ask. It is important that you are comfortable with the care that your pet receives.

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The Irreverent Vet is a columnist that regularly contributes to The goal is to add a balanced and alternative view of some controversial pet issues. As happens with all of us, veterinarians can't say what they really think without offending some clients. This commentary allows vets to say what they think and give you, the pet owner, the opportunity to consider another view. All opinions are those of the Politically Incorrect Vet and not the views of and are not endorsed by

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