She also needs to be able to give you the information you need to make medical decisions about your pets in a way that makes sense to you. She needs to be able to give you understandable instructions on what you need to do to care for your pet at home, and how to determine a need for follow-up care.
In addition, she needs to be comfortable enough with your pet to give her a complete examination and perform any necessary procedures without causing her stress, fear, or discomfort.
5. Referral to Specialists
While the best veterinarians know a great deal, they also know what they don't know. Most importantly, they know how to find someone who does. A great veterinarian will have forged good working relationships with local specialists, and won't hesitate to refer you to more specialized care when appropriate. That good relationship will ensure that there's open communication between you, the specialist, and your pet's primary care provider — which will in turn ensure the best possible care for your pet.
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