My Network & Resources
Over the years I've worked with a lot of vets and pet health practitioners. My one piece of advice is to make decisions based on your gut - if something doesn't feel right, it's probably not. There is no harm in getting second opinions and any practitioner who doesn't appreciate a second opinion or questions you, should be questioned themselves. Of course it's a lot different when there is an emergency situation and in those times you need to act quickly, however, there are a lot of times your faced with making decisions that could impact your pet's long term health.
There are many alternative options for pet issues and an educated vet should be able to at least discuss options. I tried very hard not to do any long term medications with my dogs that had short term benefits, but long term side-effects. I realize that most people don't have a lot of time to do research or have time to get second opinions, but fortunately for you, there are a lot of resources online and a phone call away. I live in Chicago so most of my resources are based there, but most also do phone consults. Here is a list of my favorite people & resources:
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs
Reiki for Dogs: Using Spiritual Energy to Heal and Vitalize Man's Best Friend
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