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A great veterinarian is one of the most important parts of your support system for your four-legged family members.  But as an informed pet owner, it's your job to make sure that the care that is meant to heal doesn't end up causing your pet harm years down the road.

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Like most good pet parents, you love your dog, (perhaps to an embarrassing degree if the truth were known).

But when it comes to veterinary care, are you like many owners, woefully ignorant of what's truly best for their beloved pets?  Do you blindly agree to whatever your veterinarian says your dog needs, simply because you don't have a clue of the dangers many common veterinary treatments might pose to your dog?

Even worse, when you have doubts about a treatment or worry a protocol isn't entirely safe or appropriate?  Do you hesitate to question your dog's doctor and reluctantly allow your pet to receive drugs or undergo procedures that you fear are not without genuine risk?

As a dog breeder and veterinary technician who has managed two animal hospitals and worked hand in hand with some very good (and a few not so good) veterinarians.  I've had years of hands on experience in daily clinical care of literally thousands of pets.  Those years were invaluable to a pet professional and have given me a unique view of caring for the pets we love.

My goal here is certainly not to bash veterinarians.  I love my veterinarian and he’s one of the very best. I depend on him to help me keep my dogs healthy.  I also agree that the majority of veterinary protocols are both necessary and absolutely vital to keeping pets healthy. 

BUT the veterinary profession is still fraught with problems and often slow to change in regards to things that are legitimately troubling in regards to what is truly best for our pets.  Dubious methods of treatment that continue to be the norm in spite of research that show real reason to be concerned about outdated practices that you will find many veterinarians still clinging tenaciously to.

You can't be afraid to ask questions before allowing your pet to become a statistic like so many others that sadly have learned the hard way about when veterinary care hurts instead of heals.

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