Second opinions in people medicine are common. And smart.
The same is true for veterinary medicine. In fact, even though I see patients in person as a veterinarian near Lafayette, Indiana an increasing number of my patients are virtual… pet parents seeking a second opinion or alternative treatment for their pet.
So, when SHOULD you seek a second opinion, and why? Here are some common situations in which a second opinion should be considered:
- You are being told there is ONLY ONE treatment for this problem or NO treatment for this problem. Schedule a second opinion.
- Your veterinarian hasn’t given you a clear option to resolve the issue. Sometimes a second pair of eyes makes things clear. Your veterinarian can be doing everything right — and the second pair of eyes just see something new, different, or differently. If you don’t have a noticeably clear path to resolve whatever it is you’re concerned about, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion.
- Your furry friend has just been diagnosed with cancer. Just like with people cancers, your pet can benefit dramatically from more holistic approaches other than — or in addition to — chemo, radiation, and surgery. Schedule a consult with a holistic or integrative veterinarian.
- Your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes. Your dog still has options. The only treatment for diabetes in a dog is not just prescription diet food and insulin shots. There are solutions that help all that work better — including acupuncture, raw diet, herbs that can really help. Get a second opinion.
In the end, if you wouldn’t accept the same diagnosis or course of action for yourself or your two-legged children, don’t accept it on behalf of your pet.