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DR. NANCY KAY wanted to become a veterinarian for just about as long as she can remember. Her veterinary degree is from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and published in several professional journals and textbooks. She lectures professionally to regional and national audiences, and one of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s newest book is called, Your Dog’s Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet. Her award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly (www.speakingforspot.com/blog). Dr. Kay is a staff internist at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, with locations in Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the 2009 Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was selected as the 2011 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not working or writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or riding atop her favorite horse. Dr. Kay and her husband reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466381957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466381957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DR. NANCY KAY wanted to become a veterinarian for just about as long as she can remember. Her veterinary degree is from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California--Davis Veterinary School.

Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and published in several professional journals and textbooks. She lectures professionally to regional and national audiences, and one of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay's newest book is called, Your Dog's Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet. Her blog, "Spot Speaks" is posted weekly (www.speakingforspot.com/blog).

Dr. Kay is a staff internist at Upstate Veterinary Specialists, with locations in Greenville, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina. Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the 2009 Hill's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was selected as the 2011 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer's Association of America.

Dr. Kay's personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she's not writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or riding atop her favorite horse. Dr. Kay and her husband reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marty greer on January 22, 2012
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This is the book I wish I had written. Thanks for doing this for the clients and the profession, Dr. Kay.

I picked this up on my way out the door last week, off of a stack of unread promising books. Once I opened it and began to read, I was hooked.

This is a quick and easy read - on the airplane, I had devoured it in only an hour. It is well-organized, easy to follow, has a great visual appeal to the reader, and is chock full of great advice for dog and cat owners as well as practicing veterinarians.

I too have been in veterinary practice 30 years (and more recently have entered law practice), and have seen veterinary medicine evolve from the paternalistic to the client and patient centered care. I know my ability to offer the care that is best for my patients and clients would be improved if the veterinary community and pet-owning community could come together as suggested by this book. I LOVE having my clients deeply entrenched in their pet's care - it is better for everyone involved.

The first 12 chapters explain the medicine behind how to get the best care for your pet. The last chapter explains the "rules" of the veterinary culture and how to work effectively with the veterinarian and her staff.

I am working hard to develop a way to provide this book to my clients and staff who are able to read and use the material to strengthen our mutual ability to provide the best care for the pets I am entrusted to care for. Together, staff and clients can move great veterinary care to an even better level of medicine and service.

Thanks again for the contribution to our client's ability to provide the best care possible for their pets.
Marty Greer DVM JD Veterinary Village LLC and Animal Legal Resources LLC Wisconsin
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dani Weinberg Ph.D. CDBC on January 1, 2012
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Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask! Dr. Kay discusses the sometimes touchy subjects such as Round-the-Clock Care (who will take care of my hospitalized dog during the night?), Access to 'The Back' of the Hospital (can I go back with my dog for her nail trim?), Second Opinions (is it OK to ask for one or will it hurt my vet's feelings?), Internet Research (should I tell my vet about the latest discovery I read about on line that might help my dog?)

Dr. Kay handles each subject with good sense and humor and gives us ideas about how to broach these tricky questions. In some cases, she explains clearly why the vet might decline to accede to our requests. In others, she suggests options to consider, including looking for a different veterinarian who prefers to do what she calls "relationship centered care" rather than one whose communication style is "paternalistic." This is a very useful distinction that every dog owner who wants to be an advocate for her/his dog must understand. Do you want a vet who considers you an important part of your dog's life and well being and who acts collaboratively with you, listening to what you say, answering your questions, and showing empathy and support? Dr. Kay believes that this relationship-centered style leads to better veterinary care for your dog.

If you've read Dr. Kay's first book, "Speaking for Spot," you won't want to miss this one. And if you haven't, by all means get your copy now! Both books are excellent and indispensable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Johnson on December 16, 2011
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Dr. Kay has been informing the pet-loving public through her blog, books and radio appearances for years and her new book is full of the same practical and useful information that we have come to expect. Written with authority and a strong sense of compassion for pets and those who love them, she tackles some of the most common situations that modern pet owners face, and offers up sage advice on dealing with modern-day situations. The relationship between veterinarians, their patients and their clients is not what it was 20 years ago, and this book highlights how things have changed. I answers common questions, like: Can you communicate with your vet through email? Will your vet let you into the back of the hospital? How can you talk about medical costs with your vet?
Unlike other books that have outdated or incorrect information, this tome of timely tidbits helps shed some much-needed light on how things have changed and how to get the most out of your relationship with your veterinarian. It is written by a knowledgeable veterinary specialist who also happens to be a fine human being and understands what pet owners want and need. I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By shewhisperer on December 16, 2011
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I have given Speaking for Spot to all my doggie clients and they have thanked me profusely. This new book just adds to the knowledge we can come informed with to our vets and for this I'm very grateful. In today's world with so much information at our fingertips I feel it's important to have a broad base with which to communicate with our vets to help our dogs thrive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for offering your words of wisdom in the name of our doggie companions. I"ve already ordered more for my clients and family for the holidays.

Jill aka Shewhisperer
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexis O'Neill on December 19, 2011
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"I loved Dr. Kay's first book, Speaking for Spot, which taught me how to be an effective medical advocate. This book is equally wonderful and has confirmed for me that the things I truly want from my pets' veterinarian are reasonable to expect. This book has given me to tools to ask for those things. Thank you Dr. Kay!"
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