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Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet Paperback – December 2, 2011
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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
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.
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!
Jill aka Shewhisperer
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This is an excellent resource to help with how to speak to the vet especially with health issues.Published 18 months ago by rosebd8
In this little vet book, Dr. Kay details what our dogs are entitled to get from their vet!
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Good information...quick read...I recommend her book "Speaking for Spot" over this one though.Published 23 months ago by EJones
I liked that this book is written by a vet and she is very balanced on how to discuss how a pet owner wants their loved one cared for by the vet of their choosing.Published on July 14, 2013 by Kathy
I have this book already and decided to give it as a gift to a friend. They received it and loved it.Published on April 3, 2013 by Arlene Miller
Excellent, brief book but I would recommend you purchase "Speaking for Spot" by the same author. Both are good books for dog owners.Published on February 12, 2012 by TPHB
This is a "sequel" to Dr. Kay's excellent book "Speaking for Spot." It's a easy-to-read and implement set of guidelines about what you can reasonably expect from your vet at all... Read morePublished on January 24, 2012 by Eileen Salmas
After her book, Speaking for Spot, I just had to get this one. Again Dr. Nancy Kay applies her humour in simple terms for the everyday dog lover. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Lahainabebe