|Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 6:48pm PST |
|Sophie, I know it is hard when your dog is having a medical issue, but just go in with an open mind and bring a list of quesitons or different scenarios. If we do nothing...what happens? If we do surgery, what happens? Ask the vet about his/her experience with this issue. How many times have they seen it? What was the course of action for those dogs? What happened to the dogs he/she treated? Did they live a long, happy, healthy 4-legged life or did their quality of life suffer? If surgery is best, what are the hazards of doing surgery on a Newfie? Are there any special considerations of operating on a Newfie (like there is with a bulldog)? Will a diet change or supplements help?
Bring a notebook with you to your appointment and feel free to ask questions and take notes. Also, don't feel guilty about asking a vet to repeat themselves or to explain more. I ask my vet all the time "So...what does that mean in layman's terms?" Bring your notes back to your vet and see what they say. If you are still hesitant on the advice, go see another vet.
Good luck on Monday!
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