Message Number: YG3243 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-05 00:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Letter from a dismayed vet

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Bruce Williams, DVM" <williams@e...>
> Tonight, I spent about an hour replying to a letter from a vet who
> was dismayed (I hesitate to use the word angry, but it may be
> appropriate) by a response from myself and another vet on this list
> to a post from one of their clients, and the way that they were
> apprised of it.
> While this is certainly not the first, nor the last time that I
> have found myself at odds with a practicing colleague, I must admit
> that the circumstances of this particular event was not what I had
> envisioned on the FHL.
> >
> Bruce H. Williams, DVM, DACVP

The internet has been an INVALUABLE source of information for me and
my vet. You don't have to look far to find owners who have no idea
what insulinoma or adrenal disease are getting a start on helping
their animals. Good veterinarians must possess people skills and
open minds. Their job is to help the animal as well as make the
owner comfortable. What does it hurt (ego?) to discuss all the
possibilites and options? If a vet is intimidated by what he/she
might learn instead of being willing to consider the ideas and
tremendous experience of others, then I'd definitely move on. I
would not risk the health of my pet to preserve the ego of a vet.
Professionals should expect to disagree and handle it appropriately.