Vet Info for Pet Parents

Veterinarians: When To Seek Out A Specialist

If you have dogs, cats, or other animal family members, it's important to see the veterinarian regularly. These professionals can help you greatly in keeping your pet well-cared for and in good health. However, general veterinarians, as skilled as they may be, cannot always help in every situation. In some cases, they may need to refer you to a specialist. Or, you may want to seek out a specialist on your own. But, when should you do that? While every situation is different and while you should always follow your gut, there are certainly some situations in which seeing a veterinarian specialist just makes sense.

Bad Behavior You Just Can't Kick

When you think of pet behavioral problems, you probably think of sending your pet off to a trainer or even a dog psychologist. However, there are veterinary specialists who deal with behavioral issues. If you have tried everything to housetrain your pet or to get them to stop acting aggressively or exhibiting other poor behaviors, it may be time to see one of these professionals. They'll spend time making sure the bad behavior isn't caused by any health issues. Then, from there, they can suggest medications, possible solutions, or even other highly trained professionals who can assist you.

Not Seeing Results

As mentioned, your primary veterinarian will often refer you and your pet to a veterinary specialist. Sometimes, though, you may have to be the one to take control. If you have been working with your vet regarding a health issue or other problems your pet is facing and you're still not getting results, it may be time to seek out a specialist. Often, while your vet may have the best intentions, they simply don't have the answers you're looking for. Or they may be wrong in their diagnosis or treatment plans. In any event, a second opinion, ideally from a specialist, is certainly warranted.

A Need For Advanced Health Procedures

Finally, you may find that your pet needs a health procedure, such as a surgery or surgery alternative, that your vet cannot offer. In some cases, you may not even be able to find a qualified vet in your area who can perform the procedure. When this happens, it's likely because the type of help you need is somewhat uncommon. Uncommon does not mean unheard of though. With a little research and determination, you can and should find a specialist who can help your pet through less common procedures or with less common health issues.

Pets are important. For many people, they are every bit as important as any other member of the family. Thus, it makes sense that you would want to give them the best health care possible. Fortunately, you can do this by finding and working with a specialist when needed. Remember, there are no efforts too great for your pet!