Features April 2011 Issue

It's OK to Get a Second Opinion Before Putting Your Dog Through Surgery

Christy Waehner’s Doberman, Sylvia, benefitted from a second opinion that saved her from major surgery for wobbler syndrome and allowed for a full recovery – and even a return to agility competition.

It's OK to Get a Second Opinion Before Putting Your Dog Through Surgery

Considering, feeling okay about, and seeking a second opinion.

Your dog is limping and you don’t know why, so you take him to your veterinarian. The vet pushes, pulls, and palpates and announces that your dog probably has torn ligaments in his knee. She says that he needs surgery, and she can take care of that. While you love your dog’s vet, you’re just not sure that you agree, and you’re also unsure whether surgery is the route you want to take. You feel uncomfortable thinking the thought, but wonder what another veterinarian might recommend.

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