You may require a medical second opinion for a pet after the diagnosis of disease. Getting the second opinion should not offend your vet or involve large sums of money.
· Ask you primary veterinarian for a referral to a specialist who will be helpful.
· If your vet has no specialist in mind, you can search through professional veterinary associations.
· Behavior problems, cancer, eye issues, organ failure, dermatological issues, neurologic conditions, and some types of surgery will require a second opinion.
If your vet recommends a specialist or veterinarian, that’s usually a good sign. “What that probably means is that those two veterinarians work well together. They have a clear line of communication. And having your [veterinarians] know each other and talk to each other and try to coordinate what’s doing on will have you spend less money because it will be an organized focus of testing and treatment,” says Hohenhaus.
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