One of the things I try to do through this blog and my column in NZ Dog World magazine is to educate dog owners. This item, from ABC News in the United States, gives you some food for thought.
The key messages are:
1) Be an educated dog owner about health care
2) Ask knowledgeable questions about recommended procedures (including vaccinations)
3) Understand that some practices market procedures (up-selling) to increase sales
And the subtle one for me is really to develop a working relationship with your vet. I believe that most vets are ethical and are willing to have an intelligent conversation with you. But, it’s up to you to be the steward of your dog’s care. You are the one who says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to all treatments given to your dog.