By Kelly Caldwell, Modern Dog Magazine
Your other family doctor—your veterinarian. The relationship you form with your vet can be complicated, to be sure. Really, it stands to reason; our beloved dogs, often our most constant companions, can’t tell us what’s wrong yet rely on us to be their advocates. It can be stressful and heartbreaking dealing with their health issues. We may at times experience feelings of disappointment, frustration, even anger at the person whose job it is to help us care for our pets.
But what do veterinarians think of us? If we were willing to listen, what would they want us to know about the work they do?
Curious to find out, I scheduled an interview with Dr. Ilana Smolkin—a partner at Guelph Animal Hospital, a full-service, integrated hospital in southwestern Ontario, Canada.
I arrive and wait at the front desk. Next to me, a man is making a loud series of statements about the very unfortunate timing of his dog’s illness, how he really didn’t “need” a bill like this, and so forth. I find myself feeling sorry for the front desk staff bearing the brunt of his frustrations.
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