It is essential that the decision making as regards to a patient’s well being is firmly founded in Ethical and Compassionate approach.
In my mind the role of a Veterinary Doctor is, first and utmost, to try and make the pet feel better. Quality of life is essential to all of us: humans and pets.
Yes, medicine has costs—inevitable costs—associated with it. But good communication with the owner, tailoring only the needed tests—not a blanket approach that runs every possible test available—should be practiced.
Also, it’s essential that there will be a good level of trust between the doctor and the pet’s owner, so when treatment decisions are being made, they are being made with consultation and explanation of the possible outcomes.
In conclusion: The love of pets should be the guiding light as to how a Veterinary Doctor should approach his patients.
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital
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