How do you get the best health care quality for your pet? It’s a question that more and more people are asking themselves these days. As the role of our beloved furry friends has grown, so have the myriad of health care services provided for them. And so has our willingness to pay large sums of money to keep them alive, healthy and happily by our side. This blog is a tribute to our pets, to my pets, my current furry friends Moose and Buckley, as well as the pets I’ve lost, some through old age, and one special little puppy through veterinary misdiagnosis, neglect and malpractice.
For the past 26 years, I’ve dealt with many doctors of my own, trying to find a way to manage my difficult-to-control type 1 diabetes. Over the years, as the disease grew more complex and I developed the myriad complications that come from life with type 1 diabetes, I became more and more savvy in getting the best care possible for my health. I took responsibility for my disease, learned to find the best doctors, know the latest science and stay on top of what I needed to do and know to manage my disease and complications. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources at my disposal, ranging from Web sites to new treatments and devices.
Following the untimely death of my Maltese puppy, Falcon, at the neglectful hands of our local veterinary hospital, I decided it was time to take charge of my pets’ health too, to use the same skills I deploy in caring for my own health and apply them to protecting and managing the health of my dogs. I found very few resources available for people like me and very little evidence that the veterinary world was interested in providing them. I decided to change that and help begin a movement aimed at empowering other pet lovers to learn how to assess the care their pets are receiving and discover the information they need to protect their pets health at home and at the vet. This blog is dedicated to that process.