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Asking Your Veterinarian Tough Questions
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Vet Observation A veterinarian comes into the clinic multiple times during the night to check on the hospitalized patients (some vets prefer to take their patients home with them overnight to make monitoring and supervision more convenient).

Tech Observation A skilled veterinary nurse (technician) comes into the clinic multiple times during the night to check on the hospitalized patients and can contact the vet should the need arise.

Home Observation Your dog or cat spends the night at home with you, but only after you receive thorough monitoring instructions along with a way to reach your vet should questions or concerns arise. As scary as this might sound, this remains a better option than leaving your best little buddy completely unsupervised overnight— imagine how you would feel lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to intravenous fluids and no one entering your room to check on you for twelve long hours!

Does your vet practice relationship-centered care? If hospitalized, how will your dog receive round-the-clock care? Please share your answers with us in the comments.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 63: Feb/March 2011

Nancy Kay, DVM, Dipl., American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is a 2009 recipient of AAHA's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award and author of Speaking for Spot.

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