Working With Your Vets: Teaming with Your Veterinarian or Oncologist [MP3]

Working With Your Vets: Teaming with Your Veterinarian or Oncologist

Too often, dog lovers feel as if their vet or oncologist is not truly “on their side.” Dr. Dressler offers his unique insights into how to create a team environment with your medical experts — from how to deal with your own emotions to how to sidestep — or let go of — team members who aren’t playing well with others. As always, he takes questions from readers.

Seminar Details

00:30 Dr. Demian Dressler:

What it means to work with your veterinary team, who makes up your veterinary team, the benefits of being a team player, and how you can get the best possible outcome using this team framework.

07:05 Dr. Demian Dressler:

How cancer differs from a clinical disease, which can be managed, and what that means for your dog’s cancer treatment as there is no one right fit.

09:43 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Why it’s important to remember that your veterinarian, your oncologist, and your veterinary team are people—they have different personalities, emotional bandwidths, specialties, capabilities, and they aren’t miracle workers.

12:43 Dr. Demian Dressler:

The importance of a diverse group of veterinarians and the different benefits they can each bring to the team.

23:28 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Why being your dog’s guardian is so important for your dog with cancer.

30:39 James Jacobson:

Building a lasting relationship with your veterinary team and talking points that you may find beneficial.

35:52 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Building a channel for open communication between yourself as your dog’s guardian and your veterinary team, assessing their skills, establishing expectations, applying the Full Spectrum Approach to Cancer Care, and looking for a second opinion.

42:41 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Screening veterinarians in order to find an open-minded veterinarian, questions you should ask about their willingness to try alternative treatments, and the limitations you may face.

50:00 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Questions that you need to ask your veterinary team surrounding the expected outcome, life expectancy and gained life expectancy, side effects, treatment plan options, cost, and logistics.

55:37 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Making confident and informed decisions about your dog’s treatment plan as their advocate and guardian, understanding your veterinarian’s position in your dog’s cancer journey, and the Dog Cancer Survival Guide.

68:42 Dr. Demian Dressler:

Answers readers’ question on what to do when your dog won’t eat and how to stimulate appetite.

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