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Vet Confidential arms pet owners with valuable information to help them make important healthcare decisions for their pets.

Vet Confidential arms pet owners with valuable information to help them make important healthcare decisions for their pets.

Out of the Cage! (Summer 2008)

Pet Owners Get Help in Making Healthcare Decisions for Their Pets

Choosing a veterinarian can be one of the most important decisions a pet owner makes in the life of his or her pet. Now there's a guide that can help pet owners make the best choices — Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health. Written by Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, Vet Confidential arms pet owners with the information they need to make the best decisions for their companion animals.

According to Dr. Murray, who earlier this year gave a fascinating presentation about controlling infectious disease to Alliance Participating Organizations and veterinarians at an Alliance Strength Training session, the most important step a pet owner/guardian can take to protect their pet's well-being is to find an excellent veterinarian who they trust, and work in partnership with that veterinarian to keep their pet healthy and safe. "A trusted veterinarian can provide advice on everything from what's best to feed the pet, to good preventive care to protect the pet, proper diagnosis and treatment when the pet is ill, and even behavior and training," she says.

With all the progress that has been made in recent years in veterinary medicine, more choices are available to pet owners than ever before. But with so many choices come confusion and uncertainty in terms of healthcare for pets. In her book, Dr. Murray cuts through the confusion, addresses common concerns of pet owners, and arms them with knowledge so they can make the most informed health care decisions for their pets. It's filled with tips, checklists, and sample questions to ask a potential veterinarian or a current veterinarian during times of crisis.

In addition to guiding pet owners in choosing a veterinarian, Vet Confidential covers a wide range of topics related to pet healthcare, including:

What to look for during your pet's exam.

When it's time to seek out a specialist.

How to make sure your pet is protected by up-to-date technology, safe anesthesia protocols, and advanced surgical techniques.

Proper pain management and adequate nursing care for your pet.

The lowdown on vaccinations.

The growing realm of alternative veterinary medicine.

The latest pet insurance plans.

The use and misuse of steroid medication in the veterinary community.

Where to turn if you suspect improper care.

Vet Confidential is available for purchase in bookstores and online. Click here to read more about Vet Confidential.