The following is a condensed version of an article I wrote for my site, vetabusenetwork.com, entitled “Going to the Vet? Ten Ways to Protect Your Best Friend.”
These were lessons I learned the hard way – by losing my beloved Suki to a despicable veterinarian who violated my trust in every way possible without a second thought. That completely unnecessary tragedy at the hands of a monster taught me that when it comes to protecting your pet, you must treat your visit to a veterinary facility as you would any other consumer setting. You must never, ever let your guard down, thinking that all vets love animals and would never harm them (you couldn't be more wrong). Or that a vet who does something wrong will do the honorable thing and own up to it (nope - some just love to use the word honorable while lying their sorry asses off in every way possible).
I've narrowed down the ten ways to these top five, but they are by no means a complete list. There are probably 20 more I could list. I learn something new from every victim who contacts me, about how to avoid what I believe are mostly unnecessary tragedies at the vet's office. These are things that if you implement in the total picture of your pet's care, you might have a fighting chance against incompetent, negligent, and abusive veterinarians who take advantage of a trusting, unsuspecting public every day. I hope you find something useful here to keep your beloved companions safe.