When to Get a Second Opinion

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Studies on second opinions in human medicine have shown startling results—as many as one in five patients receive the wrong diagnosis, almost 80% of patients who get a second opinion leave the office with a new or refined diagnosis, and 20% receive a “distinctly different” diagnosis.
When is it time to seek a second opinion for your pet? You don’t need a reason to get a second opinion, but there are situations that indicate it’s time for another veterinarian to chime in:
  • Get a second opinion if you have been treating your pet but their symptoms continue.
  • Get a second opinion if your pet is diagnosed with a rare disease.
  • Get a second opinion if the recommended treatment is risky or involves surgery.
  • Get a second opinion if your pet is diagnosed with
  • Get a second opinion if your gut reaction tells you something is off.
Are you anxious or afraid of insulting your current veterinarian by seeking more input? Don’t be—it’s a standard medical practice and any good vet will be comfortable with your desire to do what’s best for your pet.
If you’re making major decisions about almost any other aspect of your life, don’t you rely on more than one source of information? Have you ever bought a car, for example, on the spot, without days of research?
Being a good consumer of veterinary care means seeking as much information as possible so you can decide what is best for your pet.
Book your second opinion appointment now. Your pet will be happy you did!

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Jay Rowan, VMD

With over 35 years of experience as a general practitioner, Dr. Rowan has seen it all! He aims to treat your pets as if they are his own. Stop in to check out Doc's unique collection of veterinary antiques and vintage advertising featuring dogs and cats. Clients appreciate his exceptional “petside” manner and pragmatic approach.
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Dr. Erin Downes is a pet enthusiast and an educator, and one of Paoli Vetcare’s greatest strengths. A lifelong lover of animals, Erin has spent three decades putting pets first.

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Dr. Lauren Trusa

Dr. Trusa loves developing long-lasting relationships with both clients and pets. She believes it’s crucial to carefully listen to all your concerns, skillfully communicate her recommendations, and thoroughly answer your questions. Dr. Trusa has over ten years experience and especially enjoys veterinary dentistry and surgery.

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