Don’t have specialists near you? Habib says another option for dogs is to “pay for a remote visit by phone or by Skype.” He found that the cost for a Skype consultation is generally comparable to an office visit, but enables you to see specialists anywhere in the country. Those specialists will be able to video call with you and your dog, as well as gain access to digital copies of your dog’s medical records sent by your vet.
Above All: Trust Yourself. You Are Your Dog’s Biggest Advocate.
Habib began his journey into canine health and longevity in a quest to treat his own dog after her cancer diagnosis. Although he worked closely with eight different veterinarians to heal his dog, he maintained a very active role in his dog’s cancer treatments. “The best doctor, the best researcher is you,” he says. “It’s your animal. It’s your pet. It’s your lifeline. My dog is my life. She is my whole life, it’s up to me to do that research to try to find what I need to do to make her better.”
This piece was originally published in 2017.
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Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Trainer, and assists with dog agility classes. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with her partner, a senior Chihuahua mix, a rescued Shepherd mix and a Newfoundland puppy, along with two bossy cats and a semi-feral kitten. Learn more at www.SassafrasLowrey.com.
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