What you shouldn't ask your vet
A veterinarian is primarily a doctor. In university, most of the curriculum is devoted to farm animals. There is something in common between a cow and a dog, but they are still different creatures. After graduation, a student does not immediately become a professional. At best, he has already started working part-time in a veterinary clinic, adopting the experience of other doctors and regularly attending courses. You have to acquire knowledge on your own.
After going through all the obstacles, the specialist finally becomes a full-fledged doctor. He is well versed in the physiology and anatomy of pets and enjoys an excellent reputation. However, some questions are better off-screen. Why? The vet may not know everything. There are aspects that he is not interested in. What kind?
Believe it or not, most doctors would not be able to put together a balanced menu. And it's not just about breed characteristics and other details. First, the heated debate over natural and ready-to-feed feed continues. Secondly, this topic is too deep. Thirdly, some clinics are interested in selling their products, so not all veterinarians answer questions honestly.
Doctors will tell you that a dog is a carnivore. They mention minerals, vitamins and supplements. A good veterinarian will even tell you in detail about medicinal dietary foods. Further - the end. The specialist does not know how much fish oil should be given to the pet, what are the daily needs, what is lacking in the diet ... It is better to find out about nutrition from professional breeders. Another option is to buy ready-made feed, the composition of which meets all the requirements.
The vet will definitely share with you general information but dog handlers, zoopsychologists and breeders will tell you much more. On thematic forums you can be given a lot of recommendations about dog "loneliness" or stealing from the table. The experience is shared by ordinary people who independently found information and dealt with the problem.
Another "maze". Different countries have different requirements for the import of animals. This is not within the competence of your vet, so he can easily not know or get confused. If you don't want to find yourself in an awkward situation, find out about the rules yourself. Become familiar with the required program in time: tests, chipping, vaccination, etc. Do not rely on the veterinarian, because it is you who go on the trip, not he. Experienced breeders will give you good advice. They often attend competitions and exhibitions. Please note that for paperwork you need xgo to official government clinics.
Perhaps the most serious problem is with the consequences. At the university, future doctors study genetics, pass exams and ... forget it like a bad dream. Logically, the subject is not the most important for them. However, here lies the main danger: veterinarians can't know about the standards of all dog breeds. They can easily correct bite, replace unequal testes, or "set" ears. It is very difficult to find traces of surgery. Such animals often go to exhibitions and get good marks. "Corrected" pets participate in breeding. If the eyes can be deceived, then this trick will not work with genetics. As a result, people buy puppies at crazy prices, and later become regulars at clinics. And the doctor is not to blame: he simply cannot refuse the client and does not know what the operation is really for.
Veterinarians are not robots. They know how to treat dogs, the rest is exclusively life experience. Due to the specifics of the work, the vet cannot honestly say that he does not know something. This is how misconceptions and myths are born. If we do not want to become victims of such "legends", we will have to find out some details on our own. After all, these are our animals, we are worried and responsible for them.