How to support companion animals with special needs
In a recent interview with dvm360®, Melissa Shapiro, DVM, discussed methods that industry professionals can use to support and care for pets with special needs.
At the 2021 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC), Melissa Shapiro, DVM, shared with dvm360® how veterinary professionals can help pets with special needs by extending support, listening, and providing resources to their caregivers.
View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript:
Melissa Shapiro, DVM: When veterinarians come to the table and see a blind and deaf dog, they may not have experience with blind and deaf dogs in a household, [and] maybe this is the first one they are seeing. [Veterinarians] need to listen to the people, they need to hear what is going on in this house with this dog, and what the concerns are. But in addition, veterinarians I think have a big responsibility to have some understanding of all of these disabilities.