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Veterinarians vs Real doctors: we’re the other family physicians!

Aug 17

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I was reading one of the recent (March 2012: guess I'm not too far behind in keeping up:) in my veterinary journals, VETERINARY MEDICINE dvm360.com when I came across this interesting essay a veterinarian submitted as the following commentary (thanks to Dr. Ed Wolff from Stevensville, Montana):

                                               Two different doctor's offices

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day, and has time booked for surgery the following week.

The second patient sees his family doctor after waiting three weeks for an appointment, then waits eight weeks to see a specialist, then get an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week, and finally has surgery scheduled six months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first is a Golden retriever. The second is a senior citizen!

Puzzling essay provides perspective: what do you think? Feel free to comment... we may bark but we don't bite!