As adults we make hundreds of decisions every day...some more important than others. From what to eat, what to wear, where to go, etc. As a pet owner, we have that responsibility for our furry companions, as this is not something they are capable of doing on their own. When issues arise, it is important that we be as informed as possible about the situation, ask questions and seek options, and second opinions when necessary. We need to be making the best possible decisions for them as we can....these are our babies...family! By being infomed and knowledgeable we can be more in charge of a situation. We'd do it for ourselves and our young children, we need to do it for our pets because they cannot speak for themselves. Understandably, emergencies can arise that catch us off guard. I'm not real fond of having to make split second decisions on something that I'm not familiar with. And when it's not a life or death situation, I like to be able to step back and do research.
Know what's in the food your feeding your dog. Did you read the label? What are the ingredients?
Don't allow your dog to be given unnecessary prescription drugs. There are times when there are no other options, but again, if it's not a life or death situation, my answer is, 'there's got to be an herb for that'. If you know you have a certain issue, read all you can about it from reliable sources. Most veterinarians (and some specialists) are not familiar with natural and herbal remedies. And the majority have little teaching on nutrition, and what they did learn in vet school was most likely presented by a prescription dog food company.
Be an advocate for your faithful friend. Get to know your dog well enough that you know what's normal, so that you will know what's abnormal . Be your dog's advocate for their health, nutrition and well-being. It is a daily necessity - their lives are depending on it!