This post’s featured image kind of gives away the suspense of this article, but it could not be more relevant to veterinarians. We may have your pet in our exam room for perhaps 30 minutes, in the operating room for perhaps 90 minutes, or in the hospital perhaps for a few days. However, the treatment and rehabilitation that must occur for a pet for make a full recovery could be weeks or months…meaning, that the pet owner has perhaps as big an influence on the success of treatment than the veterinarian making the treatment recommendations.
Owner compliance deficiencies can stem from patients that may be particularly difficult to treat. Sometimes it may be the result of forgetting to treat the pet because a pet owner may be particularly busy with work, raising children, or personal emergencies.
That stated, please observe the picture above and take a guess which species poses the biggest challenge to compliance with the veterinarian’s treatment recommendations. If you picked the human, you are absolutely correct.
I may have outlined some legit challenges an owner may face to proper treatment compliance, however, very often failure to comply is the result of a conscious decision to not comply or an inexplicable failure to follow clear instructions.
Here are a few common examples of compliance failures leading to bad outcomes that I experience on a regular basis:
I could go on here, but you get the idea. I am so commonly bombarded with compliance failures that it makes me want to bring out my inner Jerry McGuire (Tom Cruise), pleading with his high maintenance wide receiver client Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and say, “Help me, help you; help me, help you; help me, help you.”
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a globally recognized expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , general partner of Grant Animal Clinic, and runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care. Dr. Welton fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.