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Why is a Veterinarian Client Relationship Important for Your Pet’s Health?  

As a pet parent, you have taken on the responsibility of caring for a living thing, and this duty includes ensuring that your pet lives a happy and healthy life. In order to make sure your pet is their healthiest and happiest, it is necessary to have a Veterinarian Client Based Relationship or a VCPR for short. A VCPR is a relationship that develops when your veterinarian knows your pet, understands the treatment they receive, and takes responsibility for making clinical decisions about your pet’s health. Under your veterinarian’s care, they will advise you on the benefits and risks of different treatment options, oversee treatment, and make sure that you follow through with their recommendations and instructions. Additionally, your veterinarian will assist you in knowing how to get emergency care for your pet if the situation arises to higher-level care

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Developing this relationship starts when your veterinarian examines your pet in their facilities and is done so on a regular schedule to track and monitor your pet’s health. It is important to note that this relationship cannot be established online, email, or phone. It takes time and requires in-person examinations over time. However, once this relationship is established, the client and veterinarian can determine discussions over the phone about your pet’s health, but it is up to your veterinarian’s discretion to determine the most appropriate remedies in the best interest of your pet’s wellbeing.

This relationship is significant and is required by law in many states, requiring a veterinarian to diagnose or treat your pet or prescribe/dispense medications. A VCPR must be in effect according to your state’s Veterinary Practice Act, and the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics requires a VCPR for a veterinarian to prescribe medication or treat an animal. Further, your veterinarian should be familiar with your animal’s medical history and provide you with the best care. With this information, your veterinarian can tailor a vaccination program to give your pet the best protection from disease and make sure that it doesn’t get a vaccination that is not necessary.

Diagnosing an animal is like solving a puzzle – your veterinarian must figure out how to fit the pieces together. To solve the mystery, your veterinarian has to examine your pet with a hands-on physical examination and thorough knowledge of your animal’s body systems and how they function.