When a cat has been diagnosed with a rare or even serious illness and faces critical life-or-death treatment options, the owner with very little to no experience in these matters may not be fully able to understand the recommendations of the primary doctor or be able to make a decision. This would be a good time to ask the opinion of other doctors.
Veterinary medicine has entered the age of cross-disciplinary treatment. There are veterinarians of various medical disciplines internationally whose opinions when gathered can describe certain cases with a more in-depth perspective and even open avenues to other treatment options. This is possible with a medical second opinion consultation.
Miao Cat Hospital is among only a handful of veterinary hospitals which offer second-opinions, and we have become very experienced over the years. Veterinary medicine has indeed become more refined, bringing more options and hope with it. However, the progression of the illness means that the window for making the best decision is constantly shrinking, and so seeking a second opinion in a timely manner is critical.
Consulting different doctors is a good way of fully understanding the situation and finding out about the newest treatment related information, as well as a way to learn about the proper way to take care of a cat
When your vet has completed a full physical examination but a diagnosis cannot be made.
When your vet has a confirmed diagnosis but you are unsure about their method of treatment.
When a vet is unable to make a diagnosis or has found something out of his or her area of expertise, at which time we are available for peer consultation.
In order for second-opinion consultations to be conducted smoothly, a complete medical history and records are required, including all original image records such as X-rays, MRI or CT scans, as well as diagnostic reports and other detailed records. This allows us to fully understand the situation of the cat which makes it possible to make the most appropriate reading and recommendations.
Even if the cat is away from the owner, when medical records are provided, the doctor will first decide whether or not an appropriate recommendation can be given. If it is decided so, once the proper fees have been received, the owner will be contacted either via telephone or online.