Ask Dr. Anna: Importance of communication

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This past year I have been plagued with chronic migraines that have led me to many different doctors’ offices for diagnosis and treatment. Not only has this journey taught me to be a more compassionate and caring person but it has also taught me the importance of communication between doctor and patient.  

Anna Coffin is the Veterinarian at Guthrie Pet Hospital and can be contacted at (405) 282-8796.
Anna Coffin is the Veterinarian at Guthrie Pet Hospital and can be contacted at (405) 282-8796.

While flipping through a veterinary magazine I came across some statistics that shocked me about my own clients. In a recent pet owner survey, only 57% of pet owners believe that their veterinarian communicates in a manner they understand. Only 44% of pet owners agree that their veterinarian clearly explained why their pet should be seen again.  I’m almost embarrassed to say that many pet owners often leave appointments without even realizing a physical exam even took place.

This is a journey through a series of blogs that will walk you through the steps of vising a veterinarian for annual vaccines. Why, preventative medicine? Preventative medicine is the backbone to a healthy, longer living pet. It allows a vet to detect any hidden illnesses which could otherwise go untreated and have serious consequences. In this series I will discuss 5 key steps that will lead you and your pet toward a healthy, happier lifestyle.

  • History
  • Physical Exam
  • Testing
  • Vaccines
  • Preventative medication

I’m looking forward to guiding you through this important part of veterinary medicine. Check back next week for the next portion of the preventative medicine series where I will discuss why we ask all those annoying questions before the exam.

BTW, if you haven’t been to see your vet call to set up an appointment so they can be sure everything is A-OK!

Please e-mail me with your questions at and put “Ask Dr. Anna” in the subject line or mail your questions to 123 West Harrison Guthrie, OK 73044.

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“The reason dogs have so many friends is because they wag their tails and not their tongues.” author unknown

One Response to "Ask Dr. Anna: Importance of communication"

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