By Dr. Patty Khuly, vetstreet.com
After I've spent years getting to know their pets really well, I sometimes find that owners are willing to say things to me that are typically reserved for close friends. But I take it all in stride. In fact, I usually read a client's willingness to reveal something personal - within reason, of course - as a compliment of sorts.
Nothing says "I trust you" like the question I received last week from one of my younger clients:
"Last night, my boyfriend and I got into a really big fight. We've been talking about moving in together and we finally got to the apartment-hunting stage. The problem is that it's hard to find an affordable place that will accept Rufus [her dog] and Milo [her cat].
"But instead of looking for apartments a bit farther away that take pets, he came up with a plan to give them away to my parents! All of a sudden, he's saying that he can't see himselfRead More »from Vet as Therapist: When a Client's Boyfriend Hates Pets