There are many advantages for general veterinary practitioners in treating canine athletes and working dogs. For one, they’re owned by clients who’ve invested a significant amount of time, emotion, effort and money into raising, training, and working or competing with their canine partners. These clients want the absolute best care and best outcomes for their dogs, creating an opportunity to practice state-of-the-art medicine.
Many of these clients are highly compliant and will do exactly as you say. In fact, they long for a veterinarian to listen to them and give them recommendations to improve the healing process; they want to be involved.