How we wish our vets were all like Dr. Dolittle, who could communicate with animals and understand them perfectly. However, since that isn’t the case and our pets mostly rely on us to speak for them at the vet, the responsibility of ensuring a successful vet visit rests on the pet-owner. Regular and effective vetinerary check-ups shall go a long way in ensuring that your dog enjoys a long and healthy life.
Make sure the vetinerary doctor you choose is one you can have an open and frank conversation with without feeling intimated or overwhelmed. Scheduling an appointment prior to your visit also ensures that you are able to ask questions and allay whatever concerns you may have. Prepare for the visit for putting all things you may need to take with you together such as medical records before the visit. Also be prepared with all the questions you may have for your vet.
Some dogs are aggressive or unpredictable by nature and it is often to tell when something is wrong and it might be time to take your dog for a visit to the vet. While this article is not exhaustive in this regard, the behavioural symptoms listed must not be ignored under any circumstances. It is always better to be safe and take your dog to the doctor than let a medical condition worsen and be sorry later.
If your pet suddenly develops odd eating habits, such as fluctuations in appetite or excessive thirst, you should take him to the doc if the developments continue beyond two days. Similarly, a rough, lacklustre coat, excessive tiredness, cloudy or red eyes and an unusual gait with the rear dragged are all tell-tale signs that all is not well. Pay attention to the little things such as these and you should be able to care for your pet better.
Also, if your pet is probably fat or has unhealthy eating habits it is because you do too. Most pet owners like to show affection by indulging their dogs, often giving them all the wrong things to eat such as chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to most pets, and if your pet is all over you when you’re eating some, maybe give them just a teensy bit of a sliver. But remember to stop right there!
Do follow your vet’s advice scrupulously and remember to take care of your pets as you would your children. It is recommended that you get health check-ups done every few months, but if you may be constrained by your budget or by time at some point, you can always reach out to our online vetinerary experts at Querease.