Five Things Vets Want Pet Parents to Know

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When it comes to pets, vets know it best. So we take
a look at some useful pieces of advice that vets would like to give pet parents, based on what they’ve learned from years of practice.

A healthy weight could mean adding more years to your pet’s lifespan

Obesity can accelerate conditions like diabetes and arthritis. Pets can turn obese due to lack of exercise or over-indulgence in treats. Your pet may have a healthy lifestyle with a daily exercise routine, however, a calorie-high diet can make him overweight. The calorie requirements of pets are very different from that of humans. You should be talking to your vet about the specific calorie requirement of your pet, as it depends on their size, age, weight and level of activity.

It may take many tests before we diagnose what is wrong with a pet

Veterinary science is especially tricky because the patient cannot pinpoint what exactly is wrong or the symptoms of a health issue. Of course, you may notice certain symptoms like vomiting or loss or appetite, but these symptoms could point toward many medical conditions. It usually takes quite a few tests before the vet is able to identify what is the problem with your pet. Multiple and repeated medical diagnostic tests are often required.

There are no dumb questions

You may refrain from asking your vet about something just because you do not want to end up sounding dumb, but this may shed some light on an underlying medical condition for all you know. Do not hesitate to ask your vet questions, most vets are glad to help. Also, do not be scared to ask your vet any questions about a diagnosis, medical condition or treatment if you do not understand. Wouldn’t you do the same if you were consulting a doctor about a family member’s health situation?

Don’t always trust Dr.Google

Self-diagnosing is not the smartest idea. While there are authoritative and informative resources online that can help you understand your pet’s medical condition, you do not want to blindly use them to treat your pet. Many pet medical conditions have similar symptoms, and jumping to conclusions and treating your pet based on this can worsen the condition due to a misdiagnosis. Your vet has the experience and training, and is better-equipped to understand and treat the medical condition.

Spay/neuter your pet

Millions of pets are dropped off at shelter, simply because there are not enough number of people to adopt them. Spaying or neutering your pet can help keep the pet population numbers in check. It also has other benefits such as cutting down the risk of cancer, or your pet’s tendency to wander off.

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