While we all want and deserve a trusting relationship with our vet, the truth is that some things can get lost in translation, and in some situations vets may choose to keep their feelings to themselves or to tell the occasional “little white lie” to spare a pet parent’s feelings. Vets are only human, and all humans keep secrets. Here are some whoppers that might surprise you.
1. Your vet might be afraid of your pet
Even though you think your Snookums wouldn’t hurt a fly, almost every vet has had the unpleasant and oftentimes frightening experience of being bitten or clawed by a pet. Breed size and type isn’t always a factor; small pets, like a cat or a Chihuahua, can be just as likely to claw or bite a vet as a Rottweiler. Many pets are distressed by vet visits, and plenty of frightened pets will lash out at an unknown person who handles them in ways the pet isn’t accustomed to, like when giving shots.
2. Your dog’s fitness often mirrors yours
If you exercise your pet every day, then you’re obviously getting exercise too. Conversely, if you’re a coach potato, your pet probably is too. It’s highly unlikely that a pet is getting a lot of activity without the help and influence of their pet parent. Overweight pets frequently have overweight owners.
3. Penny pinching pet parents sometimes frustrate vets
Sometimes veterinary care is expensive. Of course vets want pets to get and stay healthy, yet they understand that pet parents need to respect their budgets. Still, there are times when your vet can’t help a pet because the pet’s parent won’t spend the money that the proper care costs, which can be frustrating. Consider pet insurance so you can hopefully avoid a potentially uncomfortable or tragic situation.
4. Don’t wait: call your vet as soon as you notice your pet is sick
Our pets can’t complain about every ache and sniffle like humans can. If you notice your pet doesn’t feel well, then call your vet right away; your pet probably feels pretty terrible by the time they are noticeably in distress. Many pets even instinctually hide pain. Early treatment for problems ultimately can save a lot of heartache.
5. Many pet foods are better (or worse) than you think
A lot of pet parents go out of their way to cook for their pets or to provide them with all kinds of exotic fare. However, any pet food marked with AAFCO’s feeding information is scientifically formulated to meet all of your pet’s nutritional needs. Vets see more nutrition related problems for pets when pet parents veer off the beaten path. That said, not all pet foods are created equally, and some of those fancy (or cheap) foods basically count as junk food for your pet. Your vet can help you choose the right diet for your pet.
6. Vets often overcharge for pet medications
For prescriptions like flea, tick and heartworm medications, online pharmacies like PetCareRx are most likely going to offer you a better price than your vet. It’s possible your vet could match these lower prices, but you’d have to ask your vet to find out.
7. You should do your research before choosing a pet
It can be hard for a vet to see a family with kids choose a breed that isn’t child-friendly, or to see a large dog that needs lots of attention and exercise living in a small apartment, alone all day while their parents are at work. It’s best to do your research first so you can choose a pet and breed that suits both your lifestyle and your loved ones.
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