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The vet is the first person we run to when our pets show the slightest signs of being sick. But have you ever wondered if vet pet parents do the same? Well, logic would tell us that their pets are capable of getting just as sick as anybody else's pet and also that vets just have the advantage of attending to them 24x7.
However, here’s the thing – vets don’t need to worry about their pets getting sick as often as our pets do. This is because vets believe in pet care over cure. They know what to do before things get worse, and that’s something all pet owners can try to imbibe and put into practice. So, here are a few tips on what vets would do to keep their furry friends in tip-top shape.
Exercise and Nutrition
Vets love their pets just as much as you do. But the difference is that vets don’t define love as giving your little friend whatever he/she wants. They understand the value of health and how important diet and exercise are concerning their pet’s overall well-being. So, you should probably follow the same approach.
Making sure that your pet consumes a well-balanced diet and gets enough exercise will help you prevent obesity and its associated complications. Well-thought-out pet food can also make sure your pet doesn’t eat anything that can lead to an allergy.
According to Katie Grzyb, an Emergency Clinician and DVM at the Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group in New York, most pet foods in the market today are advanced enough to offer complete health benefits. So, do your research and feed your pet as a professional vet would.
Premium dog food like Blue Buffalo dog food, Hill Science dog food, and others are recommended by veterinarians.
Veterinarians understand the various benefits of dog teeth cleaning. They’ve studied it and know what can happen if oral care is poor. They’ve seen it up close. That’s why a veterinarian can be very stern when it comes to their pet’s oral health. Ignoring your pet’s oral health can result in the formation of dental conditions such as gingivitis, tartar, abscesses, jawbone infection, tooth loss, etc.
Preventive oral care is the ideal way to go if you need your pet to be fully healthy. Plus, it helps you gain some peace of mind as well. So, ask your vet about what needs to be done and follow the instructions. Generally, you will be required to clean your pet’s teeth at home regularly using a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste. And also bring him/her in for visits once in 6 months.
This is one area that most first-time pet owners tend to ignore because they think grooming for animals is superficial. However, the exact opposite is quite true. Pets need grooming, and you’ll never find a vet avoiding it in the case of their pets. Vets pay attention to everything from cutting their pet’s nails to brushing coats with a dog brush regularly. So, it would be wise for you to take your vet’s advice and do the same for your pet.
Here’s What Vets Should Remember While Making Pet Food Recommendations
Pet food is offered at almost all vet clinics in the country. Some vet clinics offer only specialized food, which is necessary for pets ailing from certain disorders, but a majority of the clinics promote regular food required for the maintenance of pets, like fresh dog food. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that veterinarians understand nutrition because it’s not part of their training or education. Further, many pet food brands don’t fully disclose the contents of their products. That’s why vets must pay extra care to patients and their unique conditions when making food recommendations.
Branded Pet Food Isn’t The Only Option
Food reps may have knocked on your door many times, claiming to have the best possible formula food for pets. The truth about this scenario is that partnerships with vets are simply means to attract more business to the table. When a food rep is telling you that a certain brand is for veterinarians only, they’re using that exclusivity to upsell a product. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is special or has the nutrition that your patients require.
Even if the food rep tells you that the branded pet food is backed by research, take those words with caution. Unless you see the research for yourself corroborated by neutral, unbiased sources, you can’t be certain that it’s true.
Many food reps even suggest that raw, natural food is ‘unbalanced’ and harmful. But as a vet, you’ve probably seen many patients who are fed this food and show no signs that warrant any alarm. Many pet owners are passionate about their pet’s health and feed these animals home-cooked meals. Many of them claim that these alternative diets are more healthy for their canines.
So, before you conclude which is better —branded or home-cooked— or choose to back one exclusively, consider both and try to use your patients as case studies. Ask dog owners who visit your clinic for feedback on the veterinary-only food that they might have used. Observe the physical and behavioral conditions of dogs having both diets for yourself before coming to any conclusions. And of course, ensure you question the food reps more thoroughly before accepting to promote any brands of pet food.
Even when suggesting branded pet food over natural food, some brands are better than others. You have to be certain that the brand has been approved by governmental regulatory bodies and is safe for the consumption of pets. You should also be wary of the constitution of each product because some of your pet patients may not take well to certain ingredients. Therefore, delve a little into options like grain-free dog food, natural dog food, canned dog food, and more.
Before recommending food to your patient's owners, consider each unique pet's needs, and confirm the safety and quality of any product that you might recommend. And remember, natural, homemade diets are also an option.