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Vets are literal lifesavers when it comes to the health and well-being of your pets. But are they being completely truthful? Although there are some things that your vet won’t tell you, he will never be unethical. It’s their duty to serve good health to your pet. What vets usually hide in the subtle information gleaned from yearly checkups. What they might disapprove of and where you could put in more effort in the care of your pet. Here are a few things that your vet keeps hidden from you to prevent hurting your feelings.
- Your Pet Isn’t Just ‘Big-boned!’
40% of pets are overweight and half of that could be avoided with proper diet and exercise. Obesity can cause many health problems from heart disease to diabetes. Your vet wishes that you would watch out for whether your pet is overweight and not just ‘big-boned’, or, ‘fluffy.’
- Consider A One-On-One Talk With Your Vet Before Adopting A New Pet
Vets are available for consultations and they are only happy to answer any and all of your questions. When you decide to adopt a new pet, you’re taking on a whole new responsibility that you might not really be ready for. Your vet (as they are also a big part of your new pet’s life), wishes that you would speak with them to find out exactly what it is you’re getting into.
- No Hidden Symptoms
Pets can’t talk so you have to be their advocate. No small symptom is unimportant. Your vets need to know the exact symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis. Your vet wishes that you would take note of unusual behavior and report it accordingly on your next visit.
- Neutering Pets Are Better For Their Overall Well-being
When you spay cats within the first 6 months of their lives, you’re decreasing their chances of breast cancer by 92%. Your vet wishes that you would take this step in your pet’s health.
- Brush Their Teeth
Periodontal problems are hard to diagnose and treat. Most dental problems can be avoided with proper dental care. Your vet wishes that you wouldn’t skip your pets’ regular teeth cleaning. Skipping a cleaning puts them at risk for bacteria buildup. The bacteria can easily travel to the bloodstream and cause infections.
- Prepare Them For The Vet
Just like children, your pets can also be a little restless or squeamish at the thought of going to the doctor and car rides aren’t going to help that. Prepare your pet by calming her by exercising her. Try taking her on a walk or playing with her to relax and tire her out a little.
- Call For Medical Advice
That’s what they’re there for. Don’t hesitate to call your vet to know the best treatments, exercise regimes, diets, and other important pet decisions. Include your vet in all the major decisions that you make for your pet.
What Should You Do When You Think Your Vet Might be Missing Something
There is a universal belief that when it comes to the health of our pets, vets know best. This is not untrue. Vets have the expertise, experience, and knowledge to help their pets medically. But you know your pet inside and out. You care for him on a daily basis and you spend more time with him than anyone else. So what can you do when you feel like your vet might have missed something in his exam? The answer’s quite simple actually – communication. Your vet is a medical professional so your concerns won’t anger him. Humans make mistakes all the time by overlooking certain things. Vets are also just human. Good vets won’t fault you when you question their judgment or communicate your concerns. There are however a few things that you should keep in mind when talking to your vet about delicate matters such as these.
- Your attitude matters. We’re not right all the time. If you want your vet to keep an open mind, you should be able to do so too. Perhaps your vet made a mistake. But perhaps he didn’t and your pet just has a complicated case. Perhaps he’ll need more tests and more advanced equipment to figure out exactly what’s wrong with your pet. Keep an open mind when having a conversation with your vet.
- Always be prepared. You know your pet best. Make sure that you have facts to support the fact that you think your vet is wrong. Maybe you know something about your pet that he doesn’t yet. Come prepared and always be ready to give your vet reasons behind your assumptions. Maybe your pet is displaying a different set of symptoms than he was the last time you spoke to your vet. You must have done your homework online before coming to the vet. Mention conditions that you may find especially concerning. Your pet’s condition is likely to change. Don’t expect all of your questions to be answered over the phone. Be patient.
- Go with what your gut tells you. If you’re still worried about your vet’s diagnosis, it’s always safe to ask for a second opinion. Ask your vet about whether a referral to a specialist might be something your pet needs. If you don’t want to have this conversation with your vet, go ahead and schedule an appointment with a specialist yourself. Make sure that you have all of your pet’s previous medical records and blood work so the new vet can have a clearer view of your pet’s medical past. Treatment and diagnosis also become significantly easier when the previous medical records are provided.