Many of us wanted to become veterinarians when we were kids. But now we are all adults and this dream has not come true for all of us. And that’s probably for the best. After all, this work is far from easy, because these specialists must deal daily with the pain and suffering of patients who can not explain their problems with words. But the best reward for those who devote their lives to treating animals is to understand that they have saved their lives.
MagicalTip looked closely at the blogs held by veterinarians and discovered many interesting things about their work. By learning some of this information, who knows, maybe one day you could save your pet!
#10. Il est difficile de connaître l’historique médicale du patient d’un vétérinaire, car il ne peut tout simplement pas parler.
Of course, a cat or dog will not tell the vet himself where he is hurting. The most visible symptoms will be described by the owner of the animal. That’s why it’s so important to answer the doctor’s questions honestly and accurately, even the most uncomfortable ones. For example, what medicines did you give yourself to your pet, or did you not give any of the medications a veterinarian had already prescribed to your pet?
Veterinarians assure you that you will not be convicted or judged if you have done something wrong. But your honesty guarantees your pet to be prescribed the appropriate treatment.
#9. The most dangerous dogs are not pitbulls or rottweilers
Veterinarians are often asked if they are afraid to auscultate so-called “attack dogs”. It turns out that big dogs are not the most dangerous patients. According to a study, veterinarians are more often bitten by small “harmless” chihuahuas. It is interesting to note that for veterinary men, the probability of being bitten is higher than for women.
Another category of “dangerous” patients are cats. It is true that they leave memories more easily on the hands of veterinarians, not with their teeth, but with their claws.
#8. Veterinarians do not solve behavior problems
If your dog bites or your cat has a habit of scratching anyone who tries to pet him, a veterinarian will not solve the problem. The only exceptions are cases where such behaviors have emerged recently, and if they are related to obvious symptoms of illness, such as refusal to eat.
If your pet is constantly aggressive, you better contact a dog handler or a zoopsychologist (animal psychologist), who is a specialist dealing specifically with animal behavior problems. Zoopsychologists often have private practices and rarely work in veterinary clinics.
#7. Food supplements are not necessary if the food is properly selected.
High quality foods already contain all the vitamins and minerals your pet needs. You will not need to buy additional nutritional supplements.
If you decide to prepare the food you give your pet yourself, a vitamin supplement can help you, as well as regular consultation with a veterinarian. A specialist will help you choose which foods are best for your pet, and he will tell you which vitamins your pet needs.
#6. Attention with raw meat
In general, people who decide to prepare the food they give their pets themselves make a lot of mistakes. The most common is to give raw meat or its derivatives to a dog or a cat. These foods are dangerous for many reasons. First, raw meat will not provide your pet with all the necessary vitamins and minerals.
Secondly, if you have already used your animal to eat prepared foods (such as croquettes), switching to a “raw diet” can lead to dysbacteriosis and diarrhea.
Before making such a decision, consult a veterinarian. It will help you choose the most suitable diet for your pet, and he will explain how to make the transition to this new diet in the safest way possible.
#5. Never give your pet medicine for humans
And above all, hide them well so that your dog or your cat does not eat them accidentally. Some analgesics, such as naproxen, are toxic and extremely dangerous to animals. Cough and cold medicines, as well as diet pills, have a harmful effect on their heart rate. Fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E are toxic to dogs and cats.
However, in some cases, veterinarians prescribe “human” medicines to animals. This is the case, for example, anticancer drugs or antidepressants. But in any case, remember: the decision to give any type of medicine should only be made by a specialist. Give nothing to your pet just because you think it will help him.
#4. Extensible leashes cause damage to animals in most cases
These leashes are very popular because they give dogs almost total freedom of movement. The dog can go sniff all he wants, meet other animals and he can even run very easily. And any dog owner appreciates the fact of strolling while giving pleasure to his animal. But yet, not everything is so rosy.
Stretch leashes often cause injury to dogs. Veterinarians describe cases where dogs have had cervical lesions because the tension in this type of collar would be too strong. Sometimes, animals get injured in fights with other dogs, because their leash is too long and their master does not have time to react quickly to a dangerous situation.
These “drop-down” leashes are justified in only one case: when your dog is already mature, educated and calm. If your dog is hyperactive, or if it is a puppy, it is better to avoid buying a leash of this kind.
#3. Pet owners often consult veterinarians too late
What do you do when you realize something is wrong with your pet? It is likely that you start by searching on Google for symptoms and look for a solution to your problem on the Internet. But there are times when time is the most valuable resource, and that’s why in those cases you’d better see a doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes the veterinarian can not save an animal simply because he has arrived too late at his office.
#2. It’s very difficult to euthanize an animal, but sometimes it’s the best solution
Euthanizing an animal is suffering not only for its owner, but also for the veterinarian. There is never a good time: it will always seem that you can wait another day, try another treatment. Anyway, you’ll want to make such a decision.
But if your animal is suffering from an incurable disease, if the ceaseless operations and medications do not bring him any relief, then putting an end to his sufferings is the best solution.
#1. It’s not just a job
Veterinarians often choose this profession not for money, but because they really love animals. They would happily take their time taking photos of their patients and petting them if they did not have other patients who need their help.
Veterinarians remember all their patients. They think of them when they return home, they watch with passion puppies and kittens become beautiful adult animals, and they rejoice when the care they give is bearing fruit. They would certainly prefer to see your pet only for great opportunities, such as for example to make simple vaccinations.
Many veterinarians also have their own animals, and they often even have several. They know very well how you feel and how much you can suffer when your pet is sick or injured. And you can be sure that they will do everything in their power to help your faithful companion.
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