6 Ways You Might Be Driving Your Vet Crazy

When it comes to caring for our pets, we can tend to turn into helicopter parents.

Though we’re well-intentioned, oftentimes our behavior during this time can create something of a headache for our veterinarian trying to help our pets get better. Here are some ways you might be driving your vet a little nuts.

Checking with Dr. Google

Your veterinarian spent years researching how to help your pet stay healthy and fight off disease, along with how to fix them when things go wrong. Arguing with her about a diagnosis you found after a few minutes browsing online is not only a bit silly, but potentially harmful to your pet. She’s knows what she’s talking about, so be sure to follow her advice. If you want to find good places to read about what’s happening with your pet online, your vet would probably be happy to share some legitimate resources.

Arguing Prices

A lot of pet owners seem baffled as to why shelters and other non-profit organizations can offer low-cost spays and neuters while vets tend to charge a few hundred more. It’s a legitimate question with a fairly straightforward answer. Those government run shelters and non-profits are being subsidized by taxpayer dollars and donations, while vets have to buy equipment out-of-pocket. That means the costs are actually the same but you’re just not paying most of them; random strangers are doing it for you. Remember, the equipment and medicine required to perform a surgery is not cheap. You’re also often getting a higher quality of care with your veterinarian than you might find at a cheaper clinic.

Cradling Your Pet During Exams

The vet has to be able to interact with your pet when performing an exam and refusing to let go kind of hinders the process. There’s usually a technician on hand whose job it is to handle your dog or cat; by you holding, on you’re actually creating a potentially harmful situation wherein your pet might become protective of you and snap. Unless the vet asks otherwise, stay back a few feet and let them do their job. If you want to lend a hand, it’s often helpful to just stay in your pet’s line of sight so they know you’re not abandoning them during the process.

Not Controlling Your Children

It’s understandable that young kids might get excited at the vet’s office; there are plenty of animals running around after all. But allowing your child to run loose around the office is incredibly dangerous with strange cats and dogs about. Not all of them are going to be friendly to start with, and the vet’s office is often a stressful place for them. If your child runs around and scares a dog it might attack, putting you, your kid, and the veterinarian in an awful situation. Bring them, but make sure they behave and keep them in your sight at all times.

Waiting Until Last Minute

If you see that your pet is displaying strange behavior or has begun vomiting or defecating around the house, it’s okay to call your vet and ask for advice. They’ll usually find time to return your phone call and assess if it’s something that they need to exam in person. What’s not okay is waiting for a few days then calling your vet at 5:00pm on Friday as his staff is about to head home and claim it’s an emergency.

Ignoring Medical Advice

There’s nothing more frustrating for a veterinarian than recommending a plan to help get your pet back to full health after an illness or surgery only to have you ignore their advice. Not only is this hurtful to your pet, but it’s also just going to cost you more money in the long run when you have to start the treatment over from scratch. Things like skin infections often aren’t gone just because the skin cleared up after a few pills, so always follow through to the end of the prescribed treatment until it’s gone, per your vet’s instructions.

Meet the Author: Ben Kerns

Ben Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego. When he’s not busy working you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with funding his outdoor obsessions for as little money as possible. This stuff gets expensive.

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