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Your veterinarian is trained to care for your pet — and is privileged to do so. But no amount of training or fancy, high-tech equipment can replace one crucial piece of the animal-care puzzle: your input.
Here are 10 things most veterinarians would like you to know.
The more information — and questions — you have, the better. There’s nothing more helpful than bringing in a list of problems your pet has, concerns you want to discuss and questions you want to ask, so that you don’t forget anything when you visit. There’s a lot going on when you come to the veterinary practice, and it’s beneficial to have all the pertinent information ready when you arrive at your pet’s appointment.
The sooner you call, the better. Along these same lines, don’t wait too long to address an issue your pet is experiencing. Some problems in pets can turn into emergencies within 24 hours. For many conditions, fast action and early treatment can save your pet suffering and ensure a more complete cure. Remember, the first time you think about calling, you should.
Use the Internet wisely. The Internet is a great source of information — if you go to the right sites. Look at your veterinary practice's website for reference links, or ask your vet for an authoritative site that covers your pet’s illness. And never try to diagnose your pet based on Internet intel alone. In the same way, never treat your pet based on suggestions you find on the web. It's always better to consult your veterinarian first.
Ask about pain relief. Even though vets can’t always provide a cure for certain illnesses, they can usually treat pain in your pet. The field of pain relief is well-advanced, so make sure you seek out a vet for help, even if your pet has an incurable condition.
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