There are so many pet owners around the world. The responsible ones ensure their pets see a vet regularly, even if just annually for a checkup. Sadly, many pet owners take for granted that the advice they are given at any veterinary surgery is gold, much to the suffrage of their pets.
As a veterinary nurse, I saw many animals rushed into the surgery due to neglect and abuse, but also encountered many who had suffered the ill effects of “advice” given by novices who are too embarrassed to simply admit that they do not know the answer, nor were willing to seek out advice from people who do.
Worming, for example. Many people want the cheapest, quickest and easiest way to worm their pets. They ask a receptionist, without giving the required information needed. As a result, you might end up with a spot-on method of worming for cats. This is fine if your home only has one cat, as spot-on is toxic and is applied between the shoulder blades of the cat, ensuring that they cannot reach that area and ingest it. If you are a TWO cat household (or more), however, the only types of worming you should be seeking out are tablet form or paste (get ready to have your clothes and face covered in it when the cat spits it out). While giving a tablet to a cat may not be as simple for new pet owners as giving a tablet to a dog would be, you can always book an appointment and ask a veterinary nurse to administer the tablet for you. But you must always ensure you receive THE RIGHT ADVICE from the people who have been trained to give it.
Some veterinary surgeries (although thankfully, not many) will actually offer ill advice, knowing that the pet owner will need to return for a remedy to bad reactions of what they have sold or offered in advice. A friend of mine’s cat recently ingested spot-on worming treatment while bathing their litter mate, after which, the cat stopped eating, walked like a highly intoxicated drunk, could not be in places with light, etc. My advice was to give both cats a bath IMMEDIATELY to remove the spot-on liquid from their fur, before advising her of the lethal effects of spot-on treatments in multiple pet households. When the same vet was contacted the following day, it was recommended that the cat be brought in for blood tests, brain analysis, tests for organ failure… with prices through the roof. Such veterinary surgeries should be shut down for willingly endangering the lives of animals in order to profit from the dangers they had introduced to the home.
My advice to all of you, regardless of the type of pet you have (whether furry, scaly or bald), is to ALWAYS do your homework. Do not be afraid of second opinions. And always be sure to give your vet or veterinary nurse ALL of the information, regardless how insignificant you might think it is. If your pet has been sick in the past, has a family history of an illness, lives with another pet who has been sick in the past, or simply lives with other pets in the home… as well as whether your pet is indoors only or is permitted outside, a good vet will not get bored with your input. They will make careful note and ensure that your pets receive the best advice and the best treatment, each and every time.
Blessed Yule to you all, and have a wonderful December 🙂