🐾 Pet vet tips contain cautionary thoughts, which can save time, trouble, and stress for everyone in the family. In this post you will understand more about our backstage work world.
🐾 I always say that when you know a process better then you know how to react accordingly.
Our little patients have paws
- When we show up in the waiting room to call you in the consult room, we put the animal’s name first for a reason: a subtle emphasis – it establishes who is most important to us when it comes to the consultation.
- The owner is bringing the patient to us, the vets. We are not seeing an owner who just happens to have a pet. Pet parents have to understand that our little patients are the ones who are being examined.
- Pet parents, however, do have the authority to provide us with the information that is needed to decide what is best for their loved ones according to the conclusion of the consultation!
Tip: We hope you don’t mind and we hope you understand that we respect you, but also that they are our patients!
We need concentration
- During a consultation, we cannot concentrate at our absolute sharpest for the entire consultation – and the next, and the next, and the next.
- Sometimes we need a small break, drink a glass of water, clear our minds, see the next consultation reason in the system and then start a new consultation.
- Sometimes we need a moment’s mental downtime meaning that we allocate a few minutes for ourselves, to be able to concentrate harder, for longer, when we need to.
- We have different moods within a day. Sometimes, we have very difficult cases, such as an euthanasia, which involves a lot of mental strength and we can also have breakdowns and cry.
- We love your paws as much as you do and trust me, this is difficult for us as well. For example, I am very empathetic and it is sometimes very difficult for me to regain my strength and gather all my thoughts to be able to go further with the next consultations.
- It is not as easy as it seems to request a test or to prescribe a specific medication for your paws. Believe me, we try to put ourselves in your shoes even when it comes to money. We try to understand you financially and we need to think!
Tip: Don’t put too much pressure on us and don`t speed up a consultation because the best diagnostics need time for thinking (if there is a more complex case), to gather all the information needed, decisions and good results.
Schedule your time so that you can have extra time!
We need to respect our consultation time!
- Emergency situations. Sometimes we have to stop or postpone a consultation because a life threatening case shows up. The first priority is to save lives!
- Sometimes it may happen that an owner comes with a patient for a specific consultation and in the mean time, they remember another thing that wasn`t specified from the very beginning (and has nothing to do with the initial consultation or has no emergency reason).
- When you book a specific consultation, try to inform our receptionist with the correct reason and everything they may need to know. Sometimes we allocate a specific time for a case and we end up with 2-to-5 other different questions.
- Don’t get us wrong! We are here to respond to every question but sometimes this can mean that we have to allocate even more time for a consultation and the rest of the owners from the waiting room will become very grumpy. We need to respect our consultation time!
Tip: When you book in a consultation, it is better to inform us from the very beggining if you have any aditional requests apart from the initial consultation reason.
One minute wasted is 7-8 % of your time gone! If you need more time with us, inform us and we will try to give you the time you need!
If you are aggressive to the vet staff, you will be treated differently
- This is a general rule in society: don’t expect to be treated better than you treat others.
- Most vet clinics keep comprehensive records of behavior of both you and your pet.
- We are here to help you and sometimes when we try to do our best, we receive injurious responses and inappropriate behaviour.
Nothing is set in stone in medicine in general!
- Some cases are worked out by the book while some others are more difficult. It is the same process as in human medicine but with different kinds of patients.
Tip: Allow your vet to explain evey step in the diagnostic and treatment process and ask questions.
Be patient, try to think rational and try to understand and accommodate with the situation.
Honesty. The Best Policy!
- In our field, we have seen it all!
- If, for some reason, your loved one ate/ ingested something that you may be embarrassed to talk about, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
- It is very important to be honest and better to tell us the truth, because we can understand what you two are going through.
- Try to imagine the relationship that you have with your local vet as it would be with your personal doctor. You still have to tell him the truth, for him/her to be able to help you, right?
- Who knows what new things we can see in the future, but this is our job. We are here to diagnose and treat your loved ones and we will not judge you for whatever objects/ substances are stuck, vomited, defecated or even surgically removed from their digestive tract.
- We are here to help you and your paws!
Tip: Keep in mind that your honesty and open minded thinking can save a lot of time and money and most of all, your pet’s life.
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Be Responsible When It Comes To Medications!
This is a very important and dangerous topic to talk about because pet parents must think rational and be aware of any decisions they may take for their paws.
What we recommend:
- DO NOT give over-the-counter medications without consulting your vet.
- There are many variables that we need to consider when we think about starting to put your loved one on certain medications.
- You and your vet must consider possibilities such as: drug interactions, drug side-effects, health history or any other condition(s).
- If your pet already has a medical condition and is already taking medication, we really need to know this (and the history), because if we prescribe you any other kinds of medications, they may interract with the current one and this is not something that you want to happen.
- Pets are not humans! Please DO NOT give human over-the-conter drugs because this can cause more harm than help. It is not enough just to scale down the dose for size accommodation. We see a lot of emergencies because of this! Please ask for vet advice!
- DO NOT give them aspirin for arthritis, nurofen or paracetamol for pain or fever, and the list can continue. This drugs are only for human use and even if there are some human drugs that are usable for animals, we must act very rationally and think twice before using them (if very necessary and only if we do not have any other option). We need to think about side effects, safety, target cause and dosages.
- Animals have different drug dosages! Everything depends on what substance is used, for which animal, for which age and weight and what vet usage guide works better for the condition. Giving drugs to pets is not as simple as it seems!
- Have patience with your local vet and give him/her time! We are not robots and sometimes, we may need more time to think about why and what medication to use!