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When do I have to go to the Vet?

My canine friends and I share a common dislike. That is going to the veterinarian. Why? Because it is a creepy, scary place that stinks, has slippery floors and tables, and we can smell and hear other pets that seem like they are in distress. Having said this, my family and your pet’s family need to know there are times that visits to the vet is necessary. The annual checkup isn’t always enough.

Many people are finding it is very different going to the vet clinic during the pandemic and this might discourage them from taking their pets. Vet clinics are typically seeing their patients without the pet family being in the clinic with them. This change has been done to limit face to face contact and spread of the Coronavirus. So, check with your vet clinic about their procedures before you go.

Some health issues in your pet that you should not ignore and which require the attention of the veterinarian include cuts and scratches, excessive itching, runny eyes, a decreased appetite or decreased drinking, limping, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or diarrhea. Broken or missing teeth or teeth covered with tartar also require the attention and treatment by a veterinarian. Ignoring or delaying a trip to the veterinarian could result in more serious problems in the long run.

Remember that we dogs and cats cannot speak to you in your language and tell you if we are having pain or discomfort. Many of us are excellent at hiding our symptoms. Please be a responsible pet owner and pay attention to any new symptoms or changes that appear. Healthy pets are happy pets and we will be with you for a long time as a result of your care.

Wishing good health to all,


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