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New Year resolution: Be a better veterinary client
Veterinarians are more than happy to help your pet, but there are some things you can do to help your vet. The news source reports that while many pet owners may have their qualms about veterinarians, there are also plenty of things that pet owners do that drive vets crazy.
Like in most public places, the use of cell phones is the number one annoyance that drives vets crazy. Whether you are in the waiting room or worse, in the middle of your pet's exam, there are few things more rude than answering or initiating a call or other business on your phone. Another annoyance that is relatively easy to avoid is bringing poorly behaved children along on your pet's visit.
The way pet owners handle their animals in the office is another peeve for many veterinarians. The waiting room is not a dog park, the news source reports. This means that you should have your dog sitting or standing quietly on a short leash. If you choose to use a retractable leash like the Flexi Retractable Leash, you should have it on the shortest setting to maintain control of your animal. At the same time, leashes do not usually cut it for cats. Worse is when owners simply carry their cat into the office. Cats are more comfortable in unfamiliar environments when they are enclosed in a pet carrier like a Vari Kennel Fashion Pet Kennel or a 3-in-1 Soft Sided Pet Carrier. This may also make life easier if you have a small or toy breed of dog.
One of the biggest pet peeves of many vets is when owners deny that their pet has the problem the vet is describing, or don't follow through on treatments. It can be hard to admit that your dog's health is at risk because you don't exercise it enough and it has become overweight, but instead of denying, owners should embrace the vet's advice to start feeding the pooch low-calorie pet food like Artmeis Weight Management Dry Dog Food and letting it run more. At the same time, if your vet recommends a joint supplement like Cosequin for Dogs to help your pooch's arthritis, follow through with this treatment. A vet's care for an animal only goes as far as an owner is willing to take it.