7 Things Your Vet Wants You to Stop Doing

Yes, you made sure that your pets are vaccinated regularly and showered with love (and even an occasional bath). But there is a possibility that you are overdoing it in some areas (or even ignoring problems). Here are seven things your vet really (really) wants you to stop.
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1. Get medical advice from breeders and snow groomers

Breeders and snow groomers "can have useful information," says Dr. Katja Lang (also known as Dr. Kibble), a licensed and practicing veterinarian in New York City. "But they don't know what's best for your pet when it comes to parasite control and vaccination." Even if a breeder knows about general Labradoodle behavior, it is unlikely that they will be trained in the treatment or diagnosis of medical problems. Follow approved veterinarians when it comes to improving the 411 for your pet's health.
2. Replace your vet with Google

The same applies to what Dr. Lang Dr. Google calls. "DR. Google has a beautiful sound," she admits. However, only a personal visit to the vet can determine what's wrong with Wrigley, especially since your vet has saved Wrigley's entire medical history. If you've ever used WebMD to do that Searching the word "headache" casually, you know that it only causes panic and doesn't answer anything.
3. Consequences of fads

Trends in the pet food industry are easy to understand, especially when they are consistent with the modes of human food. According to Dr. For a long time, pet food companies address animal owners with phrases such as "gluten-free", "grain-free", "organic" and more. These keywords are much less important than the digestibility of the ingredients and the nutritional needs of each animal. "A fad that is popular with people is not the best for our furry friends," says Dr. Long.
4. Follow the instructions for the grocery bag

Instead of basing your pet's servings on the instructions on the pet food packaging, check with your veterinarian about how much Fido to feed. The portion sizes given do not take into account how active your pets are or whether they have been neutered or neutered - and yes, that is important. "Neutered and neutered animals have a significantly lower metabolic rate," says Dr. Long. This means that following the instructions in a bag of food about portion control can lead to overfeeding and weight gain.
5. Go overboard with goodies

Is there a better way to show some love than handing out goodies? Actually, movement and playing time are much better. Fit dogs with healthy weights tend to survive overweight dogs by two years. So grab the leash instead of the MilkBones.
6. Wait until your pet is sick

Detecting a serious medical problem early is often the key to successful treatment. Dr. Lang encourages pet owners to see the vet as soon as disturbing behavior becomes apparent. This includes repeated vomiting, avoiding food for more than a day, diarrhea for more than two days, or signs of an allergic reaction. This is not a complete list, so any strange behavior should be reported to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
7. Decline pet insurance

"Medical care is expensive and is becoming more expensive with the expanded options that we now have," warns Dr. Long. Investing in pet insurance today can save a lot of money in the future, especially if your pet gets up there in years. In addition, the insurance does not cover any existing conditions. Waiting for cover until a diagnosis is received or a surgical procedure planned does not pay off (in the truest sense of the word).
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