June 01, 2017

Pets Are Expensive

There’s one aspect of pet ownership that most people don’t think about, but that vets lament most pet owners don’t know.

Pets are rather expensive.

Think of pets as children. They need high-quality food and clean water to stay healthy. Some need large amounts of space to run and play. Others need nutritional supplements or specialized diets. And sometimes, they get into things they aren’t supposed to and hurt themselves, requiring treatment and medication.

In other words, pets are expensive.

Vets want you to be prepared for this. Before getting your pet, speak to your vet about potential costs and create a budget so that you can make sure you’re prepared.

Don’t leave you and your pet in a desperate situation—make sure you’re financially prepared to take good care of your pet.

The Internet isn’t Always Right

Finally, there is the pet peeve of every veterinarian out there: the internet. Some pet owners are self-styled Google warriors who show up to the vet’s office already thinking they know exactly what’s wrong with their pet.

Or, even worse, these pet owners find dangerous or ineffective treatments on the internet and end up injuring their pets.

Trust your vet over a search engine. While there’s a lot of good information out there, a simple phone call to your vet’s office can confirm or disprove anything you might find online.

Put your vet’s years of training to good use and talk to them before you attempt to treat your pet.

Communication is Key

When it comes to what your vet wants to see from you, communication is at the top of the list. Be willing to call, visit ask questions, and above all, trust. These are the men and women whose job it is to see that your pet stays healthy and happy, and that you’re ready for the big responsibility of owning a furry friend.

So don’t be shy about talking to your vet. It just might save your pet’s life.