In honor of World Veterinary Day, a California-based vet clinic shared with TikTok some tips they believe every pet owner should know.
The video, posted to TikTok by Alicia Pet Care Center (@apccvet) on April 30, has garnered more than 300,000 views and over 500 comments from appreciative viewers, many of whom said the tips were potentially life-saving.
Here’s what the doctors had to say:
Record any “anomalies”.
Mellisa Rellinger, DVM, advised all pet owners to “videotape” any abnormal behavior of their pets at home.
“When [a lot of pets] When they get to the hospital, they have so much adrenaline in their blood that they hide their problems from us,” she said.
Beware of “poisonous” plants
Jen Lassler, DVM, reminded viewers that certain flowers and houseplants are poisonous to pets and can be fatal if ingested.
“Most lilies are poisonous to cats,” she said, “not all, but I’m just saying [to] keep her out of the house if you [have] curious kittens – lilies can be poisonous to their kidneys.”
The American Kennel Club’s senior veterinary expert, Dr. Jerry Klein previously said news week the “sign [of lily toxicity] can begin with drooling and vomiting, abdominal pain, and abnormal heart rates, but can progress to a serious complete cessation of urine production within 48 hours, which is usually fatal.
Meanwhile, dog owners should “watch out” for sago palms.
“Any part of this plant can be poisonous [a dog’s] Liver,” warned Lassler.
Speak with news weekKlein went on to explain that ingestion in dogs can lead to “severe and sometimes fatal liver failure.”
Buy pet insurance
According to Alicia Pet Care Center Chief of Staff Matthew Wheaton, DVM, all pet owners should invest in pet insurance.
“That’s the absolute best piece of information and advice I can give people because, like any car, there are going to be inevitable problems,” he said.
“[Pet insurance can bail] You’re going through a really challenging financial situation when your pet becomes very, very ill or injured,” Wheaton continued.
Pet insurance can cost anywhere from $11 to $29 a month for a cat and $18 to $49 a month for a dog, depending on coverage, the North American Pet Health Insurance Association said.
dr Ann Hohenhaus, chief veterinarian at Schwarzman Animal Medical Center in New York City news week that pet insurance typically reimburses a pet owner for their pet’s medical expenses, rather than paying the vet clinic directly.
“In human medicine, the bill goes first to the health insurance company and then to the patient. In veterinary medicine, the customer usually pays for the veterinarian and is then reimbursed by his health insurance,” explains Hohenhaus.
Take male cats who are “struggling” to use the toilet to a doctor “immediately”.
“If you have a hangover and think he’s struggling to urinate or poop, have him seen right away or call your vet,” said Sarah Cortright, DVM. “It can be a sign of urinary tract obstruction, which is life-threatening.”
On its website, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell) further explained that urethral obstruction (UO) is “obstruction of the lower part of the urinary tract.”
“Although UO can occur in any cat, it’s more common in young to middle-aged male cats,” the organization said. “Cats are more prone to OO in part because their urethra (the part of the urinary tract that connects the bladder to the outside world) is longer and narrower than in women.”
Overweight cats and cats on a diet consisting entirely of dry food may also be at higher risk of developing UO, MSPCA-Angell said.
What viewers had to say
Pet owners thanked doctors for sharing their tips, saying the advice could potentially save pets’ lives.
“My boy Batman had a urinary tract obstruction and it cost me over $2,000 to save his life. Seriously, don’t wait if you see trouble peeing! Start it EARLY,” Whitney wrote.
“Recording them is a great idea and pet insurance is so necessary. Thank you for all this information,” said mecheta93.
“Can absolutely vouch for the last one! I got my boy to the vet within hours and he still needed surgery!” shared JessicaRabbit666.
“YES PET INSURANCE,” exclaimed Christine Hyatt. “Absolute lifesaver! If you have a pet, you should have insurance!”
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