|Posted by petemergencyclinic on December 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM|
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
I recently treated a young adult retriever who presented for having a severe seizure.
Though seizures are not unusual, especially in Labradors, this pet's condition was complicated. I noticed that the seizures had the appearance of seizures DVM's associate with the virus Distemper. The dog was thin, and he tested heartworm positive. Upon further conversation with the owners, the pet had never seen a DVM, having strayed up to the owners' home about a year earlier, and having NOT had any apparent problems.
So, the pet was unvaccinated, forcing me to leave several diseases on my list that vaccines could have prevented, He had heartworms, and he was seizuring. The case became much more complicated than it may have been otherwise. Luckily, the dog did pretty well, went to its home clinic for needed extra care, and is now up to date on needed care.
In these days of. "Dr. Google" and other instant, often conflicting advice, it is sometimes easier to just DO NOTHING about an issue rather than deal with it. Dr. Google may tell you to never vaccinate, since vaccines can do harm. He may then tell you to feed raw foods, since commercial foods are no good. He may tell you that a 1/2 wolf hybrid dog is the only type of pet to have, and that DVM's are only out to take your money rather than help with your pet, etc etc. Remember, anybody may write anything on the internet without much challenge. Usually, there is some agenda attached to it. Take anything you find on the internet with a grain of salt.
Sometimes all of that conflicting advice form all of these "experts" can lead one to just do nothing. Of course, doing nothing is rarely the best approach to anything.
Though I have said it before, it is worth repeating. DVM's are in practice because they are passionate about helping people and their pets. It is in the DVM's best interest to help you the best they can so they may have a lasting relationship with you. If you do not feel that this describes your DVM, then get another.
You and your DVM together are stronger than most pet disease and this strong team should allow you and your pet to have maximum enjoyment together.
So, find the a DVM who you trust and have a relationship with her/him so you have your own expert.. Follow the advice of YOUR expert, an expert whose only vested interest is your pet's health. Your pet now has the best chance to thrive.
If you need after-hours pet care, your DVM has organized Pet Emergency Clinic to do that. So your pet gets 24 hour medical care if needed.
Beats Dr. Google every time!
You CAN do something about pet illness.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic