Maybe animal lovers are wondering, why is it that to become responsible animal owners we have to take our animals to the vet? What services are available at the veterinary clinic or hospital? Then when should our animals be taken to the vet? It seems that humans alone will not go to the doctor if they are not sick. Is it true that healthy animals still need a visit to the vet?
Purpose of Bringing Pets to the Veterinarian
Veterinary clinics and hospitals provide various types of services, according to the objectives and capacity of the agency. The services available usually adjust to the ability and specialization of veterinarians and employees who work there, the availability of tools and materials, and other factors. In general, veterinary clinics and hospitals can provide vaccines or immunizations, provide handling and treatment for sick animals, sell animal needs such as food and medicines, provide pet grooming services, serve pet sterilization, and some also provide day care services. animal.
The objectives of these services are: to maintain and care for animal health. Not only treating when sick, but also preventing the disease itself. Just like humans who need to be vaccinated and immunized, animals also need it for optimal health. Therefore services in veterinary clinics and hospitals not only focus on handling and treating sick animals, but also preventing these diseases by maintaining and caring for animal health. Of course, because prevention is better than cure.
When Should Pets Be Taken to the Vet?
First, a new animal. Newly adopted or newborn, new animals must be brought to the vet. The goal is to ensure that the animal is in a clean and healthy condition so that it can be brought home safely and does not transmit disease, as well as so that medical measures can be taken if the animal is sick. Apart from that, it is also important to determine the vaccination program that the animal will undergo or continue the existing program.
Second, when the animal is sick. Here are 10 common symptoms that you should watch out for when your pet is sick.
1. Animal diarrhea or constipation, or found a foreign object in its feces
2. Animals urinate more or less frequently, sometimes accompanied by a change in urine color
3. Animals drink more often than usual
4. Animals lose their appetite
5. Animals vomit more than once in 12 hours
6.Animal breathing abnormally (shortness of breath, gasping, etc.)
7. Changes in animal eyes (red, yellow, blurry, etc.)
8. Changes in behavior that are not reasonable
9. Changes in animal skin and hair (the presence of animal hair that is falling out more than usual, baldness in animals, cuts, protrusions, parasitic investments, hair that looks dull, etc.)
10. Animal looks lethargic and limp or shows pain
Third, and most importantly, immediately take the animal to the veterinarian in the event of an emergency. The following are emergency events that can occur in pets
1. Animals eat poisonous substances or dangerous objects (including food that animals should not eat)
2.Animal has open wounds or broken bones (especially wounds that cause a lot of blood loss)
3. The animal is breathing with difficulty or stagnation and is unconscious
4. Animals vomit repeatedly and vomit bloody
5. Animals have seizures
6. Animals bleed from the mouth, nose, ears, eyes or anus
7. Animals show severe pain
8. The stomach of the animal becomes hard and swollen
Remember that not all human medicines can be given to animals simply because the symptoms are the same as those of human disease, and even if the drugs are the same or have similar ingredients, the dosage is definitely different. Don’t wait and try to handle it yourself, go to the vet immediately or contact the nearest vet if the animal is sick or experiencing an emergency condition.
Are Veterinarians Still In Practice During The Pandemic?
Yes, most veterinary clinics and hospitals as well as veterinary practices remain open during the pandemic in their own way. Some only open certain parts of their clinic, some only accept emergency patients, some provide only a few services and negate others, some limit the number of patients per day, serve patients with clients waiting in cars, open consultations via telephone or video call , and other solutions. Veterinarians are essential, because even in the midst of a pandemic, animal health is still important to maintain. Moreover, many animal owners are staying at home more and more, of course if their animals get sick it will cause new risks, namely transmission of disease from animals to humans. Then changing habits at home can also affect the condition of the animal, making it stressful and susceptible to disease. Therefore, the role of veterinarians is still important in maintaining animal health during a pandemic.
How to Get Animals to the Vet During a Pandemic?
1. What are the requirements?
If you only need routine grooming or buy pet food, it might be better to postpone it first. Find out what are the important parts of clean animal skin and hair that need to be fulfilled with routine grooming, then learn how to do it yourself at home
If the need is important and cannot be postponed, such as continuing the vaccination program that has been started, the animal is sick, or an emergency condition occurs then follow the next steps, namely
• Know the location of the nearest open veterinary practice
Don’t let us drive to the clinic and it turns out that the clinic is closed or full. In the midst of a pandemic, we don’t want to leave the house in vain right? So first make sure which clinics are open, what schedules and regulations are like, and what practical procedures are they running.
• Agree together when and how actions will be taken
It is better to keep calling the clinic before coming even if we know they are open (except in emergency conditions). When called, ask the vet when we can come, how is the mechanism, whether we just get in the car or get off, what time, and whether we can consult via telephone or video call. This will give the vet an opportunity to ask questions about the condition of our animals, and maybe be able to decide whether we need to go to the clinic as soon as possible or not. This is also to prepare us if we have to go to the clinic so that we can carry out health protocols properly. Through a video call, the veterinarian can also observe the condition of the animal and advise the client on how to treat it or bring it to the clinic. If the animal is forced to stay at the clinic, video calls can also be a solution for animal owners to visit their animals virtually.
• Minimize direct contact
When you go to the clinic, you still apply physical distancing and minimize direct contact. Using cashless payment methods so you don’t need to exchange cash bills is one way to reduce direct contact. Don’t forget that particles in animal hair can also be a risk of disease transmission, so after an examination or action, make sure that the animal’s hair and feet can be cleaned with an antiseptic or wet tissue.
• Keep your distance and maintain cleanliness
In this difficult time, we still have to take care of ourselves and our environment together. Always maintaining distance and cleanliness and complying with applicable health protocols is our way of fighting this outbreak. Whatever the needs, let’s still try to protect ourselves and others.