Take Your Pet to the Vet Office
Keeping a pet, or several, is commonplace in the United States and many species are kept for their companionship and the beauty of the animal. In fact, some Americans who suffer from mental stress or disorders such as depression or anxiety keep emotional support pets, and may have paperwork allowing them to take such pets where animals are ordinarily not allowed. At any rate, the most common sorts of pets include dogs, cat, birds, fish, and small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters, and even rats and mice. Slightly more exotic pets may include lizards, tarantulas, and coral. But no matter the species, a pet may sometimes need medical care, and an emergency veterinarian must be consulted if a pet is injured or ill. In other cases, an emergency vet might not be needed, and a pet can be taken to other veterinary services such as an animal clinic. Animal hospitals are best reserved for pets in serious condition, and the emergency vets who work there can stabilize a cat or dog and allow it to recover.
If a dog, cat, or other pet is badly injured, the owner should take it to emergency vet services right away. If the owner does not already know one, they should conduct an online search such as “emergency vets in Boston MA” or “emergency vet options in Dallas TX” to find something local. And they may also use their ZIP code to further refine the search. In other cases, though, a pet owner may have taken the initiative and have already know the name and addresses (and hours) of local emergency vet hospitals and clinics when they first got their pet. At these emergency hospitals, a dog or cat may be stabilized after it has suffered from broken bones, heavy bleeding, deep cuts, and more. A pet may have gotten into a fight with another animal, for example, or fallen from a great height or been attacked by a person for some reason or other. Stab wounds, broken bones, damaged organs, and more may threaten a furry friend’s life, so emergency vets are the right professionals to help.
Visiting a Pet Clinic
On the less life-threatening side, a pet owner can and should take their pet to local vet clinics for ordinary procedures such as weighing, anti-pest medication, and more. For example, pets, especially outdoor cats and most dogs, may sometimes come into contact with fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms. Such pests may irritate the pet’s skin or fur and cause many other internal health issues as well, so a pet owner can take some countermeasures. At a vet clinic, the owner may be given medicine to administer to their pet, such as liquids applied to the skin that will deter and kill fleas and ticks and the like. Dogs and cats may also be given pills to swallow (often mixed into their food) that will prevent parasitic worms from developing in them, or even kill existing worms. A kitten or puppy owner in particular may do all this for their pet, since these young pets haven’t yet had their medications and may be vulnerable to disease, skin pests, and internal parasites.
Why else might a dog or cat or a bird be taken to a vet clinic? In some cases, a pet’s reproductive organs, mainly their testicles or ovaries, may be removed to prevent unwanted behavior and to prevent cancer from forming in those body parts. Male cats and dogs may be neutered, and females will be spayed. This is commonly done when the pet is one or two years old. Not only that, but a dog or cat may be taken in if they are suffering a cold or similar infection, such as “kennel cough” among dogs. Pets may also be taken in for routine examinations for their fur, weight, eyes, gums, teeth, and more.
The owner of a frightened or aggressive cat or dog may want to keep their pet in a carrying kennel, and keep them in the car (with air conditioning, if need be) until the pet is ready for the vet’s attention. Otherwise, docile pets may be kept in the waiting area with their owners, with dogs on leashes and cats in carrying crates.