Five Things You Can Do To Speed Your Pet's Recovery
Modern veterinary diagnostics, medicine and surgery guarantee your pet has the best chance of a full and speedy recovery from illness and injury. But there's still plenty that a careful owner can do to help.
Don't wait until something minor becomes something major
The key factor in any pet's full recovery is early treatment. With a bit of reading and research, an owner can be on the look out for symptoms even before they occur. Spotting when a pet isn't acting normally – in the way it moves, looks, sounds or eats is the first step toward accurate diagnosis, prompt treatment and a full recovery.
Know what's normal for your pet, and what's not?
Vets really on owners for full and accurate descriptions of an animal's symptoms. The more you know about your pet, the more you'll be able to tell your vet about what's causing you concern or the animal distress. Knowing what's normal for your pet means you'll be able to talk about what's unusual when you suspect your pet's less than 100%.
Listen to what your vet has to say
Ask questions about anything that isn't clear so that you'll fully understand your role in your pet's recovery. Your vet is supported by a team of vet nurses, vet laboratory scientists and veterinary suppliers, so he or she might use some technical words and terms. Don't be afraid of asking for an explanation – your vet will be only too pleased to know that you have a serious interest in your pet's recovery.
Follow your vet's instructions and advice
Your vet might ask you to give your pet further medication such as an ointment or tablets, or some post-operative care such as rest or some rehabilitation exercises. This is as much a part of your pet's treatment and recovery as anything that happens at the surgery. Collect any samples your vet asks you to take and don't miss any follow-up appointments.
Make Your Pet's Health And Happiness Your Priority
Make sure your pet's diet is what your vet recommends and make sure that all vaccinations – including treatment for worms and worm eggs, are up to date and recorded on your pet's vaccination certificate and pet passport. Giving your pet the right amount of exercise and somewhere safe and secure to rest and relax will help guard against accident and injury.
In sickness and in health, your pet relies on your doing not just the right thing, but the best thing. And the best thing for your pet is you and your vet working together.