Think Something is Wrong With Your Pet? – Don’t wait Till the Last Minute!
As every Veterinarian can attest to, there are far too many people who sense something is wrong with their pet then wait a few days to see if it “goes away” in hopes of saving some money. And in most cases, the savings never materialize as the pet gets worse and their owner has to bring them to an after-hours clinic as their vet is closed or unavailable.
As the name implies, an after-hours veterinary clinic operates during the evening and night or weekend when your regular veterinary clinic is closed. These clinics are prepared for every emergency from simple stomach problems to stitches to major surgeries and severe trauma. The high cost associated with being available and prepared for such events reflects that.
Even at your own veterinary clinic – waiting till the end of the day or the weekend to bring your pet in, is going to cost you more money than had you called in sooner. Ailments often get much worse (kidney or liver failure), an ingested toxin, a foreign body impaction, congestive heart failure, eye injury or infection) and your Vet now has to pay staff overtime to help take blood and process it, do x-rays, hook up an intravenous and so forth.
In addition to the complications of waiting for an ailment to get better, the opposite may be true.
By calling in to your Veterinarian and describing what is going on, they may be able to offer an alternative. Many times once a Veterinarian gets a description of what is going on, for how long, the symptoms etc., they may determine that it is not serious enough to warrant an exam right away and provide an at-home treatment to try first.
In addition, by calling in to your Veterinary clinic sooner than later, they can inform you if it sounds like your pet definitely needs to be seen and make arrangements to get your pet in right away and prevent further complications.
For the sake of your pet, and your wallet, getting in touch with your veterinary staff when a potential issue first arises is always good medicine. Searching the internet, calling friends and taking to social media can certainly take up precious time that may be allowing the problem to get worse as well as the fact that you could do more harm than good depending on what misinformation you end up getting. There is a ton of information out there, but most of it will not be related at all to your particular problem based on your pets’ symptoms. Let someone with the appropriate medical background aid in your decision.