The drive to the veterinarian’s office can be a headache. You have to find your pet carrier, you have to wrangle them into it, get them in the car, comfort them on the way so they know they’re safe, and so on and on. Bringing an expert into your home to do the diagnosis is considerably easier.
Here’s the trick: your pet doesn’t know this is a medical visit, they think one of your friends came over just to see them. Depending on the animal and their symptoms, the actual procedure for a basic diagnosis doesn’t tend to be very invasive, so your furry, feathered or scaled friend never needs to know that this is anything but a friendly visit from a nice human.
Sometimes, as pet owners, we don’t want to deal with the stress of getting the animal to the vet’s office, so we look online and we figure out how to treat whatever illness, injury or ailment our pets have on our own. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. For serious issues, though, you really should consider an in-home diagnosis before trying any DIY cures. There are plenty of easy, cheap, benign home remedies available for some of the more basic ailments, but the side effects of medicine and treatment you give your animal can potentially complicate a diagnosis, so make sure to make a house call before you take any extreme measures on your own. Before a regular checkup, you should also ensure that you’re not switching up your animal’s schedule or meal plan too much, as even an allergic reaction to a new food can look like something far worse during a basic checkup.
We all love our pets and want to get the best care possible for them. This means, first and foremost, understanding what your animal is going through, how they’re feeling, and what you can do to help. If you suspect your animal is suffering a serious disease or injury, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone. Likewise, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone if it’s been a little while since their last checkup.