I read an article by Steve Dale, pet expert and certified dog and cat behavior consultant, the other day in my local paper that made me sad. It says that each year less and less people annually are taking their pets to the doctor and 3X as many cat owners do not take them as compared to dog owners. This was from a study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association. What made me even sadder is that preventable illnesses, from pests like fleas and mosquitoes that could be avoided, are not, because people are not safeguarding their animals with preventives. OMG! The cost of the treatment to prevent heartworm disease is so much less expensive than the cost of treating the animal once it has the disease. And I can not image the emotional cost to the family and the pet, when an animal does get sick.
What the saddest part of the whole article to me was that he reported many “owners believe they would know if a pet were sick, ” and, “up to 15%… mistakenly feel they can Google any vet solution.” This is a very sad trend if people think that the internet can give health solutions for themselves or their pets.
I know that I am preaching to the choir, but if you know people who don’t take their animals to see a vet because they can not afford it, maybe you can raise funds in your community to make it more available? Locally, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue just opened a Spay Spa and Neuter Nook, for everyone. I wish that everyone had that option.
If you know people who think they can solve their own medical issues or their animals on the internet, please tell them that doctors and veterinarians are trained to spot a lot of things we regular people can not, like diabetes and cancer.
Thanks for listening.