It’s that time of year where we humans reflect and give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us throughout the year. The time is near for a new blog article idea and there wasn’t anything great that was flowing from the creative recesses of my brain. That is until one morning while walking through the lobby my eyes wandered to the white board where Ashley had written, “Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for our furry friends and wonderful clients.”
We do have great clients AND great patients. Our relationships with them are so amazing. We know so much about them and not just their relationship with their pet(s) that we care for, but life in general. Medical conditions, happy or sad events, reasons we need to tailor care of their pet in need because of goings on in their lives.
So I decided to ask everyone their top 3 reasons that they are thankful for with our clients and their pets.
Here is what we the staff at Lakes Veterinary Hospital are collectively thankful for about you.
I knew something was up that morning when my human didn’t feed me breakfast. I was dropping subtle hints, but they refused to catch on so I just started giving the look. Then I sat by the bowl. Finally my human asked if I wanted to go for a ride in the car. Well yeah!
We arrived in front of the vet clinic and my human got me out of the car. I thought it was strange we were visiting so early in the morning. Once inside there was a nice lady with a voice that was high and silly. She talked to my human quite a bit and said my name a few times which was alright. Then I got onto the scale and my human said – wait for it, “Goodbye”. Really? I was staying at the clinic by myself with high voice lady?
Later the Vet man came in and talked to me really nice. He gave me some more pets and looked me over a bunch. He said some things to the high voice ladies about me and that was it.
A few minutes later they took me out of the kennel and there was that bee sting feeling for a second in my leg. High voice lady put me back into my kennel, told me I was good and pet me some more. I started feeling strange. It was morning, but my body was so tired. I decided to sit down for just a moment. Then my eyes closed.
Before I knew it my eyes were trying to see what was going on around me. I was still in a kennel. High voice lady came into view. She asked me in a softer, quieter voice how it was going. She put her hand on me and told me I did a good job. I am not sure what for since I just took a nap. My body was still really tired.
After a little more napping my human was there! They really did come back for me! I was so excited to be going home! I just wish someone would tell me what happened to my testicles.
We get this question a lot. Some of you aren’t sure what to look for, some are right on track and then there are the folks in between. Since we are all about education and animal well-being, this blog is meant to help you so your pet can benefit. It’s a win-win!
Signs my dog is in pain
Dogs. They show signs if you know where to look. Sometimes these can be tricky. Like panting for instance. Your dog will pant if they are uncomfortable, but then again also if it is hot or they are stressed. Ugh. Are they doing less of what they love? Walking, running, going up or down the stairs differently or not at all? Licking and chewing can be a sign. It can also show allergies as well, which is why it is a good idea to make note of these signs and discuss them with your Veterinarian.
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By nature’s design our dogs are made to mask any pain if they can. For the reason that they should not appear weak to other animals and many of them also do not want to appear weak to us humans either. Even with us, their caretakers. That’s why we have to pay attention to their body language.
This is going to be a quick overview and not an extremely in depth look at pain detection in your pet.
Signs my cat is in pain.
Cats are unique creatures. They told all of us in this profession during school that, “Cats are not small dogs.” That is extremely true. They are even better at hiding pain and weakness than dogs and can be extremely difficult to read. Looking for pain in a cat can be a little like looking at one of those hidden object puzzles.
Are their pupils dilated? This can be stress or pain driven. Are they eating less than normal? Watch them walk up and down the stairs if you can. Do they hop-step, or have more difficulty going one direction more than the other? Are they vomiting more hair balls? This could be an indication of stress (which could be from pain), uncomfortable joints that they are trying to soothe by licking, or of course allergies. These are all important things to tell your Veterinarian during an exam so that they are able to narrow down the location of the discomfort and if you are dealing with something like arthritis.
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When to contact your Veterinarian
If your cat or dog is exhibiting any of the sings/symptoms mentioned above contact your veterinarian to set up an exam. They will ask further questions, check your pet from nose to tail and help you answer any of these questions.