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Our four-legged friends are part of our families. We treat them as we would treat our children. In return, we get unmatched loyalty, love, and companionship. Although they are only our pets, we want to treat them and care for them as we would any human family member. As pet parents, we want our babies to be comfortable and healthy. We believe they deserve only the best.
Fortunately for us, veterinarians also believe the same. They do everything in their power to ensure that our pets receive the best treatment and are well taken care of when they are unwell. But what do you do if your pet’s health condition is beyond your veterinarian’s expertise?
Is your pet ready for a pet care specialist?
It is only natural that you would want to leave your pet’s care to your trusty veterinarian, but certain circumstances require that you look beyond your comfort zone. As humans, animals require specialized care from time to time. You do not go to a general physician for a musculo-skeletal issue, so why limit your pet’s medical treatments?
If your regular veterinarian is unable to treat your dog or cat and resolve medical issues, then it is time to visit a pet care specialist. Your vet will themselves recommend that a specialist take a look at your pet so you can get more accurate diagnoses. A pet care specialist is better trained and more experienced with specific health conditions and their treatment. Taking your pet to a specialist will only ensure a better chance of recovery.
Why should you consider a pet care specialist?
If you are facing any of the following situations, it is perhaps a good time to take your pet to a specialist.
- You believe you need a second opinion regarding your pet’s health. General practitioners are great if your four-legged friend has a generic health complaint. Typical veterinarians have a limited scope of expertise, so it is best to consult a pet care specialist if you are looking for more precise and in-depth treatment.
- If your pet requires specific procedures such as exploratory surgery, thoracic surgery, or orthopedic surgery, you should take him or her to a specialist. A board-certified surgeon is who you should consult in these cases.
- Only trust a pet care specialist during critical cases. They are trained to handle extreme situations such as respiratory trouble, blood transfusions, cardiac issues, and poisoning. Their quick work and expertise can help save your pet’s life during emergency situations.
If your pet’s health condition has not improved even after three visits to the vet, including follow-ups, you should take him or her to a pet care specialist. Just like any other family member, your four-legged babies deserve only the best treatment.