On today's episode of Twin Trees Vet Talk, we welcome our special guest and dear friend Dr. Katie Buss. Dr. Buss is a small animal veterinarian and winner of the "My Vet’s the Best," a nationwide contest that honours veterinarians for their outstanding service. We ask Dr. Buss:
Q) What's your best advice for pet owners? And of course, we want to know: Q) What's your favourite animal?
Dr. Buss' best advice:
- PET MEDICAL INSURANCE: Pet medical insurance saves lives. It reduces stress and financial burden for pet owners facing accidents and illness with their pets.
- PREVENTATIVE CARE: Lack of proper preventative and wellness care is one of the most common preventable causes of illness and emergency visits. Responsibilities of pet ownership include proper vaccination (especially in puppies and kittens!) and parasite control, socialization/training, grooming (proper care of the coat and nails), nutrition/exercise, and dental care.
- Protect Your Puppy from Parvovirus
- My dog is afraid of the vet and tries to bite
- Meet "Oliver"
- Medical Insurance Can Save Lives
- 3 Tips From The Emergency Vet That Could Save Your Pet's Life
- Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet
- Pet Medical Insurance Saves Lives
- Is Pet Insurance Worth it?
- Preventive Health in Puppies
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3 BEST PIECES OF ADVICE FROM THE EMERGENCY VET THAT COULD SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE
1) DON'T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP! If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, "when in doubt, check it out!"
2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE. Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (like toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at ~8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.
3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO. Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners' ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.
**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone's first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don't try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver's license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to "drive the car").
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