Veterinarians are getting more creative with the way they deliver a visit to the vet.
From the gentle touch of a paw to a needle, it’s becoming a lot easier for vets to treat dogs with common medical conditions like allergies, arthritis and urinary tract infections.
But the vet who treats your dog isn’t the only one who’s taking to social media to share tips on how to get the most out of their time with your furry friend.
Here are a few of the things vets are using to encourage their social media followers to show their support.
Ask for more time and energy 1.
Treating your dog is an expensive and exhausting process.
It can take up to six months to treat a dog, but many vets aren’t ready to call it quits just yet.
The truth is, you might not see your dog for another two to three weeks.
The good news is that the longer your dog has been treated, the less likely he or she is to get any serious medical issues.
So, it can be tempting to ask for more of your vet’s time and attention.
“When you ask for time and time again, your vet will be more willing to spend time with you and your dog,” said Dr. Susan L. Hagan, an associate professor of veterinary medicine at the University of South Florida.
But be sure to take into account how much time you’re willing to give.
If your dog will be in the house more than three times per week, you should ask your vet for more attention.
Give your dog a break during your visit The most common reason for a vet to schedule an appointment is when you’ve been sick or injured, but not when your dog needs extra care.
Your dog may also need more time to get used to a new veterinarian, or you might want to avoid scheduling appointments until your dog recovers.
“I think it’s very important to let your vet know you’re comfortable with the appointment,” Dr. Hagen said.
“It could be a good time to take some time off for a break or to go to the beach or a park, if your dog doesn’t have an immediate need.”
Be sure to get your dog vaccinated for rabies The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that owners vaccinate their dogs when they’re older, and that’s not always easy for some owners.
The AVMA says the most common side effects from rabies vaccines include joint swelling and pain, which can go away if the vaccine is given soon after vaccination.
“If you’re looking for a longer-term vaccine for your dog, we recommend that you start vaccinating your dog at 6 months of age and then gradually increase your vaccination schedule until your dogs vaccinations are fully effective,” Dr Hagan said.
Tell your vet if your pet has a health condition If your pet does have a health issue, it may be worth contacting your vet to get a diagnosis.
Some vets also offer advice on how best to handle the condition, such as taking a walk or taking a break from social media.
“There’s a good chance your pet will get better and you will see a difference in their health, but I would advise that you also take a break if your vet is working late,” Dr Lagan said, adding that it’s important to be mindful of how you’re treating your pet while you’re at work or at home.
“Take a walk, take a few days off, go to a park or the beach, or even just get some exercise,” Dr Seltzer said.
Show your vet you’re happy to see them on social media Your vet will want to know you have a good relationship with your pet, which means that they can use social media as a way to communicate with you.
“In the future, we will see more veterinarians on social sharing platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, so we’re definitely seeing an increase in vets on social, and hopefully we will continue to see an increase,” Dr Fink said.
Be courteous to your vet If you’re worried about your dog’s safety, you may want to call a vet right away to check on your dog and see if you need to take any additional steps.
If you can’t get your vet on the phone, Dr Hagen suggested asking for a call with your vet before going to the appointment.
“A vet needs to be able to assess your dog to make sure that it is healthy, and also to see if there are any underlying health problems that need to be addressed,” she said.
Get a new dog to your home as soon as possible When it comes to your dog being treated at home, the best way to ensure your dog gets the best care is to keep him or her home-free as soon you can.
“Make sure that your dog does not come into contact with the house while you are away from the home, especially if you are working or going to a