One of the most important duties that come with owning pet animals is getting to the vet regularly. Unfortunately, many pet owners disregard this obligation, resulting in avoidable veterinarian emergencies.
We recently surveyed city pet parents and discovered that only 20% take their service animals to veterinarians for regular check-ups. Eighty percent would only do so if their pet animals were ill or needed emergency treatment.
Here’s Why This Trend is Incorrect and How Vets Can Help
Progressive illnesses, such as tumors, are detected less often in dogs that do not have routine check-ups. And internet pharmacy, high prices of keeping pets safe, and low perceived values are putting veterinary practices out of business. Read through and learn more here.
Keeping Pets Safe
Vets should consistently emphasize that preventative treatment is important for keeping pets well, but it is much more cost-effective and less stressful. Regular visits to the vet can save everyone from a scare later on.
For the vet, there doesn’t seem to be any hope for improvement. Lowering prices is a surefire way to attract additional trips, but the figures do not place you in the clear. Perhaps the most important thing a veterinarian can do is to improve other facets of the practice: carefully track the numbers, sit down while dealing with a customer and make him or her feel as though s/he has invested a considerable period of time with you (creating a greater expected value), and promote routine check-ups regardless of vaccine schedules.
Keeping Pets Well in an Easy Way
Perhaps an example would make the consumers understand: missing the vet for two years is equal to skipping the doctor for two decades.
We can’t stress this enough for pet owners. It makes no sense to neglect pet treatment for any of the following reasons: cost, time, or commitment (cats despise the vet!). All three will increase the longer you wait to take your pet to the vet. Another reason pet owners ignore the vet is because they believe it is not essential. With the introduction of online veterinary services and pharmacies, many pet owners diagnose their pets at home and manage them according to the Wikipedia article’s guidance.
The Internet is a fantastic resource for gathering all pertinent knowledge, and that information can be taken to your vet appointment as well—but no one on the Internet knows your pet, your dog, or you. The inherent problem with self-diagnosis is that they rely on generic, impersonal knowledge to solve a real, personal problem. Knowing your doctor and allowing your vet to get to respect your pet well enough to treat him or her based on his or her biochemical individuality is a far more insightful decision for keeping pets safe than blindly focusing on a condition based on one or two symptoms.
Pet owners: There are a zillion explanations that the pet can still go to the vet daily.
Veterinarians: There are a million excuses why your clients aren’t coming to visit you daily. Change it now by having an open conversation on your practice’s true importance and the definition of competence.