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Many pet owners face absolute dread when taking a pet for a long-overdue health check, but the Craig View Veterinary Hospital has some encouraging words; just be honest!


Johannesburg, South Africa (06 September 2022) – Every pet owner has dread about being judged by their vet for every reason imaginable. The Craig View Veterinary Hospital shared an encouraging post that helps many put that fear aside to make sure their pets get the best care possible.

If you have not taken your pet for vaccinations in a while, or you let their toenails grow too long; you may have left a simple ailment to go untreated because money was a bit tight, or you couldn’t face the diagnosis you knew was coming, there are many reasons pet owners avoid the vet. Working on effective communication is the best possible choice for keeping your pet healthy and that includes being honest. This is what the Craig View team are hoping will encourage families to get their pets checked up and treated sooner.

“Don’t worry, you won’t be judged if you waited a little too long to bring your dog in for itchy ears, or if you miss some doses of medication.

What’s important is that you give your vet the facts:
– How many doses of medication were actually missed?
– How many days has the problem really been going on?
– When did you first notice the tumor? The vet knows it didn’t get that big overnight
– What are you truly feeding your pet and how much?

The reason why veterinarians need to know the truth is not to judge you – we have seen it all, we need to know in order to formulate a correct diagnosis and treatment plan – remember our patients don’t speak!”

By focussing on the communication between a pet owner and vet, the relationship becomes a benefit for ones pet too!

The team says you should ask your vet questions if you don’t understand things and to explain if there is something you are not able to do. Make clear what your expectations are and if you cannot afford something, speak to the vet about ways to work through a health issue.

At the end of the day, a vet just wants to see a healthy and happy animal walk out the door. So next time you need to go to the vet, go and make sure you speak to them about what you need too!

Sources: Craig View Veterinary Hospital
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