Most of us growing up have had some form of pet at home. That could be a dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other kind of animal. Typically this a child’s first experience with an animal, and as a result children can quickly form a bond with their pets.
Pets can also be a great way to teach children about responsibility. In fact children that are old enough usually can take over the tasks of feeding and watering their family pet. But the opportunities to teach responsibility can extend beyond just food. Children can learn and see what it means to care for another life, and how to help keep that pet safe and healthy. That will come from experiencing and observing trips to the vet.
One of the first professions people think of when it comes to animal care is a Veterinarian. When children are small, this is often the one thing they want to be when they grow up. They don’t realize how wide and varied the animal care field is, and how many other options there are.
Many animals, like humans, experience anxiety when it comes to the vet. They often are poked with needles, thermometers, and other uncomfortable gauges to determine the status of their health. They are also in a unfamiliar setting, with unfamiliar people in their space. It can be quite unsettling. It could be helpful to enlist a vet that makes house calls, if you have a high stress animal, or an animal too big to safely carry in a car.
It is exceptionally hard with animal patients, as they cannot tell you where it hurts. You must be perceptive and up on the most current ways to help the animals quality of life with all the information you have. It’s a tough job, but it is a job that can be quite rewarding as well.
Being a vet requires a lot of schooling and knowledge, as well as compassion and intuition. If an animal comes to you with a problem with, lets say, hemorrhoids, you can’t just tell the owner to go buy venapro and be done with them. You must take the time to examine the animal, understand what the root causes of the problem could be, seek to treat the animal holistically instead of symptomatically, and all with care and compassion.
If you determine the cause of the hemorrhoids in the animal is a stand alone issue, then you could prescribe the hemorrhoid remedy, but only if the owner is agreeable. If not, you must work together with them to find a course of action to best treat the animal and ease their suffering.
Even if a profession in pet health care isn’t for you, it is important to know where to go to find a great vet that will help you to best care for your animals when they are sick, encountering a problem of any kind, or just need a little extra health support. Vets are super important, whether you are one, or know one. Make sure to have a handy reference, especially if you have exotic animals that all vets don’t have experience with. This could be key to saving an animals life in the face of an emergency.