Can you tell me if I'm giving the right dose of medication?
- Sorry, there is often a range of doses that can be given for any specific medication. Dose may be based on lean weight rather than actual weight. Dose may need to be adjusted depending on any conditions a pet suffers from or other medications they are being given. Dose may also be altered based on how well your pet reacts to them. Only your personal vet can prescribe medication and advise on the dose that should be given.
My cat is drinking more/doing something unusual. Can you tell me if they have kidney failure/another condition?
- Pet health is very complex. It is very unusual for any specific symptom, or even list of symptoms, to allow a diagnosis without a physical examination being performed. Even if this weren't the case, taking a full history involves asking and answering lots of questions to clarify what is going on and this is just not practical in a forum or email situation. The reason a physical examination is needed in person and can't be substituted by photos or a video call over the internet is that unless you were experienced at feeling abdomens, listening to hearts and had a range or equipment (such as a stethoscope, opthalmoscope, otoscope and microscope) then critical clues as to your pets illness would be missed. Very often further testing is also required such as blood and urine testing or imaging such as x-rays or ultrasound. Only a veterinarian who has examined your pet and run any tests they feel necessary is in a position to diagnose your pet with a specific disease. Anyone else who attempts this is simply guessing and this is not fair to either you or your pet.
What should I do, I'm really worried about my pet, they look very unwell?
- CALL YOUR VET. Asking forums/friends/the internet will NOT make your pet better. The longer you wait to take your pet to someone who can actually help, the harder and more expensive it may be to make them better.
Why should I trust the information on this website?
- I know simply being a vet for over 10 years is not enough. Anyone can post anything on the internet. For important information you really should double and triple check anything you read. I encourage you to look at other sources of information but in all cases please think about who is giving the advice or telling their story. How plausible is the information, what are their credentials, are they wildly disagreeing with what your vet is telling you (and remember there really is no vet conspiracy theory!)?
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- Affiliate links are links to recommended products or services that earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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