Well, we got one of those winter snow storms that I mentioned last week, although only about half of the expected accumulation showed up. We're still a bit behind our yearly average but there's still the big month of March awaiting.
Helpful Buckeye still remembers the lecture back in 1971 when one of our clinical medicine professors told us that one of the major stumbling blocks in achieving success in healing our patients would be...the owners of those animals. At the time, it didn't make any sense to any of us but he went on to explain that the medicines we'd be prescribing had to be given to the animals for any results to occur. Then, the light bulb went on as we realized that this could be a problem to be reckoned with. So, with that in mind, let's consider this week's topic:
OK, now we know that even though the pet owner is supposed to be able to give medicines to their pet when needed, it doesn't necessarily work out that way all the time. Veterinarians understand that most pet owners are very sincere in their efforts to comply with instructions on medicating their pets; however, when you consider that a lot of pet-owning humans are less than attentive to medicating themselves the proper way, who knows what they'll do when Fido or Tabby bares their teeth at treatment time?
Another problem with medications and your pets goes in the other direction...pets getting hold of medicines that can cause them problems. Helpful Buckeye has discussed this in the past but a current reminder is well-intentioned:
~~The goal of this blog is to provide general information and advice to help you be a better pet owner and to have a more rewarding relationship with your pet. This blog does not intend to replace the professional one-on-one care your pet receives from a practicing veterinarian. When in doubt about your pet's health, always visit a veterinarian.~~