Every pet owner should take the time to learn a few simple solutions to help their pets when they aren’t feeling well, and become a real life pet vet. After all, if we took our animals to the real vet every time they looked less than a hundred percent, it would cost us a pretty penny. In fact, the average vet bill for a healthy dog is just over four hundred dollars, and for a cat it’s around two-hundred and fifty.
While this might not seem like a lot of money when it comes to the health and well-being of your furry friends, many people have more than one animal. In fact, some people care for several pets. This means that you may end up spending several thousand dollars a year on vet bills, unless you find some way to cut costs.
On easy and effective way to save money on your vet bills is to become a pet vet. What is a pet vet? Don’t worry, you won’t have to go back to school or inject your animal with anything. No, a pet vet is not a doctor, but rather someone who knows a bit about home remedies.
Just as with humans, there are many home remedies that pet owners can safely use on their pets to cure or assuage their most common illnesses and ailments.
What do you need to know?
Don’t worry, you won’t need any medical equipment. Most of the home remedies are treatments that are often found in the home and will not require any special preparation. In the next few paragraphs, we are going to take a look at two of the most common ailments that affect pets that we can handle on our own.
For dogs, one of the most common and expensive illnesses to treat is worms. But what most people don’t know is that there are common foods that can help fight off tapeworm infections; this is what being a pet vet is all about. It is about knowing a few simple solutions to common problems. Just as your mother knew that chicken soup and liquids were effective remedies for the common flu, the pet vet knows how to treat the most common health issues of his pets.
Another common ailment of household pets is itchy skin or allergies. This is an easy problem to spot. While it is true that most dogs do scratch themselves, if you observe them scratching much more than before, you should take immediate action. Begin by giving your pet a thorough flee and tick bath. You may have to wash your dog a few times before the medication takes effect. If after a few trips to the tub your dog is still constantly scratching himself, you will need to call on your pet vet skills because this means that he may be allergic to something.
But instead of taking you pet directly to the vet and spending a fortune on skin and blood tests, you may wish to try a common over the counter medication to see if it is effective. If it is not, then you will want to make an immediate appointment with your veterinarian.
In the end, being a good pet vet means that you don’t get nervous and cart your animal off to the vet every time he has a runny nose. Just as with children, the odds are that his illness or ailment can be addressed with a few good old-fashioned home remedies and a little bit of TLC.