One unintended effect of growing my online presence as The Caring Vet is what I call “the magic bullet” seekers. These are passionate pet parents who initiate conversations with one specific question,
“What should I do about ____________?”
You can fill in the blank with any multitude of troubling symptoms, but here’s a very incompletel list of common examples:
- itchy dog;
- anxious dog;
- pet not eating;
- change in a pet’s urinary habits; or
- a dog or cat that’s limping.
The question is very specific, but also way too broad. If these questions are about a pet I’ve never seen — as they always are — there’s no way I could responsibly (or legally) “prescribe” ANY course of action other than, “Please go see your local veterinarian.”
The hope behind the “What Should I Do About ___________” question, of course, is that I have a product or a prescription or a magic bullet that will always fix that one symptom in every pet. But these magic bullets just don’t exist.
For instance, I don’t have ONE GO TO treatment for an itchy dog. In order to help your dog, I’d have to first figure out what’s behind the itching, and then look at the options available based your dog’s specific needs.
Whenever you have a troubling symptom plaguing your pet, contact your local veterinarian for advice and / or an appointment… or reach out to me to schedule an educational consult via phone.