As pet owners, we know the importance of regular wellness checkups. But what do you do if the unexpected happens? Do you take them to your veterinarian or are you just over-reacting? Knowing how to identify if something is an emergency is vital, because in many of these cases time is of the essence. But you also don’t want to be the neurotic pet owner and have a hefty emergency bill for something that could have waited until you saw your regular vet. Nobody knows your pet like you do. So if you suspect something is off or you notice
Mistake # 1: Watching and Waiting Don’t: Watch the bump or lump. Do: get an aspirate or biopsy. I’ve blogged about this before, but it deserves repeating. No one, not even a boarded oncologist like me, can look at a skin mass, or a mass in the spleen, liver, or lung on imaging, and tell you what it is. I may have an educated guess. But every lump and bump should be aspirated or biopsied so the cells can be looked at under the microscope. Even if your dog has had 10 lipomas before – like Smokey who belonged to
“Is that really necessary?” “Does he really need that thing?” “But we will watch him!” Regarding e-collar use, I’ve heard it all. Although they may seem extreme and look ridiculous, e-collars play a very serious role in veterinary medicine. The purpose of the dreaded cone is to deter your pet from licking, biting, rubbing, or traumatizing a sensitive area. It may be applied post-operative so that a pet doesn’t get to their surgical site. It may even be applied to a pet with allergies or a hot spot to stop them from scratching at the area and causing more damage.
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