20 Veterinarians Speak About Things Pet Owners Should Know About Their Pets

by Damjan

Pets are not toys or home decorations we can put away when we get bored. Unfortunately, many people treat them that way.

Pet ownership implies some duties. It's not all fun and games, and our pets require some care (of course, fun and games are part of that care - and an essential one).

Unfortunately, some people get pets without thinking of the responsibilities that come with taking in a new family member. Sadly, in many cases, they start neglecting their pets, and sometimes it can have tragic consequences.

What's also a common problem is that people don't know how to interpret animal body language. Our pets can't speak and can't complain when they are feeling anxious, afraid, or when they are in pain.

That's why it's important to read the signs. A Reddit user going by the name u/mrktx21 asked a question:" Veterinarians of Reddit: What is one thing you wish people would know/understand about their pet?"

The answers that came in are worrying, to say the least. They show that people are not really familiar with their pets' needs.

We have chosen 20 of the most interesting and informative answers. Take a look – you might learn something new.

The original post:

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1. Your dog has only you.

1. Your dog has only you.
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2. If your dog ate your stash - say it!

2. If your dog ate your stash - say it!
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3. Dental hygiene is important for pets

3. Dental hygiene is important for pets
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4. Don't complain about boundaries.

4. Don't complain about boundaries.
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5. Your cat is not a jerk if it urinates outside the box. Maybe it has an infection

5. Your cat is not a jerk if it urinates outside the box. Maybe it has an infection
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6. Obese pet is not cute

6. Obese pet is not cute
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7. Choose a dog to match your lifestyle, not your esthetic preferences.

7. Choose a dog to match your lifestyle, not your esthetic preferences.
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8. Neutering cats does not make them fat or lazy.

8. Neutering cats does not make them fat or lazy.
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9. Animals are not house decorations.

9. Animals are not house decorations.
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10. Understanding your pet's body language is important.

10. Understanding your pet's body language is important.
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11. Its not enough to feed and walk them - pets also need emotional care

11. Its not enough to feed and walk them - pets also need emotional care
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12. Rabbits need space and socializing.

12. Rabbits need space and socializing.
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13. Some cats are supposed to remain on the street

13. Some cats are supposed to remain on the street
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14. Choose - cats or lilies.

14. Choose - cats or lilies.
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15. Flea and tick treatments are designed for each type of animal specifically.

15. Flea and tick treatments are designed for each type of animal specifically.
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16. The vets are not out for your money. They are not trying to make you pay more than you should for medication.

16. The vets are not out for your money. They are not trying to make you pay more than you should for medication.
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17. If you have to euthanize your pet, don't leave its side, no matter how hard it is.

17. If you have to euthanize your pet, don't leave its side, no matter how hard it is.
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18. Be nicer to the vets. They are here to help you and your pet

18. Be nicer to the vets. They are here to help you and your pet
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Google is not a doctor

Google is not a doctor
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Don't make an emergency appointment and then cancel.

Don't make an emergency appointment and then cancel.
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19. Vet care is not free

19. Vet care is not free
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20. Most health issues do not require emergency care.

20. Most health issues do not require emergency care.
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We hope you’ve learned something from these answers. The most important thing is- trust your vets. They are not there to rob you; they want to see your pet get better.

Choose a pet according to your lifestyle. If you are a static person, don’t choose pets that need a lot of activity.

Also, whenever you can - adopt. It’s much more gratifying than shopping. Another very important thing - pet insurance is always a great choice.

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