Yesterday, I caught a snatch of something interesting on Breakfast TV.
Apparently, hundreds of people are at risk of killing their pet cats by mistake.
It is possible to buy anti-flea products over the counter at supermarkets, and also online, at lower prices than those prescribed by veterinary surgeons.
To save money, people are buying these flea products and not always reading the labels carefully enough.
Medication for dogs is far too strong to be used on cats. It affects the nervous system of the cats and results in the cats suffering fits.
This is often fatal. A visit to the vet becomes urgently necessary to try to save any affected animal…. resulting in heftier vet bill than would have occurred in the first place had the proper prescription been obtained specifically for that animal.
By chance, last evening, we shared a taxi with a group of friends who happen to be vets. They confirmed that the problem is widespread. They frequently have to care for cats who have been mistakenly given ‘dog’ medication, and the treatment is not always successful and pets do die.
Better to be safe than to be sorry.
Funnily enough there is often a “Pets’ Problem Corner” in our local paper.
No matter what the question is, the answer is invariably:
‘Seek the advice of your Vet’.
This surely makes sense? By the time somebody has noticed that a pet has a problem…… gets around to writing a letter….. posting it…… waits for it to be delivered…… and…some days later…… reads a reply…… ??
Taking on a pet is a lifelong promise to give it a good home, love, warmth, understanding, food and shelter, and medical care and treatment just as soon as there is a need for it.
There is, of course the need for regular medication against infestation by fleas and other pests, but the vet really IS the expert.
If you cannot afford to treat a pet properly, then don’t commit to having one.
After all there are always plenty of opportunities at your local re-homing centre, to volunteer to help with the animals stranded there through no fault of their own, until you are in a position to afford to offer to adopt the animal of your choice. You can cuddle cats; walk dogs; play with ferrets, or rabbits, or guinea pigs, or degus; or talk to birds. You might help with web sites, or answer the phones, or drive the ambulances (like we do), or clean out the pens. There again, you could help with the many fund-raising activities that are so essential.