Today is a new day and as such, I am full of positive thoughts and lots of hope. Every time I lose a beautiful patient, I strive to be better and become more determined to save every patient that comes my way.
The consultations I look forward to are puppy and kitten vaccinations. Cuteness is guaranteed and just seeing those adorable puppies and kittens makes my day.
While they seem like straightforward consultations that may only take 5 minutes of my time, the truth is quite contrary in my case.
I seize these consults as an opportunity to educate my clients about all their new additions’s requirements from worming and flea control to diet and exercise and puppy/kitten socialization. I indulge my clients and their puppies or kittens with a very interactive and informative consultation. I spoil my patients with heaps of treats and try to use the rewards as a diversion so they do not react or feel the vaccination injection. It is so important to give these puppies and kittens a great first experience at the vet clinic. It will teach them to associate it with a happy place not scary one. Unfortunately the smell around the clinic and noise can push some of these tiny critters into panic mode inspite of our efforts. I also can detect very early and subtle underlying anxiety in some of these puppies or kittens that the owners must be warned about.
The side effect of all this indulgence may lead to me running late for the rest of my consults. However, I feel it is well worth every moment!
The biggest struggle with vaccinations is having to hand over the adorable baby pets back to their rightful owners.
Sometimes you wish they could stay in that puppy or kitten stage a little longer; just to give you enough time to capture heaps of pictures.
This puppy was the first Italian greyhound puppy I have ever met. I have treated a few adult italians but never seen a puppy. The poor owners had to wait for ages while we paraded him around the practice and the took photos like the paparazzi. He was thrilled with the attention and his owners were equally ecstatic with the amount of love and cuddles he was engulfed with.
I mean can you imagine parting with this cutie? Look at him and answer me…
- What keeps a vet ticking with energy… (rayyathevet.com)