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What should you do if your pet gets sick during the lockdown?

Nobody wants their beloved pet to get sick, especially now, when entire cities are on lockdown. But in case they do, you should know what to do.

Tabby Dans, DVM, of the Pet Health Hub Animal Clinic, says that if your pet should fall ill while we’re on "enhanced community quarantine," the first thing you need to do is to assess the severity of the illness.

“I think pet owners can generally assess if a condition is urgent or if it can be observed for a while before seeking medical care. It helps to put yourself in your pet’s shoes: If you showed the same signs, would you go to the doctor or would you wait a bit and see how your symptoms progress?” she said. 

Dans understands though that it can be a little tricky because it’s very subjective. So to help you differentiate between when you need to observe your pet’s condition in the meantime and when you need to bring them to the vet, she’s come up with a list of examples that might help.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, and if you do feel you need to bring your pet to the vet, please use your own discretion. “It’s important to remember that an accurate assessment can only be done if the vet can actually assess the pet [in person],” reminds Dans.

Here’s when it’s probably okay to wait a bit and observe your pet before seeking medical advice:

Dans says, “The general rule is, if your pet is eating satisfactorily, is active, and generally responsive, it’s unlikely to be an emergency and you can probably observe them closely for a day before deciding to bring them to the vet.”

Here are some instances when you should go see or talk to a vet:

“If you’re unsure or aren’t confident you can do an assessment on the severity of your pet’s condition, call your vet and discuss whether or not it’s time to look for a vet clinic that can accommodate you and your pet. FYI, most of the clinics that are still operational right now are strictly by-appointment only and have a one-pet-one-companion policy,” says Dans.

Some clinics do offer telemedicine at this time. “I saw a Facebook page dedicated to online consults for pets while we’re on lockdown called Pet First Aid. Teleconsults may not be ideal but some consults can be done online in the meantime,” Dans notes.

“I’ve been doing this from home, and I just email clients their prescriptions and hope that the teleconsult will be enough to address their pets’ needs. If not, then they have to look for clinics that are still currently open,” she adds.

Here’s a list of clinics that have remained open during the lockdown, albeit under modified hours. – Rappler.com

 

Maggie Adan is a storyteller at heart. She is a freelance editor, writer, and content creator.

When she’s not stringing words together, she’s practicing yoga, doing crafts, puttering around in the kitchen, or providing free petting services to neighborhood dogs.