Why are we being advised to have a Vet check there's nothing wrong with the dog…
It's just a behaviour change…
It's just a dominance thing…
They don't respect me as a leader/alpha…
They haven't been sick…
They're eating and drinking…
They haven't yelped….
They aren't acting ill or in pain…
These are just some of the responses we hear daily.
Every Pet owner from Dog to Horse to Hamster has a duty of care under the
Animal Welfare Act 2006 UK
Animal Welfare Act 1966 under federal law in the USA
Animal Welfare Act 1976 France
Animal Welfare Act 1972 Germany
Animal Welfare Act 2011 Netherlands
Animal Welfare Act 1985 Australia
… to meet the animals welfare needs. This means any behaviour changes must be seen by a vet to rule out pain and illness first and then ensure that steps are made to ensure the dog's welfare needs are addressed.
CAMs Arthritis Management on Facebook strives to educate owners on this issue. Arthritis for example can hit at any age not just old age!
Due to this they have set up #hollysarmy and #yourdogmoreyears because too many people leave it until it is too late. Canine Arthritis Management
Dogs are the best tricksters, they hide pain and illness from us so well. Sadly dogs see it as a disadvantage to show pain and feel vulnerable. This is why they hide pain so well.
We are not being horrible or it isn't that we can't be bothered to help you. It is because as Professionals we have a duty of care to support the Welfare of your dog!
Yes, your dog, as an individual who we have never met, we care about! We don't want to see your dog suffering. We study for endless hours and we have the knowledge to help you.
Here is a fantastic article from Dr. Sarah Heath concerning the behavioural effects of pain https://m.facebook.com/groups/664027960470508/permalink/1631858417020786/
My own Dogs have had several vet checks and the youngest is only 2 years old! This is because if I suspect pain or illness I want to eliminate it or support them as needed!
What exactly is a Vet check?
So when we recommend vet checks, quite often people think this is a booster appointment.
When you book an appointment for a vet check for pain and or behavioural changes you need to be specific when booking the appointment. Some vets will offer to do blood tests, x rays or refer on to a Canine Chiropractor or Hydrotherapist for example.
I also have a Chiropractor for maintenance.
So if we also recommend a Canine Chiropractor this is nothing we do not actively do ourselves.
We have to accept we do not know it all, even us Professionals which is why we are a team and all specialise in different areas, work together and study endlessly.
You for example could be a mechanic, an engineer, a Nurse or a Teacher for a living and if we came to you for advice we would listen to what you say. As you are a Professional and an expert in your field.
Please know we have your dog's best interest at heart. So please don't think we are fobbing you off or can't be bothered as we care too much if anything and this is why we recommend these courses of action.
Image description: light pink background with the title Vet Checks in brown.
Under in handwriting: why are we being asked to book a Vet check?
There is a Vet with blonde short hair, a green shirt, a white doctors coat and mint green scrub trousers with white trainers standing, with a Wolfdog in front of her.
There are bubbles of text surrounding them.
Displays of fear: this can be Cowering
Avoidance, Soiling, Growling
Displays of aggression
Your dog is a Rescue or Rehome and history is unknown
Waking through the night
A non - typical behaviour but known to have been a medical issue with other dogs
Changes in weight, appetite, appearance, thirst etc
These are only some of the reasons but all reasons are valid