Now that we have discussed basic training, diet and diseases of our pugs, it’s time to spend some time on what to do when our pugs show signs of sickness.
We normally discuss our children’s health problems with our friends and relatives, and if the ailment is a minor one, we follow their suggestions which sometimes work and sometimes don’t work. When the problem persists, we take our children to paediatricians.
When do we need a Vet:
In the same way, when we notice any symptoms of sickness in our pugs, which are usually exhibited by their behaviour, we need to take them to a veterinarian.
Some visible symptoms are: not showing eagerness to play or go out on walks, not eating well or over-eating, barking or howling a lot, shedding a lot of hair, resting more than normal, panting or drooling excessively, slowing down while on walks, limping or dragging the hind part while walking, reddening or dryness of eyes, difficulty shitting or urinating, shit being too runny or too stinky, urinating more than normal times or urinating small quantities but more number of times, etc.
Once we notice any of these symptoms, we are to get help immediately. We should never forget that animals cannot express their problems in the way we do. We got to monitor their activities all the time and check for signs of sickness. It’s just like how we do with our babies.
The most sensible way to get to know a vet for your pug is to look for one even when your pug doesn’t need any medical help so that you’ll have plenty of time and presence of mind to assess the pros and cones of approaching a particular clinic you wish to get your pug to. In an emergency you’re panic-stricken and can’t think properly or won’t have time to assess anything; you just want help and you’re happy when you get some, even if it’s below standards or norms.
How to find a Vet:
The toughest part of all this exercise of keeping our dogs medically treated is neither the time nor the money but finding a ‘good’ veterinarian! The most important point to consider while on the lookout for a vet is whether your pug is comfortable with his vet, the surroundings (the set up of the clinic) and the staff.
It’s just like how a child finds his school. When a child likes his school and the teachers there, he shows better academic achievement and appreciable behaviour; however, when he doesn’t like the surroundings or the teachers there, he becomes a chronic truant. In the same way, a pug shows readiness or willingness to visit a vet’s if he likes the place and people there, and a cooperative dog makes the owner’s and the medical staff’s task much easier, and there’s every chance of your pug getting better sooner than you expect.
The best way to find a vet is to talk to the pug owners among your friends and relatives. Though each pug responds differently in any given situation, a vet liked by a lot of other pugs is sure to be liked by your pug, too. Or there’s nothing wrong in giving it a try.
We have a number of online websites that give us a wealth of information about dog products, dog food and K9 clinics. You can freely visit the home page of any of the websites to see the set up and the qualifications of the staff working in a particular clinic, and, above all, the fee they charge, and can they make an appointment online.
Experts advise the new pug owners to accompany another pug owner, a friend or neighbour, when he takes his pug to a vet’s for a routine check-up so that the new owners will have a chance to see and know what to expect when they need to visit a vet for their own pugs. Very sensible advice, I suppose!
Kinds of Vets:
As there are different kinds of doctors treating humans, so are there different kinds of veterinarians. Some vets treat only a particular breed of dogs, some just examine their patients and prescribe medication; they don’t bother about the progression.
So, it is advisable to find the one that provides your pug with full medical care, including routine check-ups, attending to minor ailments and emergencies.
Once bitten; twice shy! There are many expert pug owners who admit having been fleeced by vets with such schemes as packages or membership privileges. There are some clinics which charge very little on the front, but keep a hell of other charges hidden, especially when your dog is in need of urgent treatment, and by the end of the day you’re made to shell out much more than you ever imagine!
The good news is that there are some vets who have full-fledged clinics that are well-staffed and equipped and charge reasonably and openly so that you won’t be in situation where you get your dog well but get a stroke for yourself while receiving the vet’s bill.
You’d be the luckiest one if you found such a vet near you…. not the one that gives you a stroke, but the one that bills you reasonably.
What to find in a Vet:
Some quotable quotes:
“The best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what’s the matter — he’s got to just know.” —- Will Rogers.
“With all due respect, I think that’s a little like saying that the veterinarian and the taxidermist are in the same business… Because either way, you get your dog back.” —- Joseph Leiberman
As we can see from those quotations, a vet’s job is very difficult… there’s nothing common between a vet and his patients. However, a conscientious vet gets his patients back on track sooner than a physician does with his human patients!
The only thing we need to do is to find a relatively good one whom we can afford, understand their modus operandi and get along well.
Words of Caution:
There can be accidents and surgeons of all types fail once in a while. Though we uphold them as gods when we are in great pain, we got to bear in mind that, after all, they are just humans and humans are bound to make mistakes.
While on our hunt for a vet, we have to consider some important facts: some vets may fail while treating some serious health issues with their patients; some vets may not like to treat dogs but oblige to treat a dog for different reasons such as money offered being more, the client being an influential person, etc. Do not expect cent per cent positive results or don’t try to influence the vet because either way you will be the loser because your pug suffers more.
Therefore, it is advisable to go to a vet who actually likes to treat dogs. It’d be even better if he/she treats only a particular breed of dogs.
Watch out for fake vets! There are a number of news items in which we hear about some greedy dog owners posing as ‘vets’ and playing with the lives of innocent dogs and cashing in on the sentiments of the dog owners. So, ask for the vet’s references and certificates, if need be.
There is another group of vets you should be aware of. Some vets are qualified but are not licensed yet or whose licenses have been legally cancelled because of their unorthodox practices. This group is far more dangerous than that of those inefficient vets.
There is even a worse type of vets who are more interested in selling pet products than actually treating your dog. They scare you to death with some made-up findings such as excess or lake of some protein or vitamin in your dog, and when you take the bait, they sell you all sorts of products that are more harmful than useful. The best way to avoid them is to get out of such clinics the moment you notice that you’re being baited.
How to conduct yourself at the vet’s:
As your pug can’t talk human language, you are the one to explain your observations to the vet. The more composed and precise you are, the better the treatment you get for your pug. Don’t try to show your over-possessive emotions to your vet in the hoping of getting his ‘undivided’ attention; he’s seen hundreds of likes of you. So keep your emotions under control and explain the problem to the vet in plain language, and follow his instructions, especially at the first visit.
Do not expect miracles at the hand of your vet or because you are paying heavily for the obvious fact that the vet needs some time to get to the root cause of the problem, and for some complicated ailments, even experienced vets need to apply trial and error methods.
Good Luck To You & Good Health To Your Pug!