Vet Hospital Friendship Animal Hospital has a Facebook page that has received more than 500 likes in the last week.
It’s not uncommon for people to share their pets’ health concerns after being picked up by vets or after being given a ride to a vet’s office.
“If you are a vet or a vet assistant and you see a pet in the hospital with a medical condition, do not hesitate to call us,” a vet manager on the page wrote.
“We are happy to provide you with all of the medical advice and help you can.”
It’s important to note that there is no guarantee that someone will respond to a Facebook post, and that it’s not always the case that someone who has just visited the hospital will have their pet returned to them.
A Facebook page with more than 1,500 likes has been posted by a vet in Melbourne who says his pets’ illnesses are not caused by the flu.
“They’re all under the influence of some sort of medication or a cocktail,” he wrote.
He said the only way to treat his pet was to take it home, put it in the bed and wait for it to calm down.
Veterinarians are worried that the lack of transparency around veterinary care could lead to unnecessary suffering, especially when a pet is not treated within 24 hours of being picked-up.
The Veterinary Medical Association of Australia said it was concerned that some people were not being given the information they needed to ensure their pets were not exposed to harmful chemicals.
The association has launched an online petition calling for more information about how vets treat pets.
“[We want] vets to provide the right information for vets and patients,” its spokesperson Dr David Lydon said.
If you or someone you know needs help or advice with pet health or wellness issues, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 762 752 or email [email protected]
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