Posted by Lora Shaw on May 3, 2023
Technology impacts so many areas of our lives, and that includes the ways that we deliver care to our furry friends. With televet services, you can get the help you need, wherever you are located. In this post, we’ll walk through four key things you should know about virtual pet care so you can make sure your pet is receiving only the best!
Considering that remote vets aren’t familiar with your pet, they are going to first want to learn more about them by asking questions about daily habits and nutrition. Your pet’s well-being is important, so asking questions about their nutrition and bathroom habits can help give some insights into their symptoms or current state.
Next in these virtual vet visits, vets will typically do a head-to-paw inspection. Through this process, veterinarians are able to find out things like if your pet has an allergy or nutritional problem just by looking at the physical appearance of your pet, because the thickness, sheen, or texture of their coat can reveal such details. At this time, you may be asked to move your pet in front of the camera so that the vet can see everything they need to.
After the inspection, you’ll typically then begin discussing vital signs. Some things you may be asked to do is check and report your pet’s weight and pulse. The vet can walk you through how to do it, and healthy vital signs will help rule out certain conditions.
Lastly, during virtual pet care, vets will also typically ask about your pet’s behavior. This is the time that they’ll ask how your pet typically acts in your home. Understand that the vet is here to listen and can offer advice on ways to encourage good behavior, as well as tips to deter your pet from bad behavior.
Considering these visits are virtual, one of the biggest things you can do to prepare for them is to ensure you have a good Wi-Fi connection and that your microphone and speakers are working.
Along with that, just make sure you have any questions ready, and if you are discussing something specific, such as the way your pet is behaving, try to get the behavior on camera as it’s happening. That way, you can show the veterinarian a visual, rather than trying to describe the issue only in words.
While there are times when going in-person for pet care is necessary, virtual vet visits can often help you save a trip. Here are some cases where telemedicine is definitely a great option.
If your pet has been dealing with an illness for a while, chances are you can utilize televet services to help manage them. Common conditions include:
You know your pet best, so if they start acting differently or showing new symptoms, this is when virtual health can come in handy. Some common symptoms could include:
If your pet just had surgery, you could save some time by just following up via the phone. Your vet can observe your animal over video or even just check in through texting with any questions or concerns.
Telehealth has opened brand-new doors and opportunities when it comes to convenience. If you’re out of town, for instance, you could still communicate with your veterinarian if they offer these services, ensuring your pet stays well taken care of. Not only are these televet services easier on you, but also your pet. Here are some benefits of utilizing this form of care:
Just like your vet, we go above and beyond to give your pet the love and attention they deserve. If you’re ever looking for services like grooming, pet boarding or doggy daycare, be sure to contact us at Pet Palace!
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.