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Aussies Urged to Prioritise Pet Health

Support veterinary professionals amidst challenges ahead of World Veterinary Day 2024 (April 27)

Dr. Sasha Nefedova, General Manager of Petstock Vet, issues a compelling call to action for Australians to reassess their approach to pet care and rally behind the veterinary profession in the face of ongoing challenges. 

Drawing attention to recent research findings that reveal concerning trends in pet healthcare, Dr. Sasha underscores the critical need for regular veterinary visits and respectful treatment of veterinary professionals.

The veterinary community in Australia faces pressure, as the demand for their expertise continues to escalate. According to the Petsure Pet Health Monitor (2023), the ratio stands at a staggering 2,172 pets to every veterinarian, far surpassing the 273 human patients per doctor. 

High workload combined with job stressors including talking about costs of veterinary treatment with clients has an impact. Tragically, veterinarians experience a suicide rate twice as high as other health disciplines and four times higher than the general population.

Emphasising the importance of proactive pet care, Dr. Sasha stresses the responsibility of pet owners to conduct regular checks on their furry companions, even if they may not visit the vet frequently.

Dr. Sasha Nefedova
General Manager of Petstock Vet
"While routine check-ups, vaccinations, and parasite control are fundamental aspects of pet care," says Dr. Sasha, "pet owners play an integral role in closely monitoring their pets for any abnormalities that may necessitate a visit to the vet. 

These proactive measures empower pet owners to identify potential health issues early and seek veterinary care promptly, thereby reducing the need for emergency visits and safeguarding the overall well-being of their pets."

While these home examination tips and products can be helpful, Dr. Sasha still encourages that all pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets to the vet for regular check-ups and visits if problems persist.

Dr. Sasha's top tips for checking your pet’s health at home:

✔️ Eyes: Look for bright, clear, evenly focused eyes. Check for signs of conjunctivitis and consult your vet if you notice any abnormalities.

✔️ Skin: Check for any lumps, scratches, scabs, or swelling on your pet's skin. Look for signs of fleas and keep an eye on any new lumps, especially those that appear after a vaccination.

✔️ Ears: Examine your pet's ears for signs of infection, such as flaking, scabs, foul odour, excess wax, or discharge.

✔️ Mouth: Check your pet's breath and gums for signs of dental issues, such as bad breath, red gums, or brown streaks on the teeth.

✔️ Nose: Examine your pet's nose for excess mucus or discharge, which could indicate a respiratory infection.

✔️ Tail: Lift your pet's tail and check underneath for signs of parasites, such as rice-like grains or spaghetti-like worms.

✔️ Feet: Inspect your pet's feet for torn or overlong nails, cuts, swellings, or infections. Regularly trim your pet's nails to prevent discomfort and injury.

✔️ Small pets tip: It's essential to also monitor the teeth and nails regularly of small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

Overgrown teeth or nails can lead to discomfort and health issues in these pets. Regular dental checks and nail trims can help maintain their overall well-being.

Regular veterinary care is essential for detecting and addressing health issues early, ensuring the best possible outcomes for pets. 

However, amidst the ongoing challenges faced by veterinary professionals, it's essential to recognise and support their efforts. 

As Dr. Sasha Nefedova and Petstock extend their heartfelt appreciation to veterinary professionals worldwide for their dedication and compassion in caring for animals, they emphasise the importance of empowering pet owners with expert knowledge and resources. Together, they believe that Australians can make a positive impact on the health and well-being of pets and vet professionals everywhere.

MEDIA RELEASE, 24th April 2024

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