Have you ever had that feeling that something is not right, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? At one time or another, we all have. These are called instincts. Do we listen to them? Not usually. We tend to question our feelings and doubt ourselves when it comes to our pets or even life in general.
I learned a few years ago to stop ignoring them and start paying attention. It has helped me on many occasions with my pets and their health. Surprising they haven’t steered me wrong yet although a couple of times I wish they had been.
Since our pets can’t talk to us and let us know that something is off, it’s up to us to be able to pick up on the nuances of illness. Then, of course, our pets live by animal instincts – Don’t show weakness, the weak don’t survive. It makes it even more difficult to be able to tell when something is wrong. It is where our ‘gut instinct’ comes into play.
A few times I’ve been watching my pets, and suddenly I’ll get a feeling that one of them is off. I’ll monitor for a day or two or even a few hours and then into the clinic they go. Sure enough, each time something has been found, and treatments started. It has not always been treatable, but my pets didn’t suffer because I waited too long.
You can never go wrong by having your pet checked out if you feel something is not right. Hopefully, it’s not something serious and can be fixed up with a few pills and TLC. The best-case scenario is that you’re wrong and everything is fine. At least then you get peace of mind. And this, according to an old saying, you can’t pay enough for peace of mind. But if something is indeed wrong, you’ll catch these problems in their early stages which makes them easier to treat with better results. You know your pet, and no one will argue with you about something being off. You know better than we do. We trust your instincts! We rely on them. And if you’re not sure – easy – call us and tell us what’s happening and how you’re feeling about it. Between you and us we’ll make a decision that works for both of you.
The most important thing is – if your gut is telling you something is wrong, it’s right. Don’t doubt yourself. Have the faith and confidence in yourself to listen to these feelings, and you won’t go wrong. You and your pet rely on it.
Written by: Sue, Receptionist