A Lesson in Reptile Anesthesia

May 25, 2013
On the Web
by Cindy Steinle

On the Web - Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are often compared to pediatricians because our patients, like many of theirs, can’t tell us what is wrong. It takes a lot of education and long hours before we learn to recognize most of the things that can make your little critter sick. Even then it is a tough job. We only see patients once or twice a year. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the way they are acting or feeling is normal for them. We just don’t see them enough. And when we ask what’s wrong, well, who knows what they would say if they could talk? This is where you, the owner, come in. One thing I have learned over the years is how important it is to listen to what you think is wrong with your pet. Because of the strong bonds and incredibly intimate relationships you share with your companions, you are often better at recognizing a potential medical problem than your veterinarian is. When it comes to what your pet is feeling, you are an expert.

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