Most people have a vision about what it’s like to be a veterinarian (that vision probably involves your veterinarian wearing a gleaming white coat, being nuzzled by a sweet, fuzzy dog, simultaneously accepting loving licks of affection while painlessly administering vaccines.) The reality: your veterinarian’s white coat was soiled within 5 minutes of arriving at work, that cute dog isn’t “smiling” but growling and baring its teeth, and the fuzzy land shark screams like a banshee when the vaccines are administered, causing everyone in the building to wonder why the vet is abusing a dog in exam room one. There are certainly a lot of myths about how we spend our days; here are some of the absolute truths about being a veterinarian.
Recently, my dog Maeby and I filmed a spot with Rafferty Subaru, discussing the importance of car safety for our pets. With the advent of pet-friendly hotels everywhere, it seems more and more of us are traveling with our pets. Some dog owners like to take Fido everywhere, even while running brief errands around town, while others only take Fluffy or Fido in the car when absolutely necessary (like when coming to see me at Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital!) There are some basic safety considerations any time your fluffy companion is traveling with you.
These days, so many clients are seeking natural foods, remedies and supplements for their pets (and for themselves!) I’m on board with this trend, to a degree: the 2-leggers in our house are vegetarians, and we try and eat mostly organic, unprocessed foods. The Dr D pets eat quality foods, with minimal additives and simple ingredients. I seek out health and beauty products given high ratings by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website (a non-profit science-based environmental group which tests household and beauty products for ingredients known to be toxic to humans.)