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What Time Is ‘Vet Time’?



Imagine you feel a little under the weather. Maybe you’ve been vomiting overnight or have a nasty case of diarrhea. Is it the jumbo burrito you ate off the “roach coach” for lunch? Did you pick up a vicious bacterial infection that will require medication? Or is this the first signs of liver failure, a strange tropical parasite or even cancer?

How long will you wait before seeking medical help? Do you try a few over-the-counter remedies to see if the symptoms go away? Every one of us has a different answer. Some will seek a professional opinion early on while others will wait, sometimes too late for the disease to be fixed.

As pet owners, we go through the same process when our animals are sick. How do you decide when it is time to see your veterinarian? Here are some points to help you make the right decision.

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