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The Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that while the number of Florida residents who regularly go to the veterinarian for cat-related ailments has more than doubled since the beginning of 2016, the number who take their pets to the vet remains “only” 1.4 percent of the state.
This statistic is due in part to the fact that the majority of pet owners who visit the veterinarian, either in person or by phone, are not looking for a medical checkup, and are more likely to seek the assistance of a veterinarian who specializes in veterinary conditions.
In Florida, it is not uncommon for a pet owner to be referred to a veterinarian for a minor health condition, such as sore feet or a cough.
But the veterinarian who sees the pet may be more concerned about whether a pet is getting enough exercise, and the vet may even prescribe a prescription for drugs that can help the pet lose weight.
“We see that a lot, because we see it as a way of not giving them a prescription to go to a doctor,” said Dr. Scott Ebeling, a veterinary assistant at Tampa Veterinary Medical Center.
“It’s a cost of doing business.”
Dr. Ebelling said that if the vet sees a pet that is getting sick, it’s not uncommon to see the pet go to their veterinarian’s office for an assessment.
If the pet does not receive a diagnosis or a prescription, the pet owner may be left to wonder why their pet is not receiving the proper treatment.
“If the vet is not sure that the pet is suffering, that is when you call 911,” Ebelings explained.
If you have a question about Florida pet ownership, or your pet needs veterinary care, you can reach the Tampa Veterinary medical center by calling 888-234-1234.