Your Pets Health Needs Can Change with the SeasonYour Pets Health Needs Can Change with the Season

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Your Pets Health Needs Can Change with the Season

When I bought my first house, the number-one item on my list of new home "must-haves" was a large, fenced-in back yard, so the dogs I would soon adopt would have a place to run around! I adopted one younger dog and a senior dog, so I have learned about caring for pets of all ages. One thing I have noticed is that my dogs' health needs really change with the seasons. My older dog has a little arthritis, and it acts up more in the cold winter and I have to give him a supplement for it. Both dogs are a little less active in the winter when it is cold, so I have to feed them a little less or they gain weight. I decided to start a blog to share my pet health tips, and I hope you can learn a lot here!



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If you are a good pet parent, you probably take your pet in for annual checkups and shots. If you are an exceptional pet parent, you probably take your sick or injured pet into a veterinary hospital. If you have to go back to the veterinary hospital every six months to a year because your pet needs regular supervision for a chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, arthritis, etc.), you may not see the same staff there all the time. It is neither shift changes nor turnover either (although that can happen). Here is why your pet may not have continuous care by the same vet staff.

Vet Hospitals Are Training Hospitals

In most instances, vet hospitals are training hospitals. These are the businesses wherein many vet technicians, veterinary assistants, and veterinarians learn how to do do their jobs and work with sick and injured animals. As such, their internships and the rotation of interns tends to be somewhat short-lived. Because of the length of the internships for each type of vet staff and whether or not the hospital will accept and/or renew their applications for additional internships, you may not see the same staff more than a few times before you do not see them at all.

Internship Application Status

Because almost everyone in the veterinary hospital has to apply and reapply for a limited number of internship positions, applicants have to get their applications in very early. Failure to get an application in early means that an earlier applicant may get the internship instead. You could have a prior intern who has equal marks in education and an exceptional internship elsewhere apply for the same internship as one of the current interns -- and beat out that intern for the position next quarter. This also results in pets and their owners seeing different staff coming and going.

Do Not Worry--Care Is Still High Quality

Despite the fact that you may see different staff every time you bring your pet into a veterinary hospital like the one represented at, it does not mean lesser-quality care. Vet hospitals have very high standards for all of their interns and extremely high performance standards. That means that whoever you see and whomever cares for your pet, your pet will still get excellent care and treatment. You should also remind yourself that everyone working with pets, regardless of who they are, are at the hospital because they love animals just as much as you do -- maybe more.