Veterinarians Share Things That All Pet Owners Should Know

Reddit user u/mrktx21 asked  a question: “Veterinarians of Reddit: What is one thing you wish people would know/understand about their pet?” Here are some of the best responses!


Cats. Can’t. Be. Vegan.

[SHUT UP] with your “well I’m vegan and I want my pet to be vegan too!!”



I am a vet. Do not get a cat and then expect me to amputate its toes because you don’t want it scratching the furniture. I refuse to perform declaws on cats because most of the time it is a mutilation for the cosmetics of a couch. There is no medical benefit to the animal.
Justapassingvet,Isabell Hubert Lyall


Dogs prefer their ears and tails intact.


About their pet, the best one I know is one I heard a while ago: You have your life, your job, your friends, your family to provide your social interaction per day. Your dog only has YOU. Interact with your dog for more than five minutes per day and maybe your dog will not go out barking every five seconds.
schrodingerscatty,G. Weston


From my former vet tech girlfriend, don’t leave your pets to be euthanized without you. It’s hard to be there and it’s hard to watch, but if you leave them they will die scared and looking for you. She had to try and comfort pets whose owner’s couldn’t bring themselves to stay and it’s one of the few things that makes her cry.


Your dog doesn’t “want to be a mom” or experience the “joys of motherhood”


vets pets Don’t buy a dog only because you like the way it looks. Huskies and most sorts of shepherds are working dogs. They need lots of activities to be happy and they often turn aggressive, if they do not get enough of it!


Don’t complain about your dog not having boundaries when you’re literally feeding them scraps off your plate at dinner time! That’s 100% on you.
SquilliamFancySon95,Extra Zebra


vets petsI am a vet. I wish people just even had a BASIC understanding of dog or cat body language. Ffs. The number of videos posted on reddit of animals in distress and its tagged as “oh my little fluffster is so cute when he plays!” Or whatever makes my blood boil. That kind of moronic ignorance is what gets children bit by the pet dog or the cat who is now dying because the owner had no idea of the signs 4 months ago.

10. Having a pet is a luxury, not a right. If you can’t afford unforeseen medical problems or pet insurance, please don’t get a pet!

vets petsNormal-Sort4287,John Donges