As the pandemic continues, veterinarians provide their perspectives on how to care for ourselves and our dogs.
Every year at the beginning of the year, I like to take a moment (or several) to reflect on what we've learnt in the previous year and how we may alter and improve in the next year.
Most of us, especially those in the medical industry, believed things couldn't be any worse or more difficult than 2020, but 2021 proved us incorrect!
Last year, we had even more challenges in dealing with the pandemic's ever-changing demands. Humanity as a whole was experiencing a perceptible, heightened emotional vulnerability.
We saw a large rise in case load in veterinary medicine, as well as supply-chain difficulties, staffing shortages, and clients who were, understandably, having a hard time dealing.
We frequently assist clients in making some of the most difficult decisions of their lives. When doing so during a worldwide epidemic, the methods for coping are stretched and worn thin after a year or more of social isolation.
At times, it felt like all we could do was keep our heads above water and do our best, reminding ourselves that we, too, are human beings.
As we approach 2022, I am reminded of humanity's kindness and the resiliency of the human spirit. We may continue to treat each other with love, compassion, and light as a group.
When dealing with difficult conditions, emotional intelligence and self awareness are essential tools.
We may learn how to better handle stress as individuals and as a society through calm self-reflection, not projecting our feelings onto others, and remembering that the other person has their own problems.
We must continue to seek light within ourselves before becoming a guiding light for the rest of the planet.
Our relationship with our dogs has been one of the things that has stood out as a source of stability and affection at an otherwise chaotic time.
Bringing our pets in for annual health examinations and immunizations is one of the most important things we can do to improve their lives. We can give them the gift of good health, both emotionally and physically, by ensuring their mental and physical well-being.
Blood work might be quite beneficial if you have worries about an aging senior pet at home. It allows us to view what's going on inside their bodies and prescribe drugs to help them live a better life.
If you have a new puppy or kitten, it is critical that they have their immunizations to avoid contracting infections. We may discuss immunization protocols that best suit your pet's needs when you bring them in.
These are all good things we can do to make our pets' life better. After all, the pandemic has shown just how essential our dogs are to us all the more.