Are you guilty of playing your own vet? Sometimes, it seems the cost of going to the vet is too high. A lot of vets charge high even just for a check-up.
And sometimes, a simple check-up will result in test upon tests: blood chem, x-ray, ultrasound, etc.
These rack up a good thousand or so.
It is highly tempting to just go and buy meds for your pet and administer what you think is right. But that is no right. Sometimes, we misdiagnose and give something more harmful than helpful.
For ailing pets, we think to just give them painkillers or colds medicines. Did you think you might just get the dosage wrong?
Be warned, vets know what they are talking about. They have to weigh your pets and give you the right prescription. Don't just give human medicines to your pets. You might think it's just colds medicine but there are colds medicine which are bad for your pet. Please go and consult your vet. Yes, it is costly but this is our baby we are talking about. Never self-medicate without the approval of your pet. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Think of this like this:
I thought something was wrong with my pooch. I sent him to the vet. His temperature was normal and no signs of anomaly in muscle, eyes, rectum. I spend Ph650.00 for a full blood workout. The result: normal. A bit hyper acidic due to food intake but otherwise healthy. I paid Ph650 for peace of mind. The doctor's note: just give him yakult or yogurt and avoid fats and treats for a while.
To sum everything up, do not self-medicate. If you need to find a cheaper vet, please do but never do it yourself. Even a simple deworming should be facilitated by the vet.
Tip: To keep healthy and avoid the cost of check-ups, go to free check-ups in events. Just have the vet in attendance see your pet and look them over. If there is findings, go to your local vet and keep them informed at all times.