Impaction in animals: how a vet can help
Impaction in animals is very common when pet owners don’t offer the right levels of care for their beloved pets. It doesn’t need to be a fatal illness, and it can be easily cured regardless of the species, whether it is a cat, dog or reptile.
If you’re dealing with a pet owner who has one or more animals with signs of impaction, then action needs to be taken to prevent further animal health issues. Here are some tips you can offer pet owners to prevent impaction being a problem in the future.
1. Teach pet owners to spot the signs early
Using an ultrasound scanner is a great way to detect impaction in many animals. But by the time most owners come to you, the animal will mostly likely have already experienced significant discomfort. Therefore, pet owners need to be told of the early signs of impaction. This can help them try to resolve the issue early at home or allow them to come to you for an ultrasound scan which can detect the impaction before it becomes too challenging to treat.
2. Animal welfare best practices
Most impaction cases are caused by improper animal welfare. Therefore, you should actively promote and teach the proper care of animals. For some animals, like reptiles, it can be housing issues that are causing the challenges. In dogs and cats, it might be that the owners aren’t providing a healthy canine diet or healthy feline diet. By offering advice on the best animal nutrition, you can prevent some impaction cases.
3. Home treatments
There are many home treatments that pet owners can apply before they come to you or after they’ve had an ultrasound scan. This can include pumpkin treats for dogs, adding water to a cat’s food, or bathing a bearded dragon. These simple home remedies can help calm pet owners who become anxious when their pets aren’t feeling well.
Impaction is very common in many animals. It is often due to diet or some form of improper animal care. While treatment is necessary, you need to also help pet owners to prevent it happening in the future. This can include helping them to change their pet’s diet, housing and daily routines.