5 Low Cost Vet Options for Pet Owners

1. Spay/Neuter Clinics Offer Low Cost Veterinary Services

If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered and you cannot afford the price at your regular veterinary hospital, there are spay/neuter clinics throughout the country that offer low-cost surgeries. Many of these clinics will also provide vaccines at lower prices as well.

2. Vaccine Clinics Provide Affordable Veterinary Care

Vaccination Clinics are conveniently located throughout the country and can usually be found in the larger pet stores. Most of these clinics are not fully equipped to provide full veterinary services, but most will provide affordable preventative veterinary care for your pet. They offer
pet vaccination, anti-parasitic treatment, and diagnostic screening for all dogs and cats.

3. The Humane Society Assists With Veterinary Services

In your area, the local Humane Society may be a source for affordable pet care services and options.  The Humane Society provides Low-cost spay/neuter services to prevent over-population of cats and dogs. The Humane Society provides vaccine clinics to keep your pets’ current with vaccines. Other services may include microchip implantation, dewormer, and flea control. You and your pet may struggle with nail trimming. Affordable Nail Trimming is another service that the Humane Society offers. Some Humane Society facilities offer pet training and pet behavior advice. Coming soon…TelePAWS will be offering affordable online Pet Training and Pet Behavior services. In some areas, the Humane Society may offer mobile vet services.

4. Charitable funds like AVMF Assist Pet Owners Obtain Veterinary Care for Their Pets

The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) is a program created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) to provide veterinarians with a simple and effective way to offer charitable veterinary services to clients facing personal hardships as well as a means to support animals who are injured or rescued from abuse and neglect. Only veterinary hospitals that are enrolled in VCCF can offer low- or no-cost services to clients.

5. Teleadvice and Telemedicine Provides Lower Cost Veterinary Care

The TelePAWS has experienced/dedicated veterinarians to advise pet owners on preventive care options for their pets. The convenience and comfort (for pets and owners) of being able to ‘visit’ a veterinarian from home can be an invaluable experience for many. Because pet telemedicine is a relatively new service, there may be hesitation and skepticism. With the right online vet, the experience should be comfortable, easy, and informative. Be prepared for a lot of questions. The more information that the veterinarian gets about your pet, the better the advice and prognosis. Clients can access TelePAWS’ low-cost vet services from anywhere in the U.S. 

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Behavioral Problems in Pets: Can an Online Vet Help?

Is your dog or cat tearing up your furniture? Getting into the trash? Eliminating on the floor? Does your pet have anxiety with loud noises or new people?

Behavioral issues are common in pets and can be a strain on the human-animal bond. It is important to have a discussion with a veterinarian about the problems you are having with your pet’s behavior. In most cases, behavioral modification training techniques and/or medications can be very helpful to improving your pet’s anxiety and the bond you have with each other.

Making an appointment with an online vet is an alternative to taking your pet in to a veterinary hospital or clinic. This will save you time, expense, and the added stress of getting your pet to their office. Read further to find out how an online vet can help you with your pet’s behavioral problem.

An Online Vet Can Give Behavioral Modification Advice

Many behavioral issues can be remedied with specific training techniques or changes to their daily routine. Something as simple as increasing daily walks or allowing play time at a doggy day care can have positive effects on a dog’s behavior. Changing the way you get ready to leave the house can make a dramatic difference for dogs with separation anxiety.

An online vet will listen to your concerns about your pet’s behavioral problem and will determine the best plan to help alleviate these issues. If your pet has extreme anxiety or aggression problems, you may be advised to see a professional trainer or veterinary behaviorist. In many cases, though, behavior can be modified with at home training techniques.

Underlying Illnesses and Diseases Causing Behavior Issues Can be Discussed

There may be an underlying illness or disease process that is causing your pet to have a change in their behavior. For example, an underlying urinary tract infection will cause many cats to urinate outside of their litter box and well-trained dogs to urinate in the house. Hypothyroidism and Cushings disease can increase symptoms of anxiety in dogs. Ear infections can cause dogs to be painful, making them anxious or aggressive when petted on the head.

It is important to discuss behavioral changes with a veterinarian in order to determine if an underlying problem could be the cause. If a disease or illness is suspected, your vet will likely recommend testing such as blood work, urinalysis, and sometimes imaging. An online vet can help you decide what is the best course of action when your pet is exhibiting anxiousness or other changes in behavior.

Anti-Anxiety Medications May Help

Did you know that your dog or cat can go on Prozac too? For pets that are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or other behavioral problem, they may benefit from medications that decrease anxiety. There are several types of anti-anxiety medications which can be used to treat cats and dogs. Many dogs commonly use anti-anxiety medications during times of stress such as thunderstorms, fireworks, and visits to the vet hospital. Pets with separation anxiety and certain fears may need to stay on an anti-anxiety medication long-term to give them the best quality of life.

Talk with an online vet about whether or not your pet could benefit from a medication for their anxiety. Your pet does not need to continue to feel anxious around loud noises or panic when you leave them alone at home. Your online vet can help you choose the best treatment for their particular behavioral issue.

An Online Vet Can Improve the Bond Between You and Your Pet

Behavioral problems in pets can be extremely frustrating for pet owners. These problems, if left untreated, can lead to abandonment, abuse, or loss of compassion for these animals as well as stress in the household. Pets with behavioral issues can be costly as well. They can be destructive to their environment and can cost a lot over time on trainer fees, home repairs, etc.

Improving the human-animal bond is important to veterinarians. The goal is to improve the bond which will then increase the care given to these pets over time, giving them longer, happier lives. If you are struggling with an unruly or anxious pet, there is help available through an online vet.

Schedule an appointment for just $50 at TelePAWS and get help for your pet’s behavior issue.

How Does An Online Vet Consultation Work?

Teleadvice has been used for many years to treat people’s illnesses and provide a convenient way for doctors to treat their patients. Did you know that teleadvice is also available for your pets as well?

We will discuss the use of teleadvice and what you can expect when you make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS.

1. When Would I Use an Online Vet?

Have you considered using an online vet for your pet’s needs? We are here when you don’t have the time to take your pet to your local vet hospital. Perhaps you live a long distance from a hospital or you will be unable to get an appointment with them sooner than you expected. TelePAWS online vets are available at a time that is convenient for you.

If your pet is terrified of the vet hospital, try using an online vet. Your pet will have no idea that they are being seen by a veterinarian in the comfort of their own home. If you dread the idea of dragging your cat or dog to see their vet, we are here to help.

Online vets at TelePAWS can help with many different illnesses and concerns that pet owners see regularly. Common problems we advise on most often are skin allergies resulting in itchy skin and skin infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, arthritis, anxiety and other behavioral problems, food allergies, upper respiratory infections, intestinal parasites (worms), diarrhea, vomiting, superficial bite wounds, and much more.

2. When You Sign Up For an Appointment

At TelePAWS, we have created a simple website for you to use. Just visit www.TelePAWS.com to get started.

When you are ready to set up an appointment with a vet, click on the button that says, Request an Appointment, and fill out the form.

3. How Long Does it Take?

Once you have submitted the online form, you can expect a vet to contact you by text or email within a few hours. They will then set up a time for the appointment that works best for you.

Appointments typically last anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending upon the complexity of the problem. You will be given ample time to have your questions answered.

4. What Will You Need?

TelePAWS appointments take place through teleconference using an app called Zoom.

You can download this app for free on your computer, cell phone, or tablet. If you have a bigger pet or your pet is not able to move easily, it is best to use a phone or tablet that you can take to your pet in order for the vet to get a visual look at him/her through the video.

5. How Do I Get Prescriptions?

New laws and regulations regarding prescriptions have severely limited TelePAWS from issuing prescriptions. If you need a prescription, you may need to make a traditional appointment with your local veterinarian.

If you have concerns about your pet and need help from a reliable, trusted source, visit TelePAWS for the best online vet care available.

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An Online Vet Case Discussion

More and more pet owners are finding that they have access to vet care through online services. By using an online vet, they are able to save time, expense, and the headache of taking a pet to the vet hospital every time an illness or injury occurs. Their pets benefit as well because they don’t have to experience anxiety by going into a vet’s office. The following is an example of an actual case that was seen by one of the online vets at TelePAWS.

Sophie’s Story

Sophie* is an 8-year old Dachshund who lives in Florida with her owner, Maryann*. Sophie has been a healthy dog up until recently when Maryann started to notice some concerning symptoms including a hesitancy to jump up on the bed and couch like she normally does, and her back appeared to be more arched than usual.

Sophie is an anxious dog whenever she is in new situations, especially when she goes to the vet’s office. Maryann doesn’t like to see Sophie get so scared, so she decided to research online to find out if there are any online vets that could help her. Maryann was happy to find a vet telemedicine company called TelePAWS.

Appointment With the Online Vet

Maryann made an appointment through the TelePAWS website and a TelePAWS Veterinarian contacted her quickly to set up a time that worked well to meet on Zoom for a teleconference online later that day. Maryann had concerns about Sophie’s comfort and thought she might be in pain, so she was glad that she would be able to meet with a vet online so soon.

During the conference meeting, the Veterinarian was able to watch Sophie walk and see how she moved throughout the house. The Veterinarian was also able to coach Maryann on how to perform a basic neurological and orthopedic exam in order to determine whether or not there were any areas of pain or loss of neurological function.

One test that the Veterinarian had Maryann perform is called conscious proprioception. She had Maryann flip all four feet over so that the tops of the paws were touching the ground. A dog with abnormal neurological function will not sense that their paws are turned over, and therefore will not right them like they should. Thankfully, Sophie’s conscious proprioception was normal. The only abnormality found on exam was an arched mid back that was sensitive to touch.

TeleAdvice for Sophie

The TelePAWS Veterinarian determined that Sophie most likely was experiencing pain due to a herniated disc in her spine. This disease is commonly seen in breeds with longer backs, such as Dachshunds, Corgis, Beagles, Shih Tzus, and others.

Maryann learned, through her time with the doctor, how to recognize the signs of a herniated disc, treatment options, and prevention of symptoms. Thankfully, Sophie’s symptoms were mild, so she did not need to be sent to a neurologist, but the doctor did have some recommendations for treatment.

Treatment and Outcome

The TelePAWS Veterinarian suggested that Maryann should get Sophie three medications – a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory medication, and pain medicine. Maryann was also instructed to strictly rest Sophie for two weeks to allow the herniated disc in her spine to heal.

Over the following two weeks, Sophie improved daily. Maryann was surprised by how rapidly Sophie started to feel more like herself. Before too long, Sophie was enjoying her regular walks and daily routine that she was accustomed to.

*Names have been changed for privacy.

If you have concerns about your pet and would like to talk with an online vet, visit TelePAWS.

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6 Ways to Keep the Holidays Merry for Your Pets

Create a stress-free and safe holiday season for your family pets by following these 6 tips.

1. Decoration Safety

Christmas trees and other decorations present multiple hazards for dogs and cats. Follow these suggestions to protect your pets from injury:

Anchor the tree to the wall with rope or wire to prevent it from being knocked over. You can also consider blocking off access to the tree with baby gates.

Do not allow pets to drink the water from live trees. This water can have chemicals and bacteria present that can make your dog or cat sick.

Keep ornaments out of the reach of pets by not placing any at the bottom of the tree. Avoid glass ornaments that pets could eat pieces of if they fall from the tree.

Keep all other decorations out of the reach of your pets. Many decorations can lead to GI obstruction if consumed, so be certain that they are placed in an area that is inaccessible to all pets in the house.

Decorative plants such as poinsettia, mistletoe, and holly can be toxic if consumed by a dog or cat. All plants should be kept out of the reach of pets at all times to avoid exposure.

Candles can be knocked over by pets, presenting a fire hazard. Candles should be kept high enough where pets cannot reach, or consider using electric candles instead.

2. Safe Holiday Treats

Your pets will want to enjoy seasonal treats as much as you do. Be careful to prevent sickness in your pets by following these tips:

No chocolate. There is a lot of chocolate and candy around the holiday season. Since this is toxic to dogs, be sure that you don’t leave any laying around where they can get to it.

Caution with table scraps. Foods high in fat can cause pancreatitis. This can be a serious problem that may require your pets to be hospitalized. Keep treats that are safe for your pets handy to avoid giving them food from the table.

Veggies only. If you do want to give people food to your pet, give safe foods only such as carrots, plain green beans or sweet potatoes.

Tell the guests. Let your guests know what is safe to feed your pets when they are visiting your home.

Take out the trash. Be sure not to leave trash cans full with holiday food scraps after your guests leave to prevent pets from getting into it and causing GI upset.

3. Stress-free Guest Visits

While we may greatly enjoy the excitement of visitors during the holidays, our pets can be very stressed by all of the new voices, noises, and smells. Plan ahead to help them feel more at ease when this season arrives by following these recommendations:

For pets that are fearful of increased noise, it is best to keep them in a back room or a crate in a quiet area.

Consider boarding your pet at a boarding facility during the busiest days if they are very fearful of people and new sounds in their home environment.

Some pets may benefit greatly from anti-anxiety medications during times of increased stress. Speak with an online vet about whether or not your pet should be prescribed one of these medications this holiday season.

If your dog or cat is fearful of other animals, explain to your guests that they should leave their own pets at home when they visit you.

Pets that tend to bite or scratch when scared should be kept away from the guests at all times. Let your guests know that your pet is too fearful to be petted and should be left alone.

4. Watch the Doors

Keep your pets safe during the holiday hustle and bustle by protecting them from getting loose outdoors.

Make sure your guests know to keep the doors to the outside closed at all times to prevent a pet from slipping out.

If your pet is notoriously good at sneaking out the doors, it would be best if they are kept crated or at a boarding facility.

Keep your pet’s microchip and collar tags up to date in case they do get outside accidentally.

5. Travel Safety With Pets

If you are traveling with your pet this holiday season, check these tips for the safest, most enjoyable trip.

Car restraint. Purchase a car seat or harness to attach to the seat belt to keep your pet safe in the case of an accident and to prevent distracted driving. Some pets are kept in a travel kennel in the car to keep them from moving around the vehicle as well.

Medications. Some pets, especially cats, will require sedation for long car rides or plane flights. Others will need anti-nausea or motion sickness medications to prevent vomiting in the car. Although, in many jurisdictions, TelePAWS cannot prescribe medication, speak with an online vet to see if your pet would benefit from one of these medications before your next trip.

Take breaks often. Make potty breaks often so your pet can stretch and relieve themselves. Offer small amounts of water and food periodically as well, especially if it is a very long drive.

6. Have a Plan If Your Pet Gets Sick

Even when precaution is taken, our pets will get sick from time to time. Be prepared for illness and injury by setting up a subscription with an online vet at TelePAWS.com. The veterinarians at TelePAWS will be able to give you the best advice and care for your pets this holiday season.

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

Make sure your pets are safe this Thanksgiving by following these guidelines. By paying attention to the needs of your pets, the whole family can enjoy the season.

Decrease the Stress

Thanksgiving can be hectic and noisy with house guests, new noises, children running, and a busy kitchen. These stimuli can be overwhelming for some pets, especially cats. Dogs can have anxiety with increased noise and people, so don’t assume that they are enjoying themselves with all of the guests in your home.

Cats tend to do better when kept in a small, dark area where they can feel hidden like a closet in a back room. Anxious dogs should not be forced to mingle with guests and should be kept in an unused back room or in a crate in a quieter area. Let your guests know that your pet is anxious and not to try to pet them.

If your pets become stressed around other animals, make a request that your guests not bring their own pets to your home. Even if your guests’ pets are kept away from yours, the new smells and sounds will be upsetting to them.

Some dogs and cats have severe anxiety with changes in their routines, noises, and new people. These pets may benefit from receiving anti-anxiety medication on Thanksgiving Day.

Keep Pets Safe

Pets can get forgotten in the middle of the busyness of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and entertaining for Thanksgiving festivities. Remember that there will be guests coming and going through your home who will not know to keep the dog or cat from running out the front door.

Be sure to keep your pets crated or in a back room if they tend to dart for the front door. Make sure your guests know not to let them out of their rooms or crates. For pets that do not tend to run off, it’s still a good idea to make your guests aware to keep the front door closed so the pets are safe. Dogs will make a beeline for a squirrel if given the chance.

You may even want to consider boarding your anxious pets at a facility where they will be more safe. Though many pets are anxious while boarding, they will not be at risk of getting loose outdoors or getting into the turkey.

For pets that have fearful behavior and tend to bite when scared, they should be kept away from your guests at all times. Not everyone is able to pick up on the signals that dogs and cats give when they are getting ready to bite out of fear. Make a plan before Thanksgiving Day comes to ensure that your pets will be safe and comfortable.

Hide the Turkey

We’ve all heard the stories of the dog that ate the entire turkey prepared for the Thanksgiving meal. Not only will the guests be upset by the lost meal, but your dog can become very sick. The bones can be difficult to digest or result in an obstruction if too many are eaten at one time. The fat content in many foods can be much too high for a dog, resulting in a painful condition called pancreatitis where the pancreas becomes very inflamed. These dogs have to be hospitalized many times in order to help them feel better.

Many foods that are safe for people can be toxic for pets. Chocolate, onions, grapes, xylitol sweetener, and others are not digested the same way in dogs as in humans. It is important to keep food away from the reach of your pets, and if this is not possible, the pets should be kept in a crate.

Not only do you need to keep an eye on the food on the table and counters, but the trash can as well. Be sure to empty the trash cans before allowing your pets to have freedom to visit the kitchen after your guests leave.

Healthy Holiday Treats

It is also important to tell your guests not to feed your pets. It is tempting to want to slip a little treat to them when no one is looking, but this can make them very sick. Let your guests know that the foods we eat can be very bad for dogs and cats. Many pets also have food allergies which can result in vomiting and diarrhea after getting just a small taste of turkey or chicken. You can keep a jar of appropriate, safe dog treats for your guests to give to the pets instead.

If you can’t resist giving Fido a taste of what you are having for Thanksgiving, choose items that are low in fat and without sugar. Things like carrots, plain green beans, and baked sweet potatoes without the brown sugar are healthy snacks most dogs will enjoy.

Who to Call

If you do run into a problem on Thanksgiving and you are not sure whether or not a trip to the veterinary emergency hospital is necessary, make an appointment with an online vet. They can help assess your pet, discuss the symptoms, and make a plan to help your dog or cat get better.

Make an appointment with an online vet today and get further advice for your pet’s care for just $50.

TeleVet vs. TelePAWS: Which Online Vet Solution is Right For You?

Telemedicine/Teleadvice is increasingly being used more in veterinary medicine as a way for pet owners to care for their furry loved ones. With all of the apps and websites advertising telemedicine/teleadvice for pets, how do you know which one to choose? We will compare two veterinary telemedicine/teleadvice companies to help make this decision easier.

What is TeleVet?

TeleVet is a company that helps veterinarians communicate with their clients through online apps. In order for a pet owner to use the TeleVet app, their regularly visited veterinary clinic must be enrolled in a plan through TeleVet. Not all veterinarians will use this company for communicating with their clients.

See more information about TeleVet here.

What is TelePAWS?

TelePAWS is a company that provides high quality veterinary care to all pet owners. The veterinarians at TelePAWS provide video conferencing visits at times that work best for you, including after the hours that most veterinary hospitals are closed.

The veterinarians who are employed at TelePAWS are selected for their overall medical experience, good bedside manner, and caring for animals. You can be certain that you will receive the best care for your pet by trusting the vets at TelePAWS.

Read more about TelePAWS.

How Much Does it Cost?

TeleVet costs for pet owners depends upon the individual vet clinic through which they communicate. Veterinary clinics pay TeleVet monthly to use their telecommunication services, and the clinic then sets a certain price for their consultations with the pet owner. This can be highly variable depending upon the type of consultation and what problems they are treating.

TelePAWS costs $50 per call with a veterinarian. A 4-pack of appointments can be purchased at a discounted rate of $150.00 as well. You can also sign up for a monthly subscription for $20/month, allowing you to have up to 6 appointments a year with a TelePAWS veterinarian. There are no hidden fees and setting up appointments is quick and easy!

Find out more about TelePAWS pricing here.

How Does it Work?

Veterinary clinics will determine if they wish to enroll in the services provided by TeleVet. If your regular vet does not pay the monthly fee for TeleVet, you will not be able to use TeleVet to get veterinary care for your pet. If your regular vet is enrolled with TeleVet, you will asked to pay the fees that your vet decides to charge for their time to provide the telemedicine consultation.

With TelePAWS, you will be guaranteed a consultation with an online vet at a time that is convenient for you. After you sign up for the appointment through the TelePAWS website, you will be contacted by a vet who will determine a time to meet through video conference that works for you. You will be given instructions on how to use the app for the meeting with your online vet. The process from start to finish is simple, fast, and easy to understand.

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The 7 Most Common Reasons to Call an Online Vet

1. Skin Conditions

Online vets see consultations on many types of skin conditions. This can include itching secondary to seasonal allergies, chronic allergies, food allergies, skin infections, and skin wounds.

When your pet is not responding to your at home treatments like bathing and antihistamines, it is time to contact TelePAWS to get additional teleadvice that may be helpful to your pet.

2. Eye Infections

Another common reason pet owners call online vets is when their cat or dog has an eye infection or irritation. This can be caused by a corneal ulcer, scratch on the cornea, bacterial or viral infections, dry eye disease, or allergies.

Treating at home with an eye wash can help soothe the symptoms, but if your pet continues to squint their eye, paw at their face, or have eye discharge, it is time to set up an appointment with a vet at TelePAWS.

3. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common reason for pet owners to contact an online vet. There are many causes for a pet to have diarrhea including parasites, dietary, viral or bacterial infections, inflammatory bowel disease, ingesting foreign material, liver or kidney disease, and multiple other causes.

Feeding a bland diet such as chicken or ground beef and white rice for a few days may be enough to get your pet back on track with their stools. Due to changes in state laws and regulations, TelePAWS is unable to prescribe medication. Our doctors will be happy to suggest over-the-counter alternatives for your pet care needs.

4. Fleas

A common reason for pet owners to contact an online vet is when their dog or cat has fleas. This aggravating skin parasite can quickly escalate into a full blown infestation, causing discomfort for everyone in the home. Scratching and chewing of the skin can result in hair loss and skin infections over time when fleas are becoming a major burden for a pet.

Online vets at TelePAWS can suggest high-quality oral flea and tick preventatives for your pets. These preventatives will work well to kill parasites and prevent them from becoming an infestation. Keep your household flea-free with the best products on the market by contacting your online vet.

5. Ear Infections

Ear infections are another common reason for calling an online vet. Most ear infections are secondary to allergies resulting in overgrowth of yeast and bacteria in the ears. Keeping the ears cleaned out with a pet-safe ear cleaner will help relieve some symptoms of discharge, redness and itching.

If your pet’s ears are irritated and itchy, an online vet can assess the situation and offer advice to clear the infection and soothe the ears. The vets at TelePAWS are available every day to set up an appointment.

6. Arthritis

Joint pain and limping secondary to arthritis are common reasons for a consultation with an online vet. Arthritis develops in injured joints and in pets as they age. This can lead to decreased desire to go on walks, lameness, and swollen, painful joints.

Over-the-counter pain medications such as Aspirin and Tylenol are not recommended for use in pets due to the side effects. Joint supplements such as glucosamine and fish oil are helpful in decreasing the progression of arthritis. For chronic pain, an online vet can suggest medications that may be helpful in getting your pet moving and comfortable again. Set up an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS to assess the severity of your pet’s arthritis.

7. Urinary Tract Infections

Urinating in the house, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, and frequent urination are signs of a urinary tract infection, the final most common reason for a consultation with an online vet. When your pet has a urinary tract infection, you will want fast, reliable treatment to get them back to normal.

Although in many jurisdictions, TelePAWS Veterinarians cannot prescribe medication, an online vet can suggest antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections. If you are noticing discomfort while urinating, blood in the urine, or your pet is asking to go outside excessively, it’s time to contact a vet at TelePAWS.

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4 Ways an Online Vet Can Help You With Your Dog’s Skin Conditions

Scratching and licking are common symptoms of skin conditions and allergies in dogs. Allergies can be seasonal, environmental, or caused by food. If your dog is suffering from skin conditions, get an appointment with an online veterinarian at TelePAWS. Your dog does not have to continue to scratch, lick, or bite at their skin any longer.

1. Online Vets Can Prescribe Leading Treatments for Skin Conditions in Dogs

(Note: Not all states allow online prescriptions)

Cytopoint and Apoquel are two very effective treatments for skin conditions, particularly allergies in dogs. These medications work by decreasing the body’s response to allergens in the environment through targeting of cytokines (proteins involved in the itch pathway).

Cytopoint is an injection given every 4-8 weeks and can be given at home by you. There are no side effects and it works very quickly to combat the body’s response to allergens. This medication may be prescribed by an online vet (see Note above) and ordered through an online pharmacy.

Apoquel is an oral tablet given daily to prevent the body from reacting to allergens. There can be side effects if given long-term, so your vet will discuss the benefits vs. risks of using this medication. Short-term, it is very safe and effective at giving your pet complete relief from all of the itching and scratching. This medication is meant for animals only, so it must be ordered through an online pharmacy.

Steroids are also an option to treat allergies in dogs. There are side effects of increased urination and drinking of water while on steroids, but they are very effective at controlling the symptoms of allergies. Ideally, steroids are used only for short-term treatment as there can be many long-term undesirable side effects. Your online vet can prescribe steroids at a local pharmacy or an online pharmacy easily and quickly.
(See Note above.)

2. Online Vets Can Prescribe Specialized Diets to Treat Skin Conditions in Dogs

Food allergy is a skin condition in dogs that is generally caused by the protein source in their food. By switching to a new protein source, you can treat underlying food allergies. A prescription diet is the recommended treatment for food allergies in dogs. Over the counter diets tend to run all their foods over the same machinery, causing contamination of other proteins, therefore causing them to be ineffective for allergy treatment. An online vet can prescribe this specialized food for your pet through an online pharmacy and have it delivered to your house.
(See Note above.)

3. Online Vets Can Treat Skin Infections Secondary to Skin Conditions in Your Dog

Bacterial and fungal infections are common results of chronic allergies in dogs. Your online vet can prescribe antibiotics and anti-fungal treatments if they feel that these types of infections are occurring in your pet. These medications come in multiple forms including orals, topical ointments, and shampoos.
(See Note above.)

It is important to treat the secondary infections to give your dog the most comfort and help the skin to heal completely. Call your online vet to discuss thorough treatment options for your dog’s skin conditions.

4. Online Vets Can Help You Get Treatments For Your Dog’s Skin Conditions Quickly and Hassle Free

When your pet is itching and irritated from skin conditions, you don’t want to wait days or even weeks to get in to see your regular vet. Get the help you need quickly and efficiently from an online vet. Waiting too long can result in worsening skin infections and suffering for your pet. An online vet will be able to see you soon and get the necessary medications ordered for you right after your appointment.
(See Note above.)

Some medications can be called into a regular pharmacy. Pet specific medications will need to be ordered through an online pharmacy. Most pharmacies will deliver your medications to you in 2-3 days. You can choose to have these medications overnighted to you for an additional cost. Your online vet will talk to you about these options and determine which is best for you and your dog.
(See Note above.)

Check out more information on skin allergies in dogs.

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6 Ways an Online Veterinarian Can Help With Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

1. Online Vets Can Assess the Cause of Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

There are many different reasons that pets get vomiting or diarrhea. Common causes include infection with viruses, bacteria, or worms, consuming foreign material, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, and metabolic disease such as liver or kidney disease. Cancer can also cause an upset stomach in dogs, but this is not as common.

No matter what the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, online veterinarians can help determine what started the symptoms. The vet will ask a series of questions that will help with diagnosis. You may be asked to send recent blood work from a vet hospital to rule out potential causes.

2. Your Dog Can Receive Treatment Advice for an Upset Stomach From an Online Vet

Depending upon the cause of the vomiting or diarrhea, your online vet can suggest over the counter treatment or medications to help alleviate the symptoms. Treatments vary, but many pets will be treated with an antacid, anti-nausea medication, dewormer, change of diet, and sometimes an antibiotic.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

Whether your pet is nauseated or having loose stools, you will want to receive treatments that work well. Online vets are able to prescribe most of the same medications as a vet hospital. You can trust your pet’s care with an online vet whenever they are sick.

3. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog’s Upset Stomach Requires Further Testing

Some diseases can result in an upset stomach. Kidney disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, Addison’s disease and cancer are a few examples of diseases that result in chronic upset stomach symptoms.

Your online vet may advise you to have further testing performed to determine the exact cause of your dog’s vomiting and diarrhea. Tests can include blood work, fecals, x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and specialized blood tests. Your dog will need to be seen at a vet hospital in order to run these tests. The veterinarians at TelePAWS are happy to review the results of the tests and advise the next steps.

4. Online Vets Can Determine if Your Dog needs Emergency Treatment for an Upset Stomach

It can be difficult to decide if your dog needs emergency care when they are sick. Lean on the expertise of an online veterinarian for deciding whether or not to take your pet to the ER when they are having an upset stomach. By asking several questions, an online vet can assess the severity of your dog’s illness and determine if a trip to the ER is necessary.

The veterinarian may ask you to check the temperature on your pet and will explain how to get this done. If the temperature is very high, your dog is extremely lethargic, or the vomiting/diarrhea is severe, there is an increased likelihood that the vet will tell you that seeing an emergency veterinarian is best.

5. Online Vets Can Advise Long-term Care and Prognosis for Your Dog’s Upset Stomach

If your dog was previously diagnosed with a chronic illness like Addison’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic kidney disease, or hepatitis, an online vet can discuss long-term care and prognosis for your pet.

Most chronic diseases can be easily treated with medications that are ordered through an online veterinary pharmacy. Your pet can stay comfortable and receive the care they need by leaning on the help of an online vet.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

6. Your Dog Can Receive Quick and High-Quality Care From an Online Vet

If your pet has an upset stomach, you don’t want to wait days to get in with your regular veterinarian. Make an appointment with an online vet at TelePAWS. Your online vet will be able to assess the situation and help you and your pet receive efficient, effective care without the travel, wait times, and stress of having to go into a vet hospital.

Talk to an Online Vet Today! For only $50, you can book an appointment with a vet and get help for your dog’s upset stomach.