When to take your dog to a vet, when to bring it home
A new study finds dogs are often brought home with serious infections after being left unattended for hours at a time.
The study, published in the journal Vetmedica, found that dogs with infections can be brought home even when they are kept inside.
“If they get really stressed and sick, the vet will do some testing, look at them, and maybe they need to come in and check out what’s going on with the infection, or maybe they’re not going to respond to the treatment they’ve received,” Dr. Michael Ehrlich, the lead author of the study, told ABC News.
The new findings come after an alarming spike in dog bites in the U.S. last year, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the number of reported dog bites nearly doubled last year to nearly 2,000.
Ehrlich said that while the study did not find that all dogs were suffering from infections, it is encouraging to see that people are taking better care of their pets.
“I think we’re starting to see the change that people want to see.
We have a lot of people now who don’t care what their dog is eating, they’re concerned with what’s in their home, and they want to know, ‘what are my options?'” he said.
“So if you’re looking for a pet that is a good companion and is healthy, and that you want to keep, then there are definitely a lot more dogs than there were a few years ago.”