Discover how pet owners can take better care of their pets, especially when professional veterinary health care is not immediately available.
By Mark D. Harris
People across the world are growing more and more lonely. We have fewer children and other family members. We have lost confidence in everyone and everything. Hungry for companionship and trust, more of us own (or “parent”) pets, and our pets become more important in our lives. First responders and emergency management personnel know that pet owners will sometimes risk their own lives to save their pets, and such owners are spending more money on their pets than ever before.
But what do you do when your pet gets sick or injured? Too often professional animal health care is not available. America has a severe shortage of veterinarians. Europe needs more veterinarians as well. Veterinarians care for our pets, but also farm animals, zoo animals, and wild animals. They ensure our food safety and perform research into zoonotic and other conditions. Veterinary technologists and technicians are integral parts of the system at all levels, and their numbers are also limited.