Posted September 13, 2018 12:23:56The pet clinic is one of the most popular places in the country, but some say it is causing harm.
The Australian Veterinary Medical Association says it has seen an increase in cases of pet allergies and has seen the number of people returning to the pet clinics increase.
“We do believe that the pet community is going through an era of stress and anxiety where people are more reluctant to come to clinics and have their pets,” said veterinarian Dr Andrew Nappas.
“Pet allergies are very common, people are having more allergies and the fear of pet exposure to people, dogs and pets is increasing.”
In the past two years, the AVMA has seen more than 500 complaints from patients about the pet service, and there have been more than 70 pet allergy cases reported to its vet clinic in 2017.
Dr Nappachas says the pet health industry is now in a vulnerable position.
“There’s so many people who are suffering from pet allergies, and people who have allergies to a number of different things,” he said.
“People are getting increasingly concerned about the possibility of a possible allergy reaction and getting the message that they need to get tested for allergies.”
The AVMA is encouraging pet owners to consider pet clinics if they are considering the idea of a veterinary appointment.
“In some circumstances, pet clinics might be more suited to a family than an individual who has a serious medical condition,” Dr Nappacheas said.
Dr Chris Taylor is a pet health specialist with the Veterinary Medical Board of Victoria.
“I’ve worked with patients for over 20 years, I have seen first-hand how pet clinics can be a very, very stressful experience,” he told ABC Radio Victoria.
Dr Taylor said patients were reluctant to take their pets to veterinary clinics because of concerns for their health and pets.
“Some of the patients will get a referral from a vet to a pet clinic and that’s when you see some really serious reactions, serious respiratory problems, cardiac problems, even kidney and liver problems,” he explained.
“Sometimes it can be very distressing for people.”
Dr Taylor recommends that pet owners have their pet tested and if it is found to be allergic, the patient should go to a clinic.
“The best thing is to get a veterinary health professional to come in and check your pet and to make sure it is not an issue,” he advised.
“It is a bit of a risk but the better the pet, the better you are protected.”