You Don't Get Help Fast Enough
The last pet care mistake on my list actually happens at home, which is where even the most caring owners can mistakenly remain when their pet has a problem. It's understandable, because signs of illness can be subtle--such as decreased appetite, lethargy, more panting than usual, or general malaise.
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But vets know that it takes a lot for your tail-thumping dog or self-contained cat to show these kinds of symptoms. So don't give your pet too long to improve on his own. A day is generally fine, but you can have a full-blown emergency on your hands if you wait 2 days with no signs of improvement. Bottom line: When in doubt, call for advice immediately--or just grab your pet and head to your vet!