Animal safety tips from TikTok!

A vet based in Texas has taken to TikTok to share his professional insight into how pet owners can best care for their fluffy companions. 

In this article, we share our favourite tips from Dr Hunter Finn and question whether the popular video streaming platform could offer further opportunities for the veterinary industry.

Avoid lilies 

Don’t leave your cats unattended with lilies, warns Dr Hunter – it can cause harm to their kidneys and general digestive system. 

Dog parks can be a hazard 

Does your dog enjoy a trip to the dog park? Dr Finn advises that it may not be the best idea, unless you want your fluffy friend to come home ridden with diseases. The chances of your dog getting bitten are also elevated in that kind of environment, he adds. 

Check your cat for signs of dehydration 

Everyone knows it’s important to stay hydrated, but how much do we monitor our pet’s drinking habits? The TikTok vet highlights the following symptoms as cause for concern: 

  • Tacky gums
  • Skin tenting 
  • Very concentrated urine 

Additional tip from Choice Vets: if you think your cat could be dehydrated, try moving their water bowl near a sink in the house so they can see the water coming out the tap. It might sound odd – but cats are biologically programmed to see stagnant water as contaminated and so are more likely to drink flowing water. 

How often should you visit your vet? 

Dr Finn says you should visit your vet when: 

  • You first get your pet 
  • When they are unwell 
  • At least once a year for a routine check up 

How could your practice use TikTok? 

As you can see from Dr Hunter Finn’s success, TikTok is a fantastic platform for veterinary professionals to share their wisdom with pet owners. In fact, recent research found that TikTok has surpassed Google as the go-to search engine amongst Gen Z internet users. 

So why not have a bit of fun and get your team to make some TikTok content that your clients can refer back to when they need some advice? Not only is it a great way to engage with your clients, but also an innovative approach to promoting animal welfare and your practice!

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