As veterinary professionals, vets are often asked for their opinion on the best pets to own. However, they’re not often asked the opposite: which pets and breeds they would never own themselves. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at which breeds and pets vets would never want to own, and why.
- Brachycephalic Breeds
One breed group that many vets would not own are brachycephalic breeds, which include breeds such as bulldogs, pugs, and boxers. These breeds have a flat face, which can cause a number of health problems. Many brachycephalic dogs suffer from breathing difficulties, eye problems, and dental issues. Additionally, these breeds are often prone to obesity, which can exacerbate these health problems.
- Exotic Pets
Another group of pets that many vets would not own are exotic pets. While it can be tempting to own a unique or unusual pet, exotic pets often require specialised care and may be illegal to own in some areas. For example, owning a monkey or a large reptile requires a lot of knowledge and expertise to provide the proper care, and many people do not have the resources or experience to do so.
- High-Maintenance Breeds
Vets may also avoid high-maintenance breeds, such as breeds with long hair or those that require a lot of exercise. While these breeds can be beautiful and loving, they require a lot of work to keep them healthy and happy. Dogs that require frequent grooming or those that need a lot of exercise can be challenging to care for, particularly for those with busy lifestyles.
Small pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits are popular among pet owners, but many vets would not choose to own them. These pets require a lot of care, including regular cage cleaning, feeding, and exercise. Additionally, rodents can be prone to health problems, such as dental issues, which require regular vet care. For many people, the level of care required for these pets is simply too high.
- Certain Breeds of Cats
While many vets own cats, some may choose to avoid certain breeds. For example, cats with long hair can require a lot of grooming, and some breeds are prone to health issues such as heart problems or dental issues. Additionally, cats that are prone to obesity may require a lot of attention to keep them healthy.
In conclusion, there are a number of breeds and pets that vets may choose not to own, due to the potential health issues and the level of care they require. However, it’s important to remember that each pet is unique, and the decision to own a pet is a personal one. Before choosing a pet, it’s important to research the breed and understand the level of care required. Additionally, regular veterinary checkups are essential to keep any pet healthy and happy.