On the Value of Observation

I am biased. I’ve admitted this many times in the store, but in case you’ve never heard me say it, there it is. Almost all of my recommendations come from a natural-first, holistic point of view, at least to the extent my the reach of my experience attains a holistic point of view. From that perspective, things you observe about your animal’s behavior are just as important ‘data’ as hard symptoms. The many hours we’ve spent observing our pets contributes toward a sense of how they behave when they are ‘normal’ (well), and makes it possible to notice when something just isn’t right. This is valuable stuff, information that we all have if we are even mildly observant. Some of this observation, I’m convinced, happens when we aren’t really aware of doing it. We’re informed over time by what our pets look like, act like, sound like, walk like, feel like to the touch; so even if you aren’t trying, you probably already have a good sense of your animal feeling well, and by extension, of your animal when he/she doesn’t seem ‘right’.

The vets I’ve met whom I’ve come to respect the most, whether holistic, conventional, integrative, observe your animal walking into the treatment room, and will continue to watch for a while before making a call on what’s wrong. They’ll also ask you for your observations. It’s all anecdotal, but your information pieces together the context. The more details you can offer, especially tied to time and day if reconstructing events, the better informed your vet will be.

All this is background to what I was going to write about: our trip to the vet yesterday. But I’ve run out of time, so to be continued…

About Kathy Palmer

Loves: animals, her dog Zip, the rocky Maine coast, creative independent small business, good healthy food, spending time getting outside with pals, films set in France.