The 10 Most Valuable Pet Tips We Learned From Viral TikTok Vet, Dr. Hunter Finn

If you're a cat or dog owner looking for tips to take care of your pet, you have to be following TikTok creator and veterinarian Dr. Hunter Finn.

There's a good reason Dr. Finn has nearly two million followers on the app. The vet, based out of Arlington, Texas, dispenses incredible pet knowledge through TikTok dance videos and memes, with a comedic touch—and his fans find that his good looks are an added bonus. To get a taste of what he's all about, keep scrolling for the 10 most valuable pet tips we learned from his channel.

1. Drinking More Water Doesn't Just Mean Your Pet Is Thirsty

Has your pet been drinking way more water than usual? This humorous video explains they're probably not just feeling extra thirsty. Consuming lots of water can be a symptom of anything from diabetes to an adrenal gland condition called Cushing's disease to a urinary tract infection, so get them checked out by a vet.

@dr.hunterfinn♬ TAG ME e.mxvii – em


2. What's the Deal With Dogs Licking Their Paws?

Dr. Finn actually has a couple of videos on this subject. If your dog is endlessly licking their paws, it's probably an allergy issue. A vet can help you find out more, but you can treat allergies through immunotherapy, with omega 3's and antihistamines, plus medications like Apoquel and Cytopoint.

@dr.hunterfinn##drfinn ##veterinarian ##allergies ##dogsoftiktok♬ original sound – Hunter Finn

@dr.hunterfinn##drfinn ##learning ##vetsoftiktok ##allergies♬ Hello Baby feat. Fivio Foreign – Young M.A & Fivio Foreign


3. Keeping a Healthy Pet

What are the best ways to keep your pet happy and healthy? Dr. Finn says it all starts with brushing their teeth and getting them plenty of exercise every day, plus taking them in for their annual vet checks. It's as easy as that!

@dr.hunterfinn##veterinarian ##pettips ##shedding♬ Chris Brown – Take You Down (Remix) – | J E S S |


4. Why Dogs Bark

If you're wondering why dogs bark, you're not going to find any single reason unless you dig a little deeper. According to this video, barking can mean anything from a friendly and excited greeting to a warning because they're scared, a sign of anxiety or pain, or simply because they're bored. He goes on to explain it's not helpful to shout at your dog to stop the behavior. Instead, you need to get to the source to find out why.

@dr.hunterfinn##veterinarian ##bark ##PetStory♬ Wet (She Got That…) [Slowed & Reverbed] – YFN Lucci


5. Signs Your Pet Might Be Diabetic

Have you noticed certain behavioral changes in your pet? Dr. Finn explains in this video that everything from drinking more water and peeing more to weight loss while eating more can be signs of pet diabetes.

@dr.hunterfinnIf you notice any of these you should always check with your vet. ##veterinarian ##vettech ##diabetes♬ Hott Headzz Boss – ???????? Emann ????????


6. Dealing With Fireworks

The 4th of July has come and gone, but it's never too late to learn how to help your dogs deal with the stress of fireworks. Dr. Finn suggests keeping them inside, and making sure the collar they're wearing is updated with your address and phone number, in case they get stressed and run away. From there, create a safe space for them with familiar scents and toys, and things to keep them distracted. Lastly, you may want to talk to your vet about getting anxiety medication prescribed, and then use it as specified.

@dr.hunterfinnKeep your fur babies safe this holiday♬ 2 birds – mike.


7. The Pros and Cons of Spaying Your Pet

We all know you should get your pets spayed, but in this video, Dr. Finn actually goes over the pros and cons of the process. In terms of downsides, he notes that it costs money, that there are always surgical risks and that if done too young, it can affect their growth. However, the upsides are that it reduces the risks of mammary cancer, prevents pyometra infections and reduces the shelter populations.

@dr.hunterfinnOk but this song is actually clean if you like nothing else about this video @nathanlust♬ Pump It x Rodeo – DJ TVMPO


8. The Consequences of Pet Obesity

Don't think it's a big deal that your pet is overweight? Think again. This video reveals the negative consequences, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and respiratory disease. Keeping your pets at their target weights can keep them healthy and allow them to lead longer, healthier lives.

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9. Why Dogs Pant

Like barking, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to panting dogs—but unless they're panting because they've just been exercising vigorously, it's usually not a great sign. When not caused by being tired, dogs pant when they're in pain, when they're suffering from an endocrine disease, or experiencing fever, anxiety or fear. If you can't deduce the cause of the symptom, it may be wise to take them in for a vet visit.

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10. 'The Internet Can't Replace Your Vet'

We love this video because of the way it dispels some ridiculous myths about dogs, including the idea that dogs only eat grass when they're sick, that dogs can only see in black and white and that dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans' mouths. Not everything you hear on the internet is true, so rely on the experts instead.

@dr.hunterfinn##drfinn ##veterinarian ##dogs ##learning ##viral♬ Omg so much people used my sound – ????Layla Weasley????


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