We know just how much you love your pets, dear Pandas. If you’re like us, there isn’t anything in the world that you wouldn’t do for your furry (or scaly, or feathery) friends. We’d go to the ends of the earth if that meant that they’ll be happy and healthy. So when a health emergency comes up, some of us panic and rush to the vet, which is a completely normal reaction.

However, in some cases, what we thought was a major problem turned out to be something completely silly. Twitter user Kristin Chirico started up a fun and serotonin-filled thread about ridiculously funny emergency vet bills, and a ton of pet parents replied with their hilarious stories. Dogs with ‘happy tail syndrome’ are just the tip of the smiley iceberg.

Scroll down to put a smile on your face, dear Readers, and be sure to share this article with your pet-loving pals, too. Oh, and don’t forget to upvote the tweets that you enjoyed the most. When you’re done with this awesome list, consider dropping by the comment section to tell us all about your not-so-serious vet visits and how much you love your pets. (Cute cat and dog pics are always appreciated!) Meanwhile, read on for Bored Panda's interview about pets with the PDSA, the UK’s leading vet charity.

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We_Are_Watching_You
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2 months ago

awwww

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Hooked
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2 months ago

The bit that is lost in this post says that the hamster had a fridge magnet in its cheek that caused him to get stuck to the metal cage. I will go and die of laughter now....

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2 months ago

I lost it at "pyuck hewk"

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Kristin’s Twitter thread went viral and had nearly 11k likes at the time of writing. One thing that it showed us is that, fortunately, not all health emergencies are as bad as they seem. There’s also a subtle hint there that vets have the patience of saints and the sense of humor of stand-up comedians. What would we do without them?

Bored Panda reached out to the PDSA for some advice on how owners can improve their pets’ lives and what mistakes to avoid doing. PDSA Vet Claire Roberts shared her experience with us.

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Cleandro Rozario
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2 months ago

Me too dog, me too

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Aw! Well it was his first cat ever. At least now he knows that she's happy and the noise is nothing to worry about.

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2 months ago

I am.this dog

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“All pets should have a suitable diet for their species and also for their age and constant access to fresh clean water. Pets should be the correct weight—not too fat or too thin! Owners can use body condition scores to check their pets are the correct size,” she said that you can check out how this works for your pet over here.

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

"Happy tail syndrome" is the cutest name for a sore/sprained doggy tail.

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2 months ago

Snoop doggy dooooog!! 🎶

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2 months ago

Factory reset

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According to the vet, pets need to be allowed to behave in ways that are natural to them. That’s where owners come in: they can help by providing a good environment.

“Allowing plenty of exercise will also help, for example, walks for dogs where they can sniff, run and explore. Cats can be encouraged to exercise and show their normal behaviors through interactive play with toy,” she shared.

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kath morgan
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2 months ago

It’s not the cats fault if you overfeed.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Who paid the $600 then? Do not keep us in suspense!

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2 months ago

Look at his wittle faaaaaaaace 😙

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“Rabbits and other smaller animals will also like toys or enrichment like cardboard tubes to chew or hide in. Socialization and training from a young age will be helpful in preventing many behavior issues later in life,” Claire told Bored Panda.

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Jontelle
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2 months ago

Oh, wow. I wonder how the vets know these things. Seems oddly specific 😂

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2 months ago

Ma! I'm taking a leak!

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2 months ago

Smartass.

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The vet noted that when it comes to companionship, a lot depends on what pet you have and their character as an individual, as well.

“Some need the company of their own species (like rabbits or guinea pigs), while others prefer to be on their own.”

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CaptainDinosaur
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2 months ago

Shoulda just waited for him to blow a bubble...

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Aran Lindvail
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2 months ago

Yes! It is really important to play with your cats regularly.

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2 months ago

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“Generally, dogs are likely to want company with other dogs, while cats prefer to be alone, but this can be very individual and it’s best to watch their behavior with each other to see if they get along,” she said.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

What? How?

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2 months ago

We went thru that with our German Shepherd. He hurt his paw when he was a pup, and we gave him so much affection and sympathy that for the rest of his life, every time he got scolded, he'd raise up his paw and look sad. "You can't be mad at me! I has an owie!"

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Kiss Army
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2 months ago

Been there... My cats must always punish me in there own special way whenever I have the absolute audacity of leaving them for any type of trip.

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Claire pointed out that owners have to remember that more pets require more resources. They have to have the means available to take care of all of their furry friends. “When you have multiple pets, make sure to provide them with their own resources such as food bowls, water bowls, beds, and litter trays for cats.”

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lara
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2 months ago

You need a new vet, seriously, you need a much better vet.

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Chaotic-Pansexual (she/they)
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2 months ago

That’s a bit silly! Hope pup is doing better after the pancreatitis but the smooshy face is cute, despite alarming the vets

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Logan Garwacki
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2 months ago

That is very important to know.

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There’s nothing wrong with loving animals. In fact, it's wonderful. However, we all have to understand that love also means responsibility, not just cuddling pets 24/7. Some folks rush into pethood without thinking things through. And that ends up hurting everyone in the long run.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Cats be cranky if you change The Routine, AKA The Sacred Routine, AKA The Worship of Cat As Is Proper. :-)

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Issey
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2 months ago

... congrats?

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2 months ago

*chuckle*

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“One big mistake that pet owners may make is to get their pet without learning what owning them may involve. There is so much to think about to give our companions the best life that we can, so it’s a great idea to plan ahead and do lots of research before getting a pet,” the vet suggested.

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2 months ago

🤦🏻‍♀️

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Chaotic-Pansexual (she/they)
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2 months ago

My dog used to do this a puppy. She’d go outside and then come in with a limp so we’d go over her and check her and when we found nothing wrong, she was suddenly fine again!

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2 months ago

"Love your suit."

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“This can allow you to choose the right type of pet that fits in best with your lifestyle, understand their needs, and to make sure you get your pet from a reputable source. Remember to think about which pets are better for households with children or other pets, their exercise requirements, costs, and any likely health issues,” Claire said, adding that you can find a handy quiz to help identify your perfect pet right over here.

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2 months ago

She looks like the lead singer of a Rock band

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Flash Henry
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2 months ago

Last time I got a new piece of furniture (a cabinet), the Simple Cat did not take it well. If she had to go past it, she'd go Full Puffy and SPRINT past it, then hide and make sure it wasn't chasing her. It took her weeks to stop being afraid of the cabinet.

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

That was a deep sniff indeed!

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2 months ago

Can't blame it. That's a gross smell.

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2 months ago

Good thing you got it checked out

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Ricardo Ferreira
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2 months ago

Look at that smug face!

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Logan Garwacki
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2 months ago

Well at least there was no charge.

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STress
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2 months ago

Better safe than sorry... 🙄

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2 months ago

What's with you guys and nipples?

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2 months ago

$2200?!!

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