Choosing a Vet that's right for your dog

Plenty of people when choosing a vet, don't give it the consideration that it deserves. We're all pretty trusting of professionals, often walking in to arrangements with our eyes shut.

Unfortunately, not every veterinarian has your dog's health as his first priority. So, for your pet's sake, take a few minutes to scan this article which will help you to find a vet that's right for your dog.

Your vet is going to have an important role in your dog's life. There is going to be regular visits from puppyhood right up to to senior citizenship, and the essential element in this 3 way partnership is trust.

The best place to start your search for a vet is locally. Why? Because, in case of an emergency, you do not want to travel miles with a sick pet.

Here are some guidelines for finding a vet.....

  1. Recommendation can get the ball rolling. Definitely talk to other pet owners, especially any that you know who have "problem pets". Listen to pet owner's who have timid pet's, aggressive pets. Pet's that are just plain awkward. How did the vet deal with them--these are gold nuggets.

    Why? Because how a vet will interact with your dog is vital. The vet that is right for your dog will know exactly how to deal with all behaviours--good or bad. Most people with pets are approachable if your new to an area. And always willing to talk about their pets.

  2. Next, ask them if the vet explains what the problems are, and how they are going to be treated. Does he take the time to answer any questions--no matter how trivial?

    Do they believe that the vet is competent? Have any complaints been lodged against the practice? The bottom line is does he really care about the owner and their pet, or about himself and his bank balance?

    Border Collie trying to Find a Vet!

  3. Another good source of information is local obedience trainers, dog shelters and even pet shops.
  4. Now you should have a very short list of potential vets. Three would be exceptional. So now its time to check them out with a visit. Telephone and make an appointment for a routine health check. Go armed with these questions for the reception staff.

    What services do you provide? What about after surgery hours treatment? Emergency treatment? Can you see the same vet on each visit? Payment plans if any?

  5. First impressions are often right. So what's yours? Did they welcome you, and your pet? Were your questions answered as you hoped for? Is the waiting area clean and tidy? What adorns the walls--buy this adverts, or useful pet information regarding a dogs' health, and local animal organisations?

    Are the staff friendly and helpful? Ask a few basic questions about pets in general to see if the staff are knowledgeable? Would you trust them to look after your pet if the occasion arose?

  6. Finally meet the Vet! Virtually no animals like going to the vet's. How the vet deals with this situation, the questions that you are asked, the manner in which their asked, and the replies to your questions--will determine the conclusions that you draw from this visit.
  7. Would you be willing to entrust your dog's future health, and wellbeing in to the hands of this vet? Does it feel right?

Choosing a vet that's right for your dog isn't a decision to be taken lightly. Your pet trusts you to do the best that you can for him. Please don't let him down.

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