Picking The Right Treatment And Vet For Your Pet

  • 16/01/2016
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Did you just go out and get yourself a new pet? Well, you have done something that gives you a whole lot of responsibility. It isn’t like you can leave it to its own devices. You have to think about feeding your new pet, keeping it healthy and safe, and even grooming it right. The best way to do this is to consult with a veterinarian. However, it isn’t that easy to find a good vet to take care of your dog or cat. There are some tips that you can follow if you want to have a better chance of finding the perfect person to care for your new pet.

Communicate

Gather the rest of your family unit and discuss things before proceeding. Each member of the family has the right to specify the qualities they are looking for in the perfect vet. A good idea would be to write up a list of questions to ask the vet before making your choice. Interview multiple doctors to make sure you have a high chance of striking gold. Communicate with breeders, emergency animal hospital staff and pet stores to get recommendations.

Qualifications and experience

Do a thorough investigation into the educational background of each vet. Make sure that they have enough years of experience under their belt. Also check if their clinic provides certification proof from leading medical and veterinary bodies in the area, such as the AAHA. Of course, you can’t base your decision on the lack of recognition from these bodies. Some stellar clinics refuse to take certification, but this doesn’t mean that you will receive bad care from them.

Equipment and service standards

If you are picking a vet who has a hospital or a small clinic, make sure that they have all kinds of updated medical equipment. If you have a dog or cat, laser therapy may be required at a later stage. Check if the clinic has the equipment to perform this in a controlled environment. Checking for a clean, standard operating theatre for the animals is also recommended. Make sure that the vet has access to machines like X-rays, CAT scanners, ultrasound, IV drips and other scanning and monitoring equipment.

All access pass

Make sure that you get a tour of every room in the hospital. A real, good clinic is going to want to show off their facilities and amenities. This means that they will usually be eager to give you a tour of the building and everything in it. There is one way in which you can test their standards: ask to go into the operating rooms when there is an intimate procedure being carried out.

Do they love animals?

This is the biggest question. Make sure that the vet loves their animals. Observe how they interact with their patients. There are many other things you need to look for in a good vet, of course. However, experience, qualifications, certification and equipment are the bare basics of it. After this, you can look for the more minute details of the practice (nitpick, if you would). Remember, with great bow-wow comes great responsibility.

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Comments (2)

Said this on 22/06/2016 At 11:39 am

I just recently adopted a puppy, and I’ve been thinking about which veterinarian I’m going to take her to. I’ve never owned a dog before, though, so I’m happy that I found your tips! I liked how you suggested I ask my friends and family if they know of a good vet that I could go to. I have a good friend who owns several dogs, so I’m sure that she’d be able to give me a great recommendation! I’ll be sure to ask her which vet she takes her dogs to the next time that I see her. Thank you for the advice!

Sarah Smith
Said this on 24/05/2016 At 09:51 pm

I just got a puppy and am trying to find a vet to vaccinate my dog. Thanks for the advice about doing a thorough investigation to make sure that the veterinarian is well qualified. Hopefully, I can find a good vet to treat my puppy. http://www.baystanimalhospital.com/services/wellness-care-for-pets-in-staten-island.php 

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