When selecting a veterinarian for your canine
When your dog suffers an illness or accident, you should already know the professional to whom you will take him. Too often, people wait until the last minute before looking for a qualified veterinarian. By the time they take their pets into a vet's office, a health problem will often have gone past the point of treating. You can avoid these heartbreaking circumstances by searching for a veterinarian long before your canine requires treatment.
In this article, we'll describe the preliminary steps that you should take and the questions you should ask when looking for a vet for your pooch. We'll also explain why it's important that you take the time to get to know his or her office staff.First Steps Toward Finding A Vet
One of the most productive ways to start your search is to ask friends and neighbors where they take their own pets. If you're the only person in your neighborhood with a pet (that's unlikely), you can also ask the local animal shelters for recommendations. Chances are, they'll have a list of qualified professionals to whom they trust the canines at their facility.
Another resource you can use is the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). They will be able to suggest a number of local veterinarians who are members. The AAHA can even make recommendations of their members based upon their respective proficiencies in specific areas (for example, surgery). You can also search for a vet online, but it's far better to have a personal recommendation from a trusted source.
Getting To Know The Team
Few veterinarians work alone. Animal hospitals will typically employ a staff, including one or more technicians, employees who prepare pets for the vet, and others. Invest the time to meet everyone in a veterinary hospital. If an employee is too gruff or doesn't seem to care about the animals in the facility, you might want to continue your search elsewhere. Or, if the hospital seems dirty or unhygienic in any way, that might suggest a poor level of care and attention will be given to your canine in the future.
Being A Good Customer
Experienced vets often complain that pet owners wait far too long before bringing their animals to the veterinary hospital. In some cases, a sickness has progressed so far that there is no way to treat it with any lasting effect. Being a good customer translates into being a good caregiver for your canine. Make (and keep) appointments for routine checkups throughout the year. If the veterinarian suggests specific medications or medicines for your dog, act on his or her suggestions.
It's also a good idea to ask your vet to recommend another professional as a backup plan. After all, he or she will not always be available. Plan ahead for emergencies.
Finding a reliable veterinarian for your dog before he needs treatment or medical attention will help to ensure his health. And that means you'll enjoy his companionship longer.