Questions About Choosing
Dear Scarlet..How important is it to choose the right veterinarian for me and my pup?
It is very important to choose the right
veterinarian. You should choose a vet that you are comfortable with and able to easily ask questions. Author Margaret Bonham says it best, " your dog can't tell you how he feels or what's wrong, so good communication between you and your vet is essential."
What criteria should I use?
Here are some of the criteria you should consider:
- References. What vets do your dog-owning friends and neighbors recommend? Why? Ask your friend's about their vet's strengths and weaknesses. Also ask your trainer and breeder who they recommend and why.
- Visit several veterinarians, interview the staff, and review the friendliness and helpfulness of the office and the vet. Is the office staff cranky and rude? Does the vet have a gentle and caring manner?
- Communication ability of the vet. Is your vet able to answer your questions in a clear and polite manner. Does the vet give clear instructions?
- Cost. What is the cost for vaccinations, and office visits? Do they offer a multipet discount? Are the prices in line with other vets that you are considering?
- Breed familarity. Is your vet familiar with health conditions common to your breed.?
- Office cleanliness.Is the vet's office clean and sanitary?
- Office location. Is it convenient?
- Hours and services. Are the hours convenient? Do they offer after hour or emergency services? Is there a vet on call that has a pager should an emergency arise.
On Sunday August 21st, Angelica gave birth to 2 beautiful pups. See pictures on Facebook soon.