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How to Find the Best Vet for Your Pooch




How to find the best vet for your pooch is about providing the best care for your dog. Dogs have a way of working their way into our heart and becoming more than just an everyday pet. If you have a pet dog then the chances are that they have become a firm member of your family. For this reason alone you are going to want to make sure that they receive the best veterinary care, which involves the best choice of vet. You probably wouldn’t visit a doctor with a bad reputation, and you will want the same for your dog.

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Look Now

The last thing you want to do is leave the choice until the very last second when your dog is injured or badly hurt. If your dog has an accident or becomes very ill, you don’t want this to be the time when you are trying to find the best vet for your pooch. Instead, look for someone now, so that should the worst happen you know exactly where to take your pet.

What Kind of Vet Are You Looking For?

There are different vets that all have their own specialist areas and areas of expertise. You need to think about what you need from a vet and then set about finding someone who matches your checklist. If your dog is a breed prone to hereditary conditions for example then you’re going to want a vet with knowledge in this field.

On-Going Vet Treatments

As much as emergency care and attention is greatly needed, you also want a vet that can help with regular checkups and treatments. For example, you want them to give the best working flea and tick control treatment possible. Therefore, make sure that they are able to offer these services too.

Researching the Best Vet for Your Dog

Once you have found a vet or two that you think matches your needs, do a little research. The internet makes it easy for you to read up on other customers reviews and experiences. You could also phone the vet office with questions and see how helpful they are in answering them.

You want someone on the other end of the phone that is friendly and knowledgeable. Use this phone call to gauge whether you think they are the right fit for you and your dog.

Listen To Your Pet

Once you have found a vet that you would like to use, take your pet along. Most vets will offer check-up types of appointments for new patients. You can use this to see how happy your pet is to go. The chances are that your pet will be a bit nervous so you have to allow for this. That said your vet should be used to this and be able to put your dog at ease. As long as your pooch is reasonably happy in the vet office then this is a good sign.

That said, if at any time you aren’t happy with how your dog is being treated then don’t be afraid to change vets. The chances are there are a number of local vet offices to choose from, so finding someone else to treat your dog should be easy. Just make sure you start the research process in time to help find a suitable vet.

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3 Responses:

  1. June Robinson

    - 22nd Dec, 15 01:12pm

    My husband and I just got a new dog for our kids and we want to make sure we help keep it healthy, so I really appreciate this information. I like the tip you give of looking for a vet or vet clinic for your dog before you are in need of one. That way, you will already be prepared if/when the dog gets sick. We will start looking around this weekend, thanks for sharing this!

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    • WayCoolDogs (author comment)

      - 4th Jan, 16 02:01am

      You are very welcome, June. You and your vet will be best friends during the lifetime of your new pet. Good luck and enjoy your new addition!

      Nancy

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  2. Jen Pack

    - 19th Jan, 16 05:01pm

    My family and I just got a new dog and we are looking for a vet that will work best with him and with us so we really appreciate these tips. I like the idea you give of starting to look as soon as you get a pet and not only when you need one. I imagine that if you wait you might rush the process of picking a vet and you might not find the right one. Thanks for sharing this!

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