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Choosing The Right Veterinarian For Your Pet

May 1, 2008
We know that your family pet is a part of your family. You want to make sure that they have the best of everything, the best home, the best food, the best toys, and the best possible health care. We know that choosing the right vet is a daunting task. You want to make sure that not only will the vet give your pet the best possible treatment but he/she will also do it because they care and not just because it is their job.

There are some vital points that you will need to look for when you're looking for a veterinarian that will be your pet's health partner for years to come. Here are what we consider to be the most important:

Experience

We can assure you that all licensed veterinarians have a great deal of experience treating family pets. Not only have they gone through years of schooling and hands on training while earning their doctorate, they were also required to spend several hours interning with other veterinarians. When you are choosing a veterinarian for your pet, you will want to make sure that the veterinarian understands your breed of pets breed traits. If you have an exotic pet, like a snake or lizard, make sure the veterinarian has a working knowledge of the species.

Chemistry

The most important thing to consider when choosing a veterinarian for your pet is to look for a veterinarian your pet likes. Most pet owners know how difficult it is to get your pet to relax for their shots and checkups when they are afraid of the vet. It is important to remember that not all pets react to a person in the same way, animals and people have chemistry.

Secondly it is also important that the vet is someone that you like and trust. Your pet will naturally come first but if you do not trust the vet they chances are that you will not follow the advice that you're given and that will result in your pet not receiving the optimal treatment or gaining the optimal health state.

Prepare for Emergencies

When you are choosing a veterinarian for your family pet make sure you have a contingency plan in place for emergencies. None of us likes to think about our family pet getting hurt or sick in the middle of the night but it can happen. Make sure you know the number of your nearest animal hospital.

Location

One of the things that most people use to find a veterinarian is location. Your pet veterinarian should be located somewhere that you can get your pet to them quickly if there is an emergency. Twenty miles can be the difference between life and death if you pet is sick or injured.

It is not unusual to find that more than one veterinarian works at a veterinarian clinic and pet hospital. Having more than one veterinarian can make it difficult to establish a personal relationship with a veterinarian. On the other hand, having several veterinarians available in one location means that you will have an easier time scheduling an appointment for your pet and more vets will be able to put their heads together if your pet develops a complicated illness.
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