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     Choosing  A Veterinarian   


Selecting a veterinarain for your pet is a personal choice, as is selecting your family physian or dentist. And, the criteria you use in choosing a physician or dentist is similar. What is very inportant to you ? Location  ? Convenient hours of service ? Olso friendliness and service commitment of doctors and staff ? Fees ?



In selecting a veterinarain, your goals should be to find the doctor that best meets your needs and to establish a long-term relationship. The veterinarian will maintain a history of your pet, including health records that detail immunizations, reactions to medications, behavior traits,etc. So, it's important to see your veterinarian for all your pet's health care needs. Your veterinarian will know the best preventive and critical care toprovide with your pet's individual health care needs in mind.


Wel where to look for a veterinarian

 Ask a friends or animal - owning friends are a good source of information. Ask them what they like about their veterinarian. But remember, their ideal choice may not yours. And if you have a specife breed of a dog, cat, or bird, breed clubs can be a good source of  information. Olso the business pages of a phone book or yellow pages normally provide information on local veterinarians.  

When you have to look for a veterinarian

It is a good idea to start thinking about selecting a veterinarian before a new pet becomes a member of your family. In fact, a veterinarian can assist you in selecting a pet that complements your personality, work schedule and home life. If you've just moved, you will want to locate a veterinarian soon. Don't wait until your pet becomes ill; you want to establish a relationship right away. Your veterinarian can give you with information on special climate concerns for your pet. In addition, since traveling can be a stressful experience for a pet, an early check - up may be in order.


Pay a visit

Schedule a visit to meet the veterinarian who have been recommended and to discuss your pet and your expectations. You may wish to visit several practicec before you make a decision.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting a veterinarian hospital

Office hours What are regular office hours ? ** Are they compatible with your schedule ? ** Who covers the practice when the doctor is unavailable ? ** Is There professional staff ? ** How are the routine telephone calls handled ? ** Can you request an appointment with a specific veterinarian ?  ** Do you feel comfortable talking with the doctor ?


What methods of payment are accepted ? ** Is Immediate payment expected on the day of visit or are credit cards accepted  ? ** What is the range of services that the veterinary hospital provides ? ** How are emergency calls handled during regular office hours after regular office hours ? ** And is the practice clean and orderly ? ** Are there any unpleasant odors ? Are the doctors members of any professional veterinary associations ? Understand the hospital's policies and procedures.

AS the pet owner

You must communicate your pet's health care needs to the veterinarian. Many signs of illness are subtle. Your veterinarian will rely on your awarenness of small changes in your pet's behavior or habits. All veterinarians are special. All pets are special. Take the time to choose the right veterinarian for your special pet.



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