Your Vet

Even if you don't go often, your vet will be a valuable resource for the health of your dog.  Every dog will need veterinarian care at some point in their life, even if it's only for puppy vaccinations or neutering.

They are the only way you can get a rabies vaccine for your dog, as it needs to be verified and recorded, as well as have a tag issued in most jurisdictions, which only your vet can do.

Sometimes, a clinic will have several vets in the same building, some of whom will specialize in certain things, such as reproductive health. 

If you don't require or need this type of specialized knowledge, choose the veterinarian who you 'hit it off' with.  They will be the one who you feel comfortable with, and can ask questions of and not feel stupid.  They will answer you in a non-patronizing manner, and give you confidence.

Choose your vet with these points in mind;

  • Do they have the same values as you do?  For example, do they follow positive reinforcement training and behavior modification?
  • Do they offer alternative methods of treatment, such as cold laser treatment for wounds, or accupuncture?
  • Are they available for home visits, or emergency care after hours?
  • Are they close by, so you don't have to drive for hours for a ten minute visit?
  • Do they require office visits for simple prescription refills?
  • And most importantly, are they accepting new patients at their clinic?

Whoever you choose to be your vet, treat them with respect for the huge responsibility they bear. 

They are the line between a healthy, happy dog, and one who struggles with health issues.  You can rely on your vet for sage advice from the type of food to use for a dog with gastrointestinal problems to what is the best age to have your puppy spayed.

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