When You Bring Home a Pet
When you decide to get a pet, you will be responsible for that animal for the rest of it’s life. You will need to love it, feed it, care for it, clean up after it, groom it, and make sure it stays healthy. But what happens when he or she gets sick? What do you do? Ideally, a vet should be chosen as soon as you get the animal, not when it gets sick.
Decisions to be made
No matter what pet you’ve decided to get, you need to remember that you’re making a decision that will affect your way of life for years to come, and sometimes for decades to come! Do your research. What is the best food for your particular animal? Does it need to be kept in a cage? What kind of cleaning/grooming will be involved? What are you going to do when it gets sick?
Choosing a Veterinarian
Chosing a vet is not something that is automatic. Not all vets are the same. Sure, they’ve all had the same training, but which one is the right one for your pet? This is a decision that should be made at the time you bring your pet home. You will want to get suggestions from friends and family. You will want to interview the vets you’re considering, and bring your pet with you! Do you like the way he or she responds to your pet during the interview? What types of animals do they treat (dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, farm animals)? Just like human doctors, there are vet specialists as well. You’ll need to know this in case you decide to get another/different pet in the future.
Some Helpful Suggestions
- Make sure they are accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association
- If your pet is hospitalized, how often can you call?
- Can you visit?
- Do they have their own lab, or do they deal with an outside lab?
- Do they have their own equipment?
- X-rays, ultra-sound, equipment for dentistry
- Ask if you can take a tour of the hospital
- Make sure you get a good vibe from him or her
- You need to like them just as much as your pet does
You’ll Be Glad You Did
By choosing a vet when you first bring your pet home, you will have already saved the time and stress involved in waiting until the last minute. At the first sign of illness, you’ll know exactly what to do! Trust me, you’ll be so glad you chose a vet before your pet got sick.
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