Choosing a Good Veterinarian
1) This will be an important decision, you will want a veterinarian with office hours that works well with your schedule. If you work, do they offer evening or Saturday hours.
2) Do they offer emergency services? If not make sure your aware of and have the name, phone number and address of the nearest emergency hospital if ever needed.
3) Make sure your veterinarian is willing to listen and take into consideration your feelings in regards to your puppy/dog preventative treatment and over all care.
If they seemed to be rushed to get to their next appointment, you may want to look for a different vet.
4) Get references from family, friends and neighbors. Ask about their experiences, inter-actions and pro's n con's with the doctor and staff. Take reviews into consideration like Google and Facebook.
5) Make your first appointment is a "meet and greet" appointment or a wellness exam.
Ask what vaccinations will your puppy receive and when, at what age do they recommend spaying or neutering. Ask about preventative care for examples - Heart worm prevention, Parasite prevention, Flea and Tick prevention,
is your puppy/dog is in proper body weight. If your not 100% happy with that visit and upcoming care plan, please continue your search for a great Veterinarian.
6) Ask your veterinarian if they routinely test vaccine titers rather than re-booster if not necessary? We now know that not all vaccines need re-booster annually and that we see more auto immune related diseases than ever.
Note - There are multiple elective monthly flea prevention's that we strongly would not recommend though your veterinarian may. For example Nexguard, Trifexus, ComboGuard or any other similar flea and tick prevention. These are systemic (effects the entire body including organs) monthly preventatives that have caused a lot of concerns by many pet owners due to the possible side effects up to and including death. These are all elective medications.
We have used Frontline Plus when needed for fleas or ticks for 15 plus years with thankfully no problems. This is a sub-dermal product (just stays in the skin layer) and is not systemic (blood stream and organs).
All flea and tick medications are designed to be toxic to fleas and ticks. We personally feel and have done much research, that some have possible higher risks of side effects.
If you ever have any questions about your pets care please feel free to ask us, we would be happy to assist.
Robin has 13 years of expedience working for veterinarians and can help answer many health related questions to guide you in the right direction.