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Choosing a Good Veterinarian

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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.   

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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 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 I 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. If you live or visit area where ticks are a problem they will need to be on a prevention for ticks. Ask your vet if they see a lot of ticks or Lyme disease, Lyme vaccine may be needed for your area or if your going to areas that ticks are a problem.  Wooded and high grass areas are normally where ticks thrive and can see a spike after rain or storms.

 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. I personally feel and have done much research, that some have possible higher risks of side effects. Please reach out if you would like to learn more about my personal research.

 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 and Carrie has 10 years of expedience working for veterinarians and can help answer many health related questions to guide you in the right direction.

Update 2024 - Many veterinary practices are now corporately owned across the county. Many of the veterinarians that work for these cooperate companies are paid commission along with their salary for selling you product and services.

Veterinary care is more expensive now than ever. We recommend you do your due diligence and ask about any medications, supplements or services being recommended. You as the pet parent have a right and need to be knowledgeable about what is being recommended or given and why, go home and do some research before making a decision. Ask for written estimates before authorizing.

 

Emergency Hospital Veterinary care can cost thousands of dollars for one hospital stay, treatment, diagnostics or emergency surgery.

 

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing pet insurance or start your own sick, injury emergency pet saving. The costs per month can be pretty reasonable.  We are not here to sell you insurance, there are many many companies to choose from, do your homework and pick one that works best for your pets and family.

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