It is always wise to choose a good veterinarian and animal hospital before you actually need their services, whether you are a seasoned pet owner or someone who is considering getting a dog or cat for the first time. If you and your pet already know the vet you have chosen, and feel comfortable with him or her, then it will make the situation a whole lot easier, if and when the time comes that your dog or cat suddenly needs medical attention.
Things to take into consideration when looking for a good veterinarian or animal hospital:
There are five basic steps to take to help you choose a good vet and medical care facility for your cat or dog, and these include:
Step 1 — Review Different Websites
Make a list of the vet services in your area, and have a good look at their websites, which should give you a good idea of their attitude, their staff, as well as their capacity. Get as much information as possible from the site, including their location, rates, and any services they specialize in. It is also important to choose a vet that is accredited by the AAHA, or American Animal Hospital Association.
Step 2 – Referrals from Friends and Family
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find out about any business. Speak to friends and family, pet shelters, boarding kennels, grooming parlors, and of course, other pet owners in your vicinity, about the vet and Animal Hospital in the area that they know and trust.
Step 3 — Ask Around and Find the Best One That Suits Your Needs
Since every facility has their own method of doing things, call each one and speak to someone in authority, to find out how they operate. Find out about the hours they are available, whether they offer overnight care, their billing details, and information about any other services they provide. This will help you to understand how that facility is run, and it will also give you the opportunity to interact with their staff too, which will give you a good idea as to their experience and the kind of service they provide for their clients.
Step 4 — Make an Effort to Meet Each Veterinarian
Once you have a shortlist of the vets and animal hospitals you’re interested in, make an appointment to meet each of the vets, without your pet. Ask each of them what type of training they’ve had, whether they take part in continued education to keep up to date with technology, what their approach is to treat animals, as well as the services provided by their Animal Hospital. They should be more than willing to give you a quick tour to see their facilities and meet their staff, which should give you a good indication as to how they react to you, the animals in their care, as well as other people.
Step 5 — Take Your Pet to Meet the Vet
Once you’ve decided which of the vets will best suit your needs, make another appointment to let your cat or dog meet the vet. This could either be a routine check-up, or a simple “get acquainted” visit. This will give you the opportunity to watch how the vet works with your pet, and how your pet reacts to him or her. Even though it is quite normal for a cat or dog to be a bit wary or nervous when first meeting a stranger, they should be able to get along well enough for the vet to do a routine examination.
Benefits of getting regular proper health and dental care for your pet:
There are several benefits to getting proper health and dental care for your cat or dog on a regular basis. For instance:
- Regular, thorough physical examinations will allow for early detection of potentially serious conditions, which might go unnoticed by you, but will be picked up immediately by your vet. Early diagnosis means early treatment, which usually means a better outcome for your pet.
- Prevention is always better than cure, and your vet can put together a health care plan for the following 6 to 12 months, that could prevent your pet from getting sick with certain diseases.
- Your veterinarian will also see at these regular check-ups if there is tartar build-up on your dog’s teeth, which would cause his gums to become red and painful. Your cat or dog will get the dental care he needs before his mouth becomes too sore, or he starts losing his teeth.
- Although many people feel that behavioral problems in animals don’t warrant a visit to the Animal Hospital, it is your vet who can help you with these problems, should they start to get out of hand.
- Just like humans, dogs and cats also develop problems as they grow older, and it is at the regular visits to your vet that these issues will be diagnosed and treated properly, and allow your pet to enjoy his old age in comfort.
- Regular oral care will stop halitosis in your pet, and also prevent other health issues that could develop from bad dental health.
Healthy home-made treats for your cat and dog:
Making your own home-made treats does not only show how much you love and care for your pet, but they are easy to make and much healthier than those sold in stores too.
Savory Cheese Treats your Cat or Dog will love
- White flour — ¾ Cup
- Grated cheddar cheese — ¾ Cup
- Grated Parmesan cheese — 5 Tablespoons
- Plain yogurt or sour cream — ¼ Cup
- Cornmeal — ¼ Cup
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Combine cheeses and yogurt, and add cornmeal and flour
- Knead into a nice dough, adding a little water if necessary
- Form dough into ball and roll out to ¼ inch thick
- Cut into 1-inch square pieces, place on greased baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes.
This recipe makes 24 delicious treats for your dog or cat.