How to Choose the Best Vet
- 5 TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT…
- Solicit Recommendations.
- Schedule Office Visit At Local Area Veterinary Hospitals Or Clinics.
- Check Credentials.
- Prepare A List Of Questions For The Vet And Staff.
- Check Office Hours, Specialties and Emergency Availability.
IN CASE OF A EMERGENCY
TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR PET(S)
- Make sure that your pet wears a well-fitting collar with an ID tag that has up-to-date contact information.
- Train your dog! A well-trained, obedient dog is safer, more responsive and happier.Always keep your pet(s) on a leash when outside the house or yard.
- In order to make traveling with your pet more manageable, be sure that your pet(s) is comfortable in a crate or carrier, even if you don’t use one on a regular basis.
- Know basic pet first aid such as how to stop bleeding and treat lacerations. Always approach a sick, injured or scared animal slowly and cautiously. Even your own pet can be aggressive when in pain or frightened. More pet first aid info at Red Cross.org.
- Purchase or assemble a basic pet first aid kit that includes gauze pads, gauze roll/ bandages, thermometer, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, instant cold pack and rags or rubber tubing for a tourniquet.
- Make sure that you have a pet emergency supply kit that includes an ample supply of food and water, blankets, a spare leash and collar, food bowls, garbage bags and any needed medication and a recent photo of your pet. See full pet emergency supply kit checklist.
- Remain as calm as possible during stressful or emergency situations – your pet is easily influenced by your behavior and will mirror your stress or panic.
- Be aware of the dangers of common household items – from poisons and pesticides to chocolate and certain houseplants – and keep them away from your pet(s).
- Be aware that extreme temperatures have drastic effects on pets.
- Heat exhaustion is often caused by leaving pets in parked cars or over-exercising pets during hot weather.
- To cool off an overheated pet, offer plenty of water, wet his or her body and paws with cool water…
- WHO…Chose Your Vet And Reason?
- WHAT…What Are The Specialties Provided By Your Vet?
- WHEN…Should Heart Worm Medicine Be Given?
- WHERE…In An Emergency Or Stressful Situation Handle Your Pet?
- WHY…Are Yearly Vaccinations Important?
- HOW…Often Do You Visit Your Vet?