Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Choosing the Right Veterinarian for your Dog

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe…Choosing Your Dog's Veterinarian

by Erin Kidder SADL Blogger

veterinarian to go to. The task of finding great veterinarians can be daunting, especially for new dog owners and especially considering the number of veterinarians in San Antonio. The simple answer I give is to find one close to home that you are comfortable with; however, there are many considerations to ponder before deciding where to take your furry pal for quality care.

Here is a good starting point and some helpful questions to ask:

Humans don’t draw names out of a hat to select a doctor. We don’t flip a coin. We don’t play, eeny, meeny, miny, moe to decide. When it comes to our own health, we ask our family and friends who they go to and rely on their recommendations. We do Internet searches to find out what a doctor’s reputation is and research whether they are board certified. So, why should we do anything less for our furry family members who rely solely on us to make the best decisions for their health and well-being? I suppose it is because I have five dogs that people come to me asking what
  • Is the veterinarian clinic clean, comfortable, and organized?
  • Are appointments required?
  • Is the staff caring, calm, courteous, and competent?
  • Do the veterinarians specialize in areas like geriatrics or behavior?
  • Can X-rays, ultrasounds, blood work, and other diagnostics be performed in house
  • or referred to a specialist?
  • Are emergency services available?
  • Do the fees fit your budget?

It is also important to be a good client. While most San Antonio veterinarians send out reminders for annual check-ups, as pet owners, we need to stay on top of our dog’s care and schedule regular appointment for vaccinations, wellness exams, and other preventative care. Talk to your veterinarian about setting up a schedule. Also, learn what is normal for your dog so you can recognize the first signs of any illness. I used to conduct humane education sessions with school kids and I always made it a point to remind them that dogs can get belly aches, broken arms, allergies, and a whole array of ailments that humans can suffer. The difference is, they can’t tell us, Hey! I don’t feel good today. Maybe I should go to the doctor. As much as I like to believe that my furry family members speak to me and that I understand them completely, I know that I simply have to pay attention to their patterns of behavior.

Good luck in your search for a good veterinarian! There are plenty out there and once you find one for your dogs, my wish for you is that it is a long lasting relationship like the one we have with our veterinarian!

(Sources:  HumaneSociety.org)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mobile Vets in San Antonio

When it comes to our four-legged loved ones, choosing a veterinarian can be hard.  If you go with a traditional veterinarian, then their are restrictions on hours they are open.  What happens if your pet needs immediate attention?  Emergency vets are available but they can often cost an arm and a leg.  Mobile vets are a great option to build a lasting relationship with a veterinarian.

CLICK HERE for mobile veterinarians in San Antonio

What to look for in your mobile veterinarian?
  • Is their truck/bus clean, comfortable, and well-organized?
  • Are appointments required?
  • How often are they available?
  • What are their hours?  Will they come to you in the middle of the night?
  • Are there technicians or other professional staff members?
  • Is the mobile vet staff caring, calm, competent and courteous, and do they communicate effectively?
  • Are X-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, EKG, endoscopy and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?  Costs can escalate if specialists become involved.
  • Which emergency services are available?
  • How far will they drive?  Some mobile vets have a limited radius.
  • Do fees fit your budget, and are discounts for senior citizens or multi-pet households available?  

Did you know that you can get big discounts from San Antonio Dog Life listed mobile vets!  Here's a tip:  Mention SADL to Joshua Creek Mobile Veterinary Services and get 10% off.  ;-)