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:
- 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!