So, I have decided to give you a few pointers about how to choose a vet.
- A vet needs to be a grown up who is well housetrained. I am not talking about accidents in the house (chuckle). I mean that a good vet must respect you as an equal and understand that you are the one who is making the final decisions.
- A vet is not your parent nor your teacher or a boss. He or she should not make you feel guilty about making a different decision that what he suggests.
- A vet is there for your dog, to offer you choices and explain what the best options are but should be detached from your final decision.
- A vet must be a good listener who understands that your dog is your family member, your bestest of the bestest of the bestest friend, right?!!
- When a vet is at work, he or she must be focused on your dog, not worrying about his mortgage, divorce settlement or sending his children to college.
- A vet should be comfortable to refer you to others when needed and be ok with you asking for a second opinion.
The are three kinds of vets out there.
- The ones who do more than necessary because they mistake a veterinary practice with a car dealership.
- The ones who do less then is needed - because they are either sloppy or do not want to upset you with a higher vet bill.
- Vets who focus on your bestest friends well being and suggest exactly what they would do for their own dog.
To be fair, most people may not know that for every $100 the vet charges - he or she takes home an average of about $25 dollars. Dad sometimes jokes that most vets have to work very hard to have the same wage as a tradesman….
If you want to prepare for your next vet visit, here is what you can do to make things clear from the very beginning..
- Let your vet know that you would like to know all the diagnostic and treatment options, and to tell you about the pro’s and con’s and then you can make your own decision.
- Ask him what he would do for his dog if he was in the same situation and observe your vets reaction. If he is looking straight in your eyes while answering and is clear and quick with the answer - he is most likely being honest.
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Never leave your dog in the hospital without supervision…!There is one very, very important question you must ask your vet if your dog is supposed to be hospitalized. We dogs are social beings and get very upset about being left behind in a veterinary clinic especially when we are sick. Some vets still hospitalize us without supervision at night and we dog’s hate that.
We dogs would rather be taken to a 24 hour facility or back home if possible and be brought to the clinic again in the morning for further treatment than taking chances that there would be no one around if we are in distress.
That is all for today! I hope this will help you to make sure that you have the best vet for your bestest friend.