Your vet is going to be your partner in ensuring that your dog lives a long and healthy life, so it’s important that you find one that’s right for you and your pooch. The July 2011 issue of Good Dog Magazine shares a few tips to help you out.
1. RESEARCH, REASEARCH, RESEARCH.
One of the easiest ways to locate and select a good veterinarian is by getting referrals from family and friends, or even the breeder where you got your dog. Ask them if they are happy with the service and attention their pets are receiving from the vet, the costs for checkups and treatments, and if they’re comfortable with the vet’s attitude and personality.
2. CHECK OUT THE CLINIC AND THE FACILITIES.
After researching, it’s time to check out the place. When you go to a clinic or hospital, you expect it to have excellent facilities; you should expect the same from your vet’s clinic.
3. CONSIDER THE COSTS.
How much veterinary services and medicines cost is probably one of the factors that you’re considering in your search for the right vet. Ask clinics how much their shots, consultations, medications, and surgeries (that they may be called on to perform) cost.
To read the full article and get more useful information about doggie care, grab a copy of Good Dog's July 2011 issue, which comes bundled with Good Housekeeping, out on stands now!
Also in this issue:
• What's Up, Dog?: Decoding Your Dog's Body Language
• Get to Know the Golden Retriever
• Paging Dr. Dog: You Ask, We Answer!
(Photo by joefutrelle via Flickr Creative Commons)
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