A veterinary hospital is not just a care facility that is only to be used in the case of an emergency. If this all you use it for you will never have the opportunity to make a friend of your vet. Humans arrange to see their doctors when there is nothing wrong with them; they go for routine checkups at least once a year. It is equally important that your pet has a check-up as well. Make an appointment, take your pet to the veterinary hospital for a routine exam and use this golden opportunity to get to know your vet.
Don’t wait until an emergency situation arises to find a vet. If you are considering bringing a pet into your home get to know the location of the veterinary hospital in your area. It is a good idea to get a pre-purchase exam of the animal you are thinking of purchasing, in this way you will know its condition before you fall in love with the little creature.
Don’t ever lose sight of the fact that animals cannot talk, they really have no way to communicate the fact that they may have a problem. If a family member notices that the pet appears to have a problem but another person takes the animal to the vet, there is a distinct possibility that there will be miscommunication. The vet needs to know what was observed, communicating the signs is best done by the person who made the observation.
It would be rare if two or more serious and yet unrelated health issues were to happen at the same time. When you take your pet to the veterinary hospital and you have a long list of things that concern you, this is an indication that you are not seeing the vet often enough. Pets are no different than humans and vets are no different than human doctors; for the vet to make an accurate diagnosis of the pet’s problem he or she must focus on the problem, waiting until your pet has a number of unrelated problems at the same time only makes it more difficult for the vet.
Veterinary hospitals exist to look after your pets, when they are sick as well as when all they need is a routine check-up. Treat every visit to the vet as part of the learning curve that makes you a more responsible pet owner.
It is important for all responsible pet owners to ensure their pets are happy and healthy. All Creatures Hospital is a well respected and trusted veterinary hospital serving pet owners in the North County Coastal Area. You can also connect with them on Facebook.