Guest post by Steven May
On Friday, October, 18 Steven May began his guest post on How to Choose A Veterinarian and gave us the 5 Do's for choosing a veterinarian. Today he offers his advice on the Don'ts. Because we love our pets like family it only makes sense that we would expend time and effort to make certain the care they receive is of the highest quality.
Here are five Don’ts:
- A Veterinarian Is Not A Dry Cleaner: So you move to a new town and need to find a new veterinarian. You go online, find the one nearest to you and that’s it. Now it’s time to move on to finding the closest dry cleaner. The difference is that if a shirt is damaged you can replace the shirt. If your pet is harmed it’s not so easy to replace. While all accredited Doctors of Veterinary Medicine go through a rigorous education process not all are created equal. Just like you wouldn’t choose “Quick & Easy Surgery” out of the phonebook because it’s located around the corner you also shouldn’t base your decision solely on proximity to your home.
Summary: The great Will Rogers once said, “The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. They can't ask patients what is the matter – they’ve got to just know.” And good veterinarians learn to “know” following many years of rigorous education, internships and, again, more learning. Committed, skilled DVM’s never stop learning and with the incredible technologies that are now available to the animal care industry they are constantly on the cutting edge of sophisticated testing and treatment options.
But veterinarians aren’t cut out of a cookie sheet and each will bring their own specific personalities, experiences and skills to their work. As responsible pet owners we take care to make sure our pets are receiving the right kind of nutritious diet, exercise and attention they need to stay healthy and happy. And it should be no different when we are choosing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
By taking such things in to consideration as proximity, professionalism, office organization and cleanliness, staff helpfulness, personal recommendations and our own judgment in to someone’s character, we will be better prepared to make the right decision in choosing a veterinarian and giving our pets the best chance for a long, happy and healthy life.
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