Take The Stress Out Of Going To The Vet
Pets are a much loved and valued member of our family, so just as you would find a reputable doctor for your own wellbeing, you should apply the same principle to finding a vet for your pet!
Choosing A Vet For Your Pet
- Your vet will play an important role in your pet’s life, so you should start to establish a relationship as early as possible. Consider the following in your search:
- Always look for a local vet – in an emergency you do not want to travel very far.
- Seek recommendations from other pet owners, go online and look at local pet forums that may be talking about their local vets.
- If you’re new to the area, call the local kennels or grooming parlours and ask them for their advice.
- Look for vets who are registered with the Australian Veterinary Association or the New Zealand Veterinary Association and abide by a professional code of conduct.
- Once you have a shortlist go online and see if they have a website or check user reviews.
Visiting Your Vet
Once you have decided upon the best vet for your pet, organise a routine check-up and visit the practice. It’s good to find out the following while you are there:
- Type of services provided
- After surgery hours
- Emergency services treatment
- Can your pet see the same vet every visit?
- Is the option of a payment plan available?
The best question to ask yourself is: Do you think that this vet practice can service the needs of your pet? If so, then you should consider visiting again soon for the following.
To protect against the most common and most serious diseases.
By law, all puppies must be microchipped, and their microchip number registered with the local or regional council by three months of age. When you register this number on the Australasian Animal Register or New Zealand Companion Animal Register, a vet or RSPCA/SPCA worker finding your pet will have access to your contact details.
There are many reasons why you should de-sex your pet, from health to behavioural.
Your goal should be to help your pet get acquainted with the process and the vet clinic environment.
Some Quick Tips
- Try visiting the veterinary hospital with your pet once or twice before the big visit to get them accustomed to travelling in a car and the reception area of the practice.
- Take treats and give them to your pet at appropriate times, especially for calm behaviour.
- Make it a fun experience. Use a gradual approach if your pet is already fearful and won’t accept treats. For example, play with your pet in a safe area in the car park or front lawn of the practice. Over a period of a few visits, gradually progress to standing in the reception area and visiting with the staff.
- Attempt to get your pet acquainted with a single staff member so she or he has a friend. Pets get along with some individuals better than others.