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While most veterinarians have chosen to be in this business because they love pets, this isn’t the only thing you need to consider when choosing who to take your best friend to. There are a few other things that are equally as important since you want the best doctor for your fur baby.
Know What You Need
There are bound to be some things that you consider important. These can include:
- Specializations – typically only necessary when breeding or having a pet who has a specific health condition
- Writing prescriptions for you to buy your heartworm medication online – something some vets won’t do even though it’ll typically cost you twice as much to buy your medication from them
- Someone who handles their own emergencies – While rare, some still offer evening and weekend appointments
Start by Asking Other pet Owners
Word of mouth really is the best way to find a great veterinarian. Talk to other pet owners about who they take their pets to and what they think of these clinics. Make sure that they’re satisfied and not searching for somewhere new themselves. You’ll also want to know how the veterinarian treats their pet while in their care.
Check Them out for Yourself
Once you have a list, call their office and speak with their receptionist. You can then narrow your choices down so that you only have a few to go speak to in person. Now is the time when you’ll want to discuss several things with them before making an appointment for your pet to be seen there. These things include:
- Billing: Since veterinary care can be quite expensive, you’ll need to know what their payment policy is and whether you must pay for everything up front. Being able to make payments without worrying that they’ll turn your dog away at a time when they’re in need will give you peace of mind when that time comes.
- Office hours: Make sure you know what times and days they hold office hours. This is important because you need the veterinarian to fit your schedule. If they’re closed on Saturday or only open half a day then and aren’t open late throughout the week, then they may not be right for you even if they’re the best clinic in the greatest location.
- Accreditation: Whomever you choose to take your pet to should be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This is something that the AVMA themselves maintain a listing of. Make sure you take some time to check this out so that you know that your pet will be getting the top notch care they deserve.
Now that you know what to look for in a veterinarian, you may feel like it’s difficult to find someone who would fit your needs well. Fortunately, this isn’t true at all. The Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care Center has provided many pet owners with great peace of mind over the years. Contact them so they can do this for you as well.
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Traveling with pets make things like temperature control and insulation important considerations. This is especially true if your trip will last for a few weeks or longer. While dogs are the top choice for travel companions, some people are now choosing to have their cat, bird, snake, and even lizard travel with them. While it’s a good idea to avoid extended travel with any animal, some people are even living in an RV with them today.
What to do Before Traveling with Your Pet
Regardless of what type of pet you have, there are certain things you should do before you hit the road. Some of the most important things that you should never overlook include:
- Carry an international statement of health for your pet which includes their up-to-date rabies vaccination. When you’re crossing the border in either Mexico or Canada, you’ll need a U.S. Fish and Wildlife permit for your pet. These last for three years.
- Make sure you have fleas and ticks under control.
- Obtain both an ID tag and a microchip for your pet.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your RV.
- You should familiarize yourself with any breed restrictions that the campgrounds you plan to visit have in place. Some of these campgrounds will also require certificates of veterinary inspection.
- Just like you would never leave your pet in a car by themselves, you should never leave them in an RV unattended either. If you must leave them alone in your RV, make sure you have an automated climate control system in place.
Special Tips for Special Animals
Some of the best tips for traveling with pets will depend on what type of animal you’re traveling with.
If you plan to travel with dogs, make sure they’re well-behaved and cooperative, especially in social situations. When you arrive at a campground make sure they have enough time to explore their new surroundings so they aren’t anxious.
Cats also require some special care while you’re traveling. For instance, you must remember to bring kitty litter for their litter box and plenty of hiding spots from which they can get a good view of everything around them – both inside and outside. You should also confine your cat to a kennel or bathroom while driving so they don’t accidentally get under your feet.
Hitting the Road with Your Pet
As you’re loading up your vehicle or RV, make sure your pet is in a secure location. While the best place for them to stay is at a kennel or with some friends, keeping them in their crate or a room with a closed door is also an option. The goal here is to keep them from being stepped on, becoming stressed, or getting lost with all the chaos that’s going on around them. Before you leave you should also stop by the Tampa Bay Veterinary Service to have them checked by one of their vets. Having a healthy pet is the best way to make sure everyone enjoys the trip so schedule your appointment today.
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Many people think that dogs were born to swim, but they honestly don’t know how to swim. Instead, they instinctively tread water (doggy paddle) when they fall in, which is different from knowing how to swim. Once you understand this, you’ll see why it’s so important for you to take the time to properly introduce your dog to the water.
How to Introduce Your dog to the Water
Before you introduce your dog to the water you must first make sure that they have good, solid obedience training. This is important because if your dog is going to disobey you on land, they’ll disobey you when around a body of water. When this happens it’s even more dangerous than if you weren’t around a pool, lake, or an ocean. Once you have the obedience training down, you’ll be ready to introduce your dog to the water. There are a few things you’ll want to remember when doing so, including:
- You should never simply throw your dog into any body of water.
- You should never leave your dog unattended around any body of water. If you own a pool in the back of your home, make sure that you place a fence around it so your dog won’t have access when you’re not around. It’s also important that you show him how to get in and out of the pool correctly – by using the pool’s steps. This is something that you should practice with him until you’re sure that he understands where to exit the pool if he does accidentally fall in sometime.
- Remember how tired you get when you go swimming. Dogs feel the same way. This is important to remember because once your dog is tired, he’s more susceptible of becoming a victim of drowning. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you have your dog get out of the water occasionally so he can get some rest.
- Buy your dog a life vest so he’ll have some help swimming in case he grows too tired to do it himself.
- Make sure you take a dog CPR class so that if an accident does occur around the water, you’re prepared to take proper pet health steps.
How to Protect Your dog From Drowning
Besides keeping your dog away from the water when he’s unattended and buying him a doggy life vest, make sure that you also know your dog well before you go by the water. There are some dogs who are simply better suited for the water. These are the breeds that have a short snout. On the other hand, dogs like the pug, Boston Terrier, and English bulldog aren’t equipped to go swimming so you should leave them on the shore.
A few Other Tips for pet Health Around Water
- Never let your dog drink water from lakes or rivers because there’s parasites and algae in them.
- Don’t let your dog drink swimming pool water because it contains chlorine.
- Make sure your dog doesn’t drink ocean water as it has too much salt in it.
- Always rinse your dog off after swimming and dry off their ears too so they don’t get infected.
If you have any questions about this or anything else to do with pet health, make sure you contact Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care Center.
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