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Tips For Finding The Right Vet For Your Pet

Tips For Finding The Right Vet For Your PetWhile 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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Keeping Your Dogs Safe In And Around Water

Keeping Your Dogs Safe In And Around WaterMany 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

Now that you and your dog are prepared to have some water fun, here are a few additional pet health tips to remember:

  • 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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