SULLIVAN COUNTY TN ANIMAL SHELTER

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Veterinarian Care

A Veterinarian is your pet's second-best friend. When selecting a Veterinarian, you are doing much more than searching for a medical expert. You are actually looking for someone who can meet both the needs of you and your pet. Basically you are selecting a Doctor who has both people and animal skills. The absolute worst time for selecting a Veterinarian is when you really need one. The best course of action is to plan ahead and choose wisely.
There are many things to consider, when making your choice for a Veterinarian. The following information is provided to assist you in the search for your Veterinarian Professional.

Veterinarians work with a team of professionals, including technicians and a qualified support staff. Because of this, you will most likely want to evaluate the entire Veterinarian Team's competence and caring attitude. If you think the Veterinarian is terrific, but you do not care for a staff member, you may not be happy. On the other hand, while the location may be convenient, the fees may be reasonable and suit your budget, you may find yourself uncomfortable with some other aspect of the facility.

One of the best ways to search for and find a Veterinarian is to ask people who have the same approach to health care as you. Start with recommendations from friends, neighbors, animal shelter worker, dog trainer, groomer, kennel employee or a pet sitter. Check the "Yellow Pages" under Veterinarians and animal hospitals, where vital information about hours, location, services provided and even staff may be listed. The internet is also a valuable tool in this search as many Veterinarians may have web sites that go into their offered services and staffing in great detail.

Once you have narrowed your search, schedule a visit to meet the staff, tour the facility and learn about the Veterinarian's and hospital's phylosophy and policies. This is a reasonable request that any Veterinarian should be glad to oblige. Write down your questions ahead of time. Below are a list of questions to consider and present to your potential Veterinarian prospects.

Is the facility clean, comfortable and well-organized?

Are appointments required?

How many Veterinarians are in the practice?

Are there technicians or other professional staff members?

Are dogs and cats caged in separate areas?

Is the staff caring, calm, competent, and courteous and do they communicate effectively?

Do the Veterinarians have special interests such as Geriatrics or Behavioral Assessment and Training?

Do fees fit your budget, and are discounts for senior citizens or multi-pet households available?

Are X-rays, ultrasound, blood work, EKG, Endoscopies, and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?

Which emergency services are available?

Is the location and parking convenient?

Once you have made your choice and selected your Veterinary professional, it is your turn to , act, respond and become the Veterinary client that your pet needs you to be. You must learn to be a good Veterinary client.

Learn what is normal for your pet so that you can recognize the first signs of illnes, and see your Veterinarian regularly for preventive visits, checkups and vaccinations. Do not only visit your Veterinarian when your pet becomes ill.

Schedule you appointments and be on time. For oyur pet's safety, and the safety of other pets and clients, bring your pet to the Veterinarian on a leash or in a carrier.

Even if you have an emergency, call ahead to ensure that the Veterinarian is available.

Post the Veterinarian's phone number near your phone for quick access. Do not disturb your Veterinarian during non-working hours for matters that can wait, and do not expect your Veterinarian to diagnose a pet's problem over the telephone.

As a pet owner, you are ultimately responsible for your pet's care. If you feel your needs as a client or the needs of your pet as a patient are not being met, you need to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns. Many situations are actually misunderstandings, which can be resolved through open dialogue with your Veterinarian and looking for solutions. These misunderstandings can be on the part of the Veterinarian, their staff or even you the client. If, after discussing your concerns, you find that your needs or your pet's needs are not being addressed and taken care of, it might be time to lok for and select a new Veterinarian. Your happiness and your pet's health depends on your choice for Veterinary care.

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