“There's nothing more important than your pet's health, so make sure to do your research.”
- Shelly Leibowitz, on choosing a Veterinarian
- 1.)Choose your veterinarian wisely. A good vet can make a world of a difference.
For a recommendation, talk to family and friends, or search online for
recommended vets in your area.
- 2.)Get regular check-ups. Just like humans, dogs needs annual or semi-annual
physical evaluations. Be aware of your pet’s medical records and any
allergies, and keep up to date with vaccinations.
- 3.)Talk to your veterinarian. Don’t be shy, especially if this is your first dog.
Ask your vet lots of questions about your breed and make sure to know
what symptoms to be on the lookout for. If you notice changes in your dog’s
behavior, give your vet a call – even small changes could be symptoms of an
underlying health problem.
- 4.)Take care of your dog’s teeth. Dental health is just as important as physical
health. Get into the habit of cleaning your dog’s teeth a few times a week using
special dog toothpaste, and opt for a professional teeth cleaning during annual
checkups at the vet.
- 5.)Prepare for your veterinarian visit. At home, practicing lifting your dog onto
the counter, as this can reduce stress during the actual vet appointments.
Bring treats to keep your pet happy in the waiting room and in the vet’s office.
Even if you don’t normally keep your dog on a leash, consider bringing a short
leash, as other pets in the waiting room might be aggressive.