protecting your dog

protecting your dog

dihart

Posts: 322

QUOTE 12/21/2010 11:27:33 AM
Know Your Vet

Cultivate a relationship with your vet and his or her staff. When you
know these people personally, and they know your dog well, it will make
you more comfortable calling in to find out what you should do. Never
feel bad calling your vet to ask if something is severe enough for a
visit. If you have a good, trustworthy vet, they will tell you what you
can do at home, if anything, to avoid the cost of a vet visit when the
issue at hand is not severe.



ID

Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times. An injury due to a wild animal
attack is likely to send your dog running. When he stops, you want
whoever finds him to be able to reach you immediately. This will also
alert animal control officials that yours is a family dog with a loving
home, rather than a feral or stray dog.
jchamp52

Posts: 261

QUOTE 12/21/2010 2:56:09 PM

Quote dihart:

Know Your Vet

Cultivate a relationship with your vet and his or her staff. When you
know these people personally, and they know your dog well, it will make
you more comfortable calling in to find out what you should do. Never
feel bad calling your vet to ask if something is severe enough for a
visit. If you have a good, trustworthy vet, they will tell you what you
can do at home, if anything, to avoid the cost of a vet visit when the
issue at hand is not severe.



ID

Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times. An injury due to a wild animal
attack is likely to send your dog running. When he stops, you want
whoever finds him to be able to reach you immediately. This will also
alert animal control officials that yours is a family dog with a loving
home, rather than a feral or stray dog.
It is wonderful when your regular vet also operates their own emergency clinic, not all vets have enough on staff vets to offer this wonderful service.  If you have to use an emergency vet (that is not also your normal vet)

PLEASE visit their clinic and let them meet you and some of your pets, it is always a good idea to have a list of your dogs names, shot history and date of birth so that clinic can have a short file for your pets. It is beyond a horror when you have an emergency and are trying to remember even the most simple of information about your pet. I know for a fact you cant even remember your own name,  much less critical, death preventative information on your pet.

It may seem like a waste of time to visit a clinic with a health pet that is pinging off the walls and full of energy, but it is well worth the wasted 10 minutes for your peace of mind in the awful event you have to bring your precious pet in for an emergency at 3am!!













    
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