Getting a new pet is a long-term commitment. This is not so different from a child, in that this new furry (or feathered) friend will be dependent on you to feed them, take care of them, and love them for the next 10-20 years (or longer, in some cases). So, yes, pet care is a huge commitment and responsibility…but in return, you will receive a love like no other. A pure, basic, uncomplicated love.
First and foremost on your to-do list in order to ready yourself and your home for your new pal is to find a qualified, experienced, and caring Veterinarian. The time to find a suitable Vet is not when you’re in the midst of an emergency, so start looking as soon as possible. If you don’t already have one, this will require a little research. The ASPCA and several other trusted sites have search engines for finding a Vet in your area. But often, the best way to find a good Veterinarian is to ask around! Online opinions and advertisements won’t mean as much as a few words from a trusted friend or family member.
Once you’ve gathered a few names, it’s time to make a list and plan some visits. Many offices will offer a tour or a meet-and-greet with the staff. If not, drive by the locations and stop in. If you don’t feel comfortable “scoping out” the offices, you can always go in to “purchase” some special dietary food or treats (there are usually several varieties displayed in waiting areas). Sure you may get asked a few questions, but that will be a good opportunity to ask some yourself! Pay close attention to the condition of both the outside and the inside of the building, as well as the number of visitors in the waiting room…it may speak to the quality and condition of care your beloved pet will receive. Ask about qualifications, hours of operation, emergency visits, prices of services, preventative care, and availability for boarding (if desired).
What will really make or break your decision, though, will be actually meeting the Vet who will potentially treat your pal. “Pet care” is more than just coming in for annual checkups/shots; you might one day be placing the life of your treasured pet into the skilled medical hands of this Veterinarian…do you feel comfortable and secure in that? You will need to. For the years of happiness and unconditional love your pet will provide to you, they deserve nothing less!
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