One of the biggest questions we get from our clients is why do I need to have a regular veterinarian? If my pets get sick we will just come to the ER. While Diley Hill Animal Emergency is here to help all pets in critical and emergency situations, here are some reasons why you should have a regular veterinarian for your pets.
1. Yearly General Health Check for Pets
Veterinarians are experts on pet health. Yearly checks ensure the opportunity to discuss important topics such as lumps & bumps, behavioral changes, and dental health. These conversations help us as pet owners to become great advocates for our pets – from puppies and kittens to our senior pets.
Vaccines are VERY important for our pets. Not only are they required for boarding facilities, groomers and some communal dog areas (like parks), they help to prevent diseases and in turn may help our pets live longer. Some examples of vaccines include rabies, lymes, parvovirus and distemper. Veterinarians can discuss their importance and keep us updated as to when they are due.
The other important thing to understand is that veterinarians use vaccines directly from the vendor and store them under strict guidelines to preserve their effectiveness and safety. We often hear of clients buying vaccines over the counter, and sadly, they may suffer the consequences of non-regulated items.
One more thing to consider regarding vaccines is that some pets may experience a vaccine reaction. This is important to know as a pet owner. Luckily, veterinarians can help prevent, treat, and monitor pets for signs and symptoms.
3. They Help Sick Pets
When our pets suddenly become sick, veterinarians help us find out what is wrong and develop the best treatment plan to get them feeling better. Doctors use diagnostic tools like bloodwork or xrays to help diagnose your pet. This is a much better (and safer) route than self-diagnosing on-line. Veterinarians are experts at reading and interpreting diagnostic tests.
4. Update on Helpful Pet Products
There are many different products available to pet owners, but which ones are safe? Are there any that are better than others? Questions can be overwhelming sometimes! Conversations with your veterinarian can help guide you to the right product for your pet – everything from flea & tick items to dental chews. Often, vet clinics have ‘veterinary grade’ products available in their office.
5. Manage Chronic Issues or Diseases
Sometimes pets will develop conditions that require lifelong care. Examples include arthritis, food allergies, diabetes, and heart issues. Veterinarians partner alongside pet owners to help treat, manage, and monitor your pet’s health. Treatment plans and client education are great ways to help pets enjoy a normal, happy life.
6. Pet Education
There are lots of different things to learn when you have a pet. Things like what are heartworms and how do pets contract them? What’s the best product to combat fleas & ticks? What’s the ideal weight for my pet? Should my pet be spayed or neutered? With so many things to know, veterinarians can guide us through those questions with the answers and knowledge we need.
Need to find a regular veterinarian? Our website www.dileyvet.com has launched a “Find My Pet A Vet” section to help you find the right doctor and medical team for you!