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Starting a Relationship with Your Veterinarian for Your Pets New Years Resolution
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Veterinarians are an important part of your relationship with your pet.
“Spring and late winter is a great time to just revisit that relationship. I think people forget what a great recourse their veterinarian is,” Dr. Amanda Bruce, Veterinarian at PetCare of Duluth said.
They can help you sort through preventative healthcare, types of vaccines and more.
“That sort of preventative healthcare such as de-worming, flea and tick preventative, Heartworm prevention any pet is at risk for, so going over full life style choices looking at what the best decisions for that individual pet are,” Dr. Bruce recommended.
They can also be a great resource for behavior issues at home.
“You know sometimes there are medical reasons for those things that are very valid and can be treated. A lot of time there’s behavioral issues that your veterinarian can help sort through with you or be a source of referral for getting you out to somebody who might be able to help you with those things,” she said
Dr. Bruce recommends if you have not seen a vet in the past few years, establish a once a year routine health care check up.
“Some people will recommend every six months as the pet becomes to be middle aged or elderly so once you get up to that eight years or so, up it to about twice a year,” Dr. Bruce suggested.
Word of mouth is a great way to find the vet for your pet
“If you have other friends or family members that have pets similar age, breed and lifestyle, that’s a great way to pre–screen. Ask what their experience was,” Dr. Bruce said.
Creating that connection with a veterinarian can make trips to the vet more enjoyable for your furry friend.
“Part of getting a good physical exam is getting a pet that’s relaxed at the vet clinic, so we really strive to get animals relaxed from the time they walk in the door to the time they leave so that they enjoy their next visit,” she said.