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Help for your Pets
What happens if your pet gets sick when
you're on the road? How do you get help? You can choose a vet at
random. You can scope out offices and locations trying to relate that to a
veterinarian's competence. Does the appearance of the office relate to
competence? Wouldn't it be better to draw on the local's experiences?
Call the American Kennel Club (AKC) to find the largest AKC-affiliated dog
club in the biggest city you are near. Call that club. Ask for a list of local
breeders who both breed and show your flavor of dog. Call those breeders and
find out what veterinarian clinic they use. Notice I said "clinic". An active
group of show breeders will have gained the experience of years, an experience
you will not be able to get no matter how many pet dogs you have. More than
likely, they are all using the same vet clinic. It is often a long drive that
they gladly make as needed.
You will find yourself at the best of the best where decisions are not made by a
vet, but in a room full of veterinarians in common consolation. You still
have "your" vet. Your vet has backup. Typical of these big clinics
is that they have a vet on call at all times. There is no need to go to an
emergency clinic after hours. You take your dog to your clinic and find a vet on
duty. Even more typical of these vets is the fact that it costs more, although
not much more, than does a sole-practitioner.
best care available is the only care appropriate. It is in these clinics that
your dog will get its best care. You can't do more than that. Your
responsibilities are fulfilled.
The care of your pet is a responsibility. The responsibility an owner shows to
his or her pet is a window to the ability of that owner to undertake life's
other responsibilities. If you can't take care of your dog, you are probably as
lost in life's other relationships.
Email Steve Wolf, W8IZ