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How To Choose The Right Vet For Your Pet

Choosing a vet for your pet can be a very difficult decision, with so many veterinary practices available, how do you make the decision of which one is the best for you and your pet? Whether you are choosing a vet for a regular check-up or you believe your pet may have a health issue, choosing the perfect vets is essential.

Here are some things you should base your decision on:

Animal and area of expertise

The majority of household animals you will be able to take to any standard veterinary practice, meaning you may find choosing the perfect vet a little more difficult. Standard household pets include:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Budgies, cockatiels, parrots
  • Hamsters
  • Guinea pigs and gerbils
  • Rabbits
  • Fish

If you have one of the above pets it is likely you will be able to walk into almost any veterinary practice and be immediately seen.

If you have a pet that appears to be a little less common, the choice of vets will be more limited – this can make choosing the perfect vet for your animal a little easier. To ensure your pet gets the best care possible, you will have to choose a vet that specialises in your area of animal. There is little point in taking a tortoise to a standard veterinary practice as it is likely they will not be able to perform the correct standard of care.

Budget and price

The cost of using veterinary services can vary by quite a lot; some vets may offer more affordable care whilst others may seem a little extortionately priced. You should factor in the cost of using the veterinary service into the decision of choosing a vet. There is little point in joining a veterinary practice if you are never going to be able to afford the services they are offering.

All veterinary practices must meet certain standards, meaning you should not be put off by the lower-priced vets.

Word of mouth and reviews

The best way to judge a veterinary practice is from the reviews it withholds. Ask close friends and family for any recommendations when it comes to taking your loved household pet to the vets – it is likely they would have had both good and bad vet experiences. Take all comments on board and do a little further research yourself. If it seems that the bad review does not match its highly-reputable service, it may be a one off bad experience.

Have a look online to see the highly-rated veterinary practices in your local areas, if any receive exceptional reviews that interest you, it may be worth enquiring.

Welcome offers

Many veterinary practices will advertise welcoming offers to new people and animals joining their practice. This is a way to entice new customers in, so this should not be overlooked. If the welcome offer is something that you are going to benefit from, it is worth putting them in your Top 5 list to choose from.

Choosing the perfect vet is essential to your pet health, it is important that your pet has regular check-ups to avoid any health issues.

Carlton Professional advertises vet nurse jobs throughout the country. They understand the importance of employing professional, caring vets up and down the country to care for your pets.

Adopting A Cat With FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

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Many people are fearful when they hear that a cat has  FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), mainly because of the association it has with the human AIDS virus. However, with education comes better understanding and in much the same way as human HIV has now been put into perspective, much is being done to ensure that cats who suffer from FIV not only live relatively healthy lives, but they are cared for by loving families.

What is FIV

Put simply, FIV is a virus that prevents the cat from being able to fight off infection. This virus attacks the white blood cells that are needed for a healthy immune system. It is NOT transferable from cat to human or cat to any animal except another cat. It is spread in a similar way to the human HIV, by physical contact and the exchange of fluids, although with humans this tends to be through sexual contact, with cats it is through biting. An infected cat may bite a healthy cat in a fight, or indeed an infected Tom cat may infect the female by biting the neck during mating.

The virus is spread mainly through feral cats fighting and/or mating with domestic cats.

Cats with FIV

FIV in itself does not make a cat ill and therefore a cat that has the virus can live for as long as a cat without the disease in many cases. However an FIV cat has to become a house cat and cannot be allowed outside. The reason for this is two-fold. Clearly a cat with FIV is capable of infecting any cat it may come into physical contact with, but also just as important is the fact that an FIV cat can be infected by cats, foxes or any other viruses it may come across if it were allowed to roam free. A simple scratch from a tree branch may prove fatal for an FIV cat.

People Who Adopt FIV Cats

The families that adopt FIV cats are not particularly special people. But they are people who understand the illness and are prepared to take the necessary precautions to help keep their cat healthy for as long as possible.  Even after taking all the precautions, your FIV cat may become ill. With dedicated care, the cat may recover, but this will not be so in every case. Remember FIV is not a fatal disease and is not as highly contagious as rumour would suggest. In fact, there are more FIV cats that become ill through interaction with other cats than the other way round, so by keeping your FIV cat indoors you are mainly protecting your cat from other cats, and therefore advice should be sought if you already have an outdoor cat, as to whether it is possible to have an FIV cat also.

Conclusion

A cat that has FIV is capable of giving the same love and devotion as that of any other cat. It is a sad fact however that cats with FIV die, not from the virus, or even illness caused by the virus, but by being put down because no-one will give them a loving home. If you want a house cat, consider giving a loving home to an FIV cat.

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This guest post was written by Jason Balchand, a pet lover who shares his knowledge through his blog at Online Pet Accessories. Connect with his though Facebook and Twitter to read more of his pet care tips.