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Doggie Doo Doo: 10 Tips for House Training Your New Pup

Puppy house training tips: The USA has more dogs than any other country by a lot, almost twice as many as Brazil in second place. People often cite their dogs among their oldest friends. Sarah Silverman considered her dog, Duck, to be her longest relationship.

Raising a dog from puppyhood is a unique opportunity to form that lasting connection. Potty training a puppy is a different story. These 10 tips will help make your job a little easier.

1. Start Smart

Don’t set yourself up to fail.

You have to work with the dog you have not the dog you’ve heard of. Tiny puppies are not capable of controlling their bowels or bladders. Delay house training until your puppy is 12-16 weeks old.

Conversely, if your puppy comes to you at 12 weeks old and has been pooping and peeing in a cage, his behavior may be set. It will take more time to housebreak a puppy with bad habits.

2. Establish Routine

Adapting an animal to a human’s agenda requires an intentional approach. Your puppy needs a routine.

Puppies have growing stomachs and need small amounts of food 3 or 4 times a day. Put quality food out at the same time every day, and put it away between meals. Knowing when your puppy ate will help you determine when he’ll need to potty.

A puppy’s age is a good indicator of how long it can hold its waste. Figure about an hour per month of age, up to a year. By then you’ll have a more reasonable walking schedule.

If you find that your puppy is not able to hold it for an appropriate amount of time, talk to your vet. It might be a sign of a medical problem.

3. Be Consistent

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Once you’ve figured out what routine works best for you, be consistent. Take your puppy out first thing every morning. Take him out right before bed every night.

More than likely, you’ll be out in your yard every couple hours.

When your puppy wakes up, take him out. After he eats or drinks, take him out. After he plays, after he chews on a bone, after he gets excited, take him out every time.

Puppies tend to eliminate 15 minutes after stimulation. Give him a chance to do it right.

You’ll also need to dedicate a part of the yard to toileting and go to that spot every time. The scent sets off your dog’s instinctual behaviors. Stay with your pup outside to keep him on task.

Try to speak the same words every time you’re taking care of business. Soon enough you’ll be able to ask your puppy if he needs to “go outside” before he ends up going on your rug.

If you’re feeling especially Pavlovian, you can hang a bell on the door used to take your dog outside. Have him ring the bell every time it’s potty time and praise him liberally for his accomplishment.

4. Be Generous

A generous reward system is the linchpin of successful potty training. Rewards can also help with obedience training. Learn more about that.

Praise your puppy and offer treats when he’s eliminated appropriately. The trick is to do it before you go back inside. This provides an immediate positive association instead of a delayed one.

Don’t get too excited and congratulate your puppy before he’s finished, though. If he’s interrupted, he might run back inside before he gets the job done.

5. Get Ready for Bed

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A true puppy parent is forged in the crucible of nighttime. Puppies, like babies, don’t care about your beauty rest and will wake you up throughout the night to meet their needs.

To give yourself a fighting chance, restrict evening drinking. Put the water bowl away 2 hours before bedtime.

When your puppy does wake you up, don’t turn on all the lights, and don’t engage him in play. Take him out and then put him back to bed.

If you find that many accidents are happening at night, you may need to be more proactive about waking up. You don’t want your dog to get used to having filth in his space.

6. Know the Signs

A dog has certain telltale potty signs. Your puppy might start whining or barking for no reason, scratching the door, or circling.

If you’ve implemented bell training, you’re all set. Just wait for the bell to ring.

7. Stay Close

One of the biggest mistakes new owners make when house training a puppy is giving him too much real estate. Open up the rooms of your house gradually as your puppy has fewer accidents. If he regresses, reign his territory back in.

Use your leash inside to keep your puppy close by. You want to be able to monitor behavior, so you can act immediately when you need to.

8. Use a Crate

Crates are helpful for potty training due to the natural instinct a dog has not to poop where it sleeps. Because dogs are den animals, they welcome some confinement.

Choose a crate that is only big enough for your dog to circle in and lie down. Some crates have dividers that are adjustable as the need for space increases. Make sure that your dog has access to water if you’ll be using the crate for more than 2 hours at a time.

Don’t take your puppy outside, give him a treat, and then immediately return him to his crate, as this can feel like a punishment. You want only positive connotations with potty training.

If the crate is becoming a regular spot for soiling, you may have to abandon it. It might be too big or it might be an old habit from before your puppy lived with you.

9. Expect Accidents

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Accidents are an uncontrollable part of the process, but you can control your reaction to them. Don’t scold your puppy or punish him. Don’t drag him back later and rub his nose in the mess.

A scared puppy will poop in the house more discreetly.

If you catch him in the act, you can interrupt him with a clap or use your potty training phrase. Then help your pup outside and praise him for finishing in his potty spot.

Clean the mess completely so your dog won’t return to that spot the next time he needs to go. There are enzymatic cleaners that can eradicate the smell.

10. Get a Sitter

If you will be gone for more than 4 or 5 hours a day, you need to have someone relieve your puppy until he’s at least 8 months old. Minimizing crate accidents is crucial for success.

A Note About Potty Training a Puppy On Paper

Some people choose to use puppy pads or newspaper to train their puppies. If your ultimate goal is to have your dog housebroken, this may prolong your efforts and establish a preference for peeing on paper.

You Can Do It

Potty training a puppy is a lot of work, but you can do it! And the reward is immeasurable. If you remain consistent and stick to the plan, you’ll be on to puppy bliss in no time.

Need more fido tips? Explore our blog!

*Top photo credit: Marko Blaževi?

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Heel! A Dog Owners Guide to Leash Training

Whether you’re welcoming a new pup or trying to train your dog to behave, leash training can be tough.

If your dog pulls on the leash every time you go for a walk, it can be frustrating. Sometimes you wish your furry friend would stop when you tell him or walk with ease by your side.

Well, giving your dog some simple leash training could help make it all change.

How to Start Leash Training Your Dog

All dogs whether they’re puppies or wise old souls need to learn basic leash training. Taking your dog for a walk can be very frustrating if your dog is pulling and stopping at every turn.

Good leash training will also help keep your dog safe when on a walk too. Here are a few ways you can make your dog walking experience much more enjoyable.

Treats Are Your Friend

When you’re out on a walk, the best way to get your dog to start behaving is by using treats.

Whenever you want your dog to walk close by or at a slower pace, feed them a treat.

This teaches your pup that staying close to you and walking slower will result in a reward.

Start off by using treats your dog likes the most. As time goes on and they learn to behave well on a leash, make the treats less special.

You don’t want to ruin your dog’s appetite or feed them too many treats every single walk. The best way is to feed your dog dried biscuits with or instead of wet dog food. You can use these dried foods as treats on walks instead.

Over time, you can phase out the treats altogether. Then you’ll be able to walk your dog without having to feed them along the way to obey you!

Keep The Leash Short!

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A common mistake people make when leash training their dog is keeping the leash tight and close to them. While this may seem like the best way to keep the dog close, it doesn’t do anything but encourage your dog to pull more.

If you use an extendable leash it will be more difficult to communicate with your pup and they may roam further. Even so, it’s important to keep the dog leash loose.

Whenever the dog walks where the leash goes loose, make sure to give him a reward. He’ll associate that pace as a positive one and continue to do it!

Get the Right Equipment

The accessories you use when walking can make a big difference in training your dog.

It has to be sturdy enough that it won’t break if the dog tugs on it. It must fit your hand well too.

Don’t get a thin leash that’s easy to slip away from your hands if your dog pulls.

A retractable leash can be good for controlling the length to ensure your dog doesn’t wander too far. But retractible leashes aren’t great for training. They make it harder for your to communicate with your pup on a walk and they may not be as strong if your dog pulls a lot.

A standard leash is usually the cheapest and most common leash used by dog walkers. It’s either a rope or a flat band of material like nylon or leather. They’re strong, sturdy and allow you do wrap the leash to make it as short as you want.

A back harness or halter leash could be great if your dog pulls so much he chokes himself.

Choosing between the two can be tricky, so you can learn more here to make the right decision.

Have the Right Attitude

When you’re training your dog, it’s important to make sure you have the right attitude.

You need to have the right tone and body language to show your dog you’re the leader. Don’t yell at them, but make sure you use an authoritative tone and show that you’re in charge.

Keep your head up and your shoulders back. Have a positive attitude about it, and don’t get mad at your dog when it disobeys.

Take Your Dog On Frequent Walks

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Right now, the thought of going on a lot of walks may seem inconvenient. If your dog pulls non-stop or stops to sniff at every corner, you’re not going to be very enthusiastic about it.

But, the only way to train them to walk on their leash is to do it a lot. As they say, practice makes perfect. The more you go on walks, the more the dog will remember how to behave and he’ll get better on the leash much faster.

Celebrate every successful moment with a treat and show your dog how pleased you are with him. If the walk doesn’t go well, don’t let it get you down. Chalk it up to experience and keep trying.

Before you know it, your dog will be so well behaved on a leash, you won’t remember the bad times! Not to mention, there are a lot of health benefits to frequent dog walks too!

Leash Training: It’s Not Rocket Science

Getting your dog to behave on the leash may seem impossible right now, but we promise it’s not. Leash training is very effective and if you stick with it, you’ll have a well-trained pup in no time.

Make sure you get the right collar and leash since they can make a real difference. Bring treats along, have a good attitude and keep trying.

Looking to take your dog on an adventure? Check out our blog post on hiking with your dog for the best experience.

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How to Find the Best Dog Daycare for Your Pup

Of course, the popularity of dog daycare doesn’t change the fact that you need to find the right daycare for your favorite four-legged friend. It’s a bit trickier than simply finding a daycare near your house.

Luckily for you, we’re breaking down everything you need to know to find a daycare your dog will dream about.

For Dog Daycare, Start with Your Dog

First things first: finding a daycare doesn’t actually start with finding a daycare like this company. It starts with your dog.

Even if you found the pet daycare this side of the Atlantic, it won’t do you a lick of good if your dog isn’t temperamentally suited to daycare.

So, start by looking at your dog’s personality. For starters, does your dog enjoy the company of other dogs? Does he play with other dogs? If so, does he play well? How does he play with other dogs?

Doggie daycare is a lot of activity, and unless your dog is a dog park regular, they’re probably going to see a lot more dogs than they’re used to. If your dog tends to be shy or more of a couch potato, this may not be an enjoyable experience for them.

On a related note, be honest with yourself about how aggressive your dog is. If your dog tends to get aggressive with other dogs, if they get aggressive for certain things (like food or toys), or if separation anxiety makes them snappish, they may not be a good fit for daycare.


Check Out the Premises

If you’ve decided your furry friend is a good fit for daycare, it’s time to start researching.

The easiest way to start is by Googling, “dog daycare near me.” Once you have a list of options with good reviews and a promising list of potential activities, call each daycare and ask if you can get a tour.

Don’t be shy about this. Daycares know that you’re entrusting them with a family member. Most of them will be more than willing to show you their facilities so that you can feel good about letting your best friend spend the day there.

More to the point, don’t send your dog to a daycare that won’t let you tour the facility. That’s a huge red flag.

Once you’re at the facility, look critically at what you see. Consider:

  • Is it clean?
  • Do they let you interact with dogs on the tour? (They shouldn’t–you’re liable if your dog bites someone).
  • Are there tall and sturdy gates at all entrances?
  • Do the rooms have safety gates so your dog can be introduced safely?
  • What type of flooring is there? You want something nonporous, like rubber.
  • What kind of body language do the dogs have?
  • Are the dogs happy and playful?
  • Are any dogs overly aggressive? How does the staff handle them?
  • Does the staff manage dogs appropriately?
  • What’s the staff to dog ratio?
  • Are dogs ever left unsupervised? A fight can break out fast.
  • Do the dogs seem to like the staff, or are they always moving away from them?
  • Are there any loose dogs wandering the facility? This is a red flag.
  • What do the kennels look like?
  • Are there double-decker kennels? (There shouldn’t be–this is stressful to dogs).
  • Can the dogs see over or under the fencing? (The answer should be no).
  • Where do dogs go to relieve themselves?

When you look at the boarding kennels, make sure there aren’t any loose pieces or parts that your dog might be able to break off, as this could hurt them or cause choking. There also shouldn’t be any gaps in the kennels that a paw or head can slip through, as your dog can hurt themselves.

What’s Their Management Philosophy?

When you search for a daycare online and while you’re on tour, pay attention to the daycare’s management philosophy.

Most daycares will explain how they handle dogs on their site. If it’s a method you agree with, pay attention while on tour to make sure they walk the walk as well.

For example, what is their behavior management philosophy? How does the staff handle a misbehaving dog? How do they handle dog fights?

Ask How Dogs are Put in Play Groups

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While it might seem logical to separate dogs by size, this isn’t necessarily the best way to ensure that a playgroup gets along.

Example: while a Lab puppy and a Yorkie are technically around the same size, they shouldn’t be in a playgroup together.

Instead, ask about their philosophy for creating dog playgroups. Ideally, you want a daycare that groups dogs by temperament, activity level, and preferred play style.


Find Out About Emergency Procedures

Another important point that cannot be ignored at daycare: Emergency procedures.

Staff should immediately know what to do in the event of a dogfight, a fire, a random accident, or an injury. And because of this, they should be able to readily answer when you ask what happens in the event of a fight, an injury, or other similar events.

On a related note, you should ask about the procedure in the event of a veterinary emergency. For example: do they have a vet on staff or on call? If not, where do dogs go? Do they call you immediately to inform you that something happened?


What’s the Process of Taking New Clients?

Finally, while it might not seem like it’s that important, a daycare’s procedure for taking on new clients can tell you a lot about the daycare itself.

For example, if the daycare asks for a temperament test before they allow your dog in, this is a good thing. This tells you that they vet all dogs before allowing them in–which means your dog won’t be around dogs who aren’t suited to daycare.

You should also see if they ask for any vaccinations or vaccination updates, disease checks, and other health checklists. This will ensure that only healthy dogs are in the facility, which means your dog won’t come home sick.


More Dog News and Ideas

Now that you know how to find the best dog daycare for your pet, it’s time to let your doggo have some fun.

But before you send them off, make sure to read about these five essential things to pack in a dog travel kit, or these five tips to find a vet who will make sure your dog is happy and healthy before they head to daycare.

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The Top 3 Things to Look for in a Great Dog Crate

As a dog owner, buying a dog crate is a task that you will have to do at some point. You may need to buy a dog crate for traveling or just to use at home.  If you wish to pick best dog crates, get one that is pleasant and economical for you. In addition, it should be the right size for your dog.

Here are three things you need to consider when getting a great dog crate:

1. The appropriate dog crate size

When getting a dog crate, you have to ensure that your dog will have enough space to move around. To strike the balance, measure the size of your dog and give a little extra room. Ensure that your dog does not touch the ceiling of the crate while sitting and is not cramped when lying down. If you intend to use the crate to house train your dog, ensure that it’s big enough so that the dog has room to use as the bathroom and more space to sleep in.

If you are getting a crate for a puppy, remember that it will soon grow into an adult dog. Since puppies grow rapidly, getting a small crate is not economical as it will quickly be outgrown. The best option would be to buy the crate you would buy for an adult dog of that particular breed, then get a divider so that you can reduce the space to suit your puppy.

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2. Get a suitable type of crate for your dog

Like with other products, there are different types of dog crates. The type of crate you go for will depend on what you intend to use the crate for, whether you are going for style or functionality and whether your dog is destructive. There are four categories of dog crates.

Wire crates are the most commonly used types of dog rates. They have great airflow and are easy to clean as most models have trays that are removable to allow for cleaning. They can also be folded when not in use. The spaces in these crates allow the dog to see the surroundings, so they don’t feel alone. Many will come with a divider for your puppy.

Plastic crates are usually used for traveling, and they indicate whether the crate has been approved for air travel. These crates are lighter than metallic ones and are therefore more portable. They are better for colder weather and offer more security for dogs who like to break out of their crates.

Soft-sided crates are great for people who don’t like the cage like look of wire crates. They are light and extremely easy to carry around. They are very comfortable for the dog and can be folded for storage. This crate usually does not last long, and if your dog is destructive, they can tear the crate using their claws or teeth.

Stylish crates are the best type for people who want a crate that fits in with the style of their home. These come in many different materials, shapes, and styles. They are more expensive than the other types of crates and less portable. They are also more difficult to clean. Destructive dogs can damage the crate and make it an eyesore. Stylish crates are not good for house training a dog.

3. The crate’s durability

Durability is key when choosing a dog crate. Get a crate that you dog will not damage easily and can be used for a long time. Durable crates are more economical in the long run. Remember, cheap will be expensive in the long haul. Don’t be in a rush when picking out a good dog crate – your patience will certainly be rewarded when you get a durable crate that’s perfect for your dog.

These three tips will certainly help you get a great dog crate.

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Your Guide to the Best Dog Accessories for the Summer

Do you know the origin of the expression “dog days of summer”?

For many people, the phrase conjures up images of dogs lying in the shade, too hot to do anything but pant and sleep. However, the “dog days” are actually when the so-called dog star, Sirius, rises in conjunction with the sun.

This occurs in late July and early August, so the dog days are just about behind us — even though there’s plenty of hot weather still to come.

Whether your pooch loves to get outdoors and be active during the summer months, or would rather relax in air-conditioned comfort, check out our roundup of the best dog accessories — nifty, handy, and just plain fun items for your canine companion!

Accessories To Keep Your Dog Cool

Dogs and humans handle hot temperatures and humidity differently, so it’s important to take precautions with your pup when the mercury soars.

For example, dogs sweat primarily through their paw pads. Their panting also cools them off by circulating cooler air through their bodies — but when it’s humid, this is more difficult to achieve, and dogs may suffer heat stroke easily. Here are some of the best dog accessories to help Fido beat the heat.

A Tall Drink of Water

When you’re out running or ends or taking a hike, be sure to bring plenty of water for both of you.

Collapsible dog bowls have been around for a while, and they work just fine if you have a source of fresh water. Not sure if there’s a fountain around? Take this combination water bottle and dog dish, so both of you can stay hydrated.

No Bones About It, These Are Adorbs

Of course, you can pop down to your local big-box store and get a cheap plastic kiddie pool for your pup to splash around in, but why not treat man’s best friend to a pool made just for her? This bone-shaped one is perfect for those Instagram-worthy puppy pool parties!

If you’re lucky enough to have a human-sized pool in your backyard, consider investing in a floatie for your dog. They’re tougher than ordinary plastic floaties, and they’re less likely to be punctured by a toenail or by your canine’s canines.

A Pup-sicle Maker

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Making your own popsicles — excuse us, pupsicles! — is a fun project for you, and an awesome treat for Rover.

This ingenious item comes with a handy base so the treats won’t slip and slide all over your floor. Simply fill it with water or broth and add any flavorings or dog-safe snacks, then freeze overnight. Think of all the money you’ll save!

Keep Calm and Cool On

If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, but your dog is particularly sensitive to heat, it makes sense to invest in this accessory — a cooling vest!

All you have to do is soak it in cool water, then put it on your puppy. As the water evaporates, he will stay nice and comfortable.

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

City dwelling dogs need hot-weather accessories, too — especially these cute little boots which will protect your pup’s paws from scorching asphalt.

If it’s too hot underfoot for you to walk around barefoot, it’s too hot for those precious little paws, too. Even dogs who dislike wearing boots will be amenable to these slip-ons, since they make your everyday walk a lot more comfortable.

Best Dog Accessories To Help Your Dog Look Cool

There’s cool, and then there’s really cool. Make sure your furry friend is the envy of every dog at the park with these styling accessories.

Summer Print Bandanas

Show us a dog who doesn’t look dashing with a jaunty bandana tied around his neck, and we’ll show you a — well, a cat. The neckerchief is the epitome of canine fashion. Choose a couple of bright, cheery, summertime prints. This watermelon bandana will make your dog the belle of any backyard BBQ!

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Help your dog channel his inner Toto with a darling bicycle basket. Not only will he ride in style, but you may have just enough room to tuck a bottle of wine and a baguette in there, too.

Light Up the Night with an LED Collar

We know that your furbaby lights up your life, but this next accessory helps him stay safe by lighting up the night, too. LED collars come in a wide range of colors and glow reliably for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

If you enjoy long pre-bedtime walks, or if you’re headed to a bonfire or other nighttime event with your pup, an LED collar is a great way to make certain he’s visible.

Practical Dog Accessories for Summertime Fun

Before we close out our roundup of the best dog accessories, there are a few more essentials to mention. Depending on what you and your canine companion plan on getting up to before the arrival of autumn, they might come in very handy indeed!

Say Bye-Bye To Bugs

Headed on a camping trip, or just setting out on a long hike? Before you go, pick up an insect-repellant dog shirt. These odorless garments help keep mosquitos, ticks, and other creepy-crawlies at bay, so you can keep on hiking even in the buggiest areas of the wilderness.

Your Pup’s Very Own Pup Tent

You and your dog probably have an active summer social life, but it can be difficult to predict if there will be shade available.

That is, unless you bring your own! Portable, dog-sized tents ensure he always has a safe, cool spot to relax and chill out — whether you’re at the beach, in a friend’s backyard, or having a picnic in the park.

A Comfortable Bed

After a long summer’s day of exploring, playing, swimming, eating popsicles, and enjoying the great outdoors, your doggie will have earned his rest! Give him a super comfortable dog bed, like the ones available at pawcastle.com, where he can relax, catch some ZZZs, and get rejuvenated for all of the fun activities that tomorrow holds!

Water-Ready Floating Toys

No trip to the shore will be complete without a couple of waterproof, floating balls or other toys. Balls that won’t sink and charming, nautical-themed toys are must-have items for trips to the beach.

Final Thoughts

Did we forget any crucial items on our list of the best dog accessories to keep handy this summer?

Join us over on Facebook and let us know. Or better yet, share a picture of you and your dog, living your best summertime lives!

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5 Tips to Finding the Best Vet

Finding the best veterinarian: Whether you’re a pet parent or an animal farmer, it’s important to ensure that the animals you keep receive the best professional healthcare services. This includes regular screenings, checkups, and treatment when diagnosed with certain illnesses or health issues. This is where the importance of knowing a good professional veterinarian comes in.

Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure you’re your furry friend receives or has access to the best health care. At the same time, in no way should your lovely pet suffer from poor nutrition or nutritional deficiencies in your watch. Every time and again, pets need their health jabs to protect them from certain bacterial and viral diseases.

Additionally, things such as teething and breeding may require the intervention of a professional animal physician. A good vet can also advise on how to better feed, groom, and provide the best care to your furry friend. All these scenarios are clear indications that you need a good vet as long as your keep, breed, own, or parent an animal/pet. These having been mentioned, how do you find the best veterinary service, clinic, or individual vet? You can always use these 5 tips to finding the best vet.

1. Know When to Look and Why

Owning an animal or a pet can be as simple as adopting one from a home and taking them to your home. In some cases, however, it takes more than just the goodwill to adopt. In some places, you have to demonstrate that you can take good care of the animal in terms of food, shelter, health, and even entertainment before you can walk away as a smiling pet parent. In some cases, especially if you have to get pet insurance, you’ll need a good vet for advice. You may also need a new vet when simply moving to a new area.

2. Seek Recommendations and Do Research

From your neighborhood, close circle of friends, colleagues and business associates you probably won’t lack a few vet recommendations. These, coupled with some online research, could give you a substantial list of prospective vets to work with.

3. Consider Vet Specialization

There are various specializations and disciplines in veterinary. At some point in time, you may encounter a unique animal health issue that requires specific veterinary qualifications. It’s just like with humans. As much as a dentist is a doctor, they might not be helpful for you when you have an issue that needs the intervention of a cardiologist, urologist, or chest specialist. Some of the most common veterinary disciplines include dentistry, animal welfare, toxicology, preventive medicine, nutrition, microbiology, radiology, and pharmacology, among others. A good vet can always recommend you to the appropriate specialist once they notice that the situation requires an expert approach.

4. Consider Their Accreditation and Experience

Your animal friend will be in safer hands if they have an accredited, highly experienced vet for their healthcare welfare. In the US, you can always liaise with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to find out if the vet you’re about to hire is legitimate, experienced, and that they come from an accredited animal hospital.

5. Seek a Sit-Down Appointment

Before picking a vet, you need to know as much as you can about them. You’ll want to find out about their liability insurance, bonding, and licensure. You’ll also want to consider the number of years they’ve been in business as well as their reputation according to fellow pet breeders and other animal keepers in your area.

With the above 5 tips, finding a good vet becomes a breeze. The best veterinarians are experienced, reputable, licensed, and registered with the relevant bodies in your local area.

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