“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”
SELECTING A PET - WHICH DOG DO I GET?
“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”
There are a number of factors in modern day life which can act as triggers to pet ownership, because the kind of unconditional love which pets offer seems to act as an antidote to life's pressures. People are looking towards pets for some of the characteristics they would look for in any relationship; loyalty, devotion, affection, company, comfort, responsiveness and even control. Pet lovers have long believed that the relationship they enjoy with their pet is a proper relationship and as such, it involves a balance of rights and responsibilities, pleasure and duties.
There are obvious positives and negatives in pet ownership. But for pet owners the equation comes down strongly on the side of the intangible and many would say immeasurable, positives which a dog or cat provide. The emotional rewards of ownership are so great that the rational objections to ownership simply don't have much influence on the final decision. The possible negatives are not realistically weighed up against the positives.
The "old school" of pet care which was typified by minimal vet care, no vaccinations, no canned food, unwanted pups or kittens drowned, desexing carried out by the gumboot-and-knife method and no registration, does not hold any more in today’s society. Today a lot of effort is made when selecting your pet’s family doctor. We do hope that we fulfill your expectations. One of our goals is to meet and surpass international best practice.
We do know that the purchase price of the pet and food costs do not seem to be the major issues, rather, it is the ongoing and unexpected maintenance costs. If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you give us a try and see if we come up to your expectations. If we do not come upto your expectations we would like to know how we can improve ourselves, because we believe in “Good, Better, Best; Do Not Rest; Till The Good Is Better; And The Better Best”. We do believe in continually improving our services through community engagement.
Owning a dog is not just a privilege it's a enormous responsibility. These beautiful animals depend on us for at the very minimum, food, water and shelter, but they deserve so much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, think long hard and seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. Here are some points to keep in mind when choosing a dog.
There are a few principles and rules you should adhere to:
Some of the important issues that you will need to consider before acquiring a pet are:-
Some of the traits that are expressed by certain breeds of pets are listed below.
Regardless of the age or source of the pet, dogs in particular should be encouraged to have superb public manners. If you are considering a pet you should be willing to adhere to the established principles of responsible pet ownership:-
How an animal is raised can and does affect its later behaviour. Training helps in recognising early signs of possible behaviour problems. Training is invaluable in getting you and your pet to interact in a socially acceptable manner.
Most rescue dogs have had at least one home and sometimes many. It will normally come with behavioural baggage and problems, purely from the fact that it has been rejected at least once.
Some will have been in Kennels or the Rescue Centre for some considerable time, that has an effect on the dogs, especially those that are normally used to family life and constant attention. The dog may have been put there because of behavioural problems, which may include aggression, toileting, excessive barking destructive tendencies etc.
Rescued dogs are usually more than six months old, are housetrained, and mainly past the chewing-everything stage, they are normally happy to be placed in a loving home. Many have been precipitously uprooted from a loved family by some misfortune, and some will have been abused or neglected and need lots of patience and tender loving care, to overcome the trauma they have suffered in their short lives.
The initial adjustment can sometimes be difficult as the dog may need to learn to trust again, or even for the first time. Separation anxiety, fear of noises, and attempts to run away are common. But once past the first few months, when the dog learns to depend on the kindness of his new owners, then the bond is forged.As well meaning as you are, you will also need to understand some of the problems that “Recycled” Pets present:-
Prevention and reshaping needs to start immediately, should you consider a “recycled” pet. It is important to understand that behaviour problems and conditions are the biggest killer of pets. We all want to prevent behaviour problems. Prevention of behaviour problems is not as simple as education. Education and follow up are only two of the factors that contribute to prevention of problems. Other factors include obtaining the type of pet and specific pet that best fits into your household and understanding the genetic basis of the problems.
As you can appreciate the problems are many and will need to be identified. It is therefore recommended that your pet is seen by us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.
We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.
You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.
Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-
If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au
Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.
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