How to choose a veterinarian?

It is very important to select one you can communicate with. It goes without saying that your vet should be a skilled doctor, who keeps up-to-date on medical improvements. He, or she, must the person you can have a working relationship with. Aside from wanting fair prices on routine office visits, you need a vet who cares. One you can call in a 3am emergency- and he trusts you not to call, unless it is an emergency. If your vet says, or does things, that don’t seem quite right, or he’s impatient when you ask questions, find another vet. A vets advice may be accurate; but if you want a second opinion, don’t hesitate to get it. There can be no room for doubts; you need to have confidence in the person entrusted with your pet’s life. A vet that understands and respects your love and concern for your pet is worth his weight in gold. Vets treat every breed imaginable and usually learn to recognize a really good quality dog. This in turn, also brings about the question of variations. Shelties can be peculiar in some of their medical problems, make sure you and your vet realize this. A few vets even show their dogs. However, most vets know little (or nothing) about what makes a dog conformation quality. Look to your vet for health care, but seek a breeders advice for showing, breeding, training, etc. A vet can be a good reference. He knows, better than anyone, who really takes good care of his or her dogs.