To the vet with your dog or cat

Whether it is for a check-up, for vaccinations or in case of complaints, every now and then your dog or cat will have to visit the vet. In this article, we tell you more about the vet and what you can go to him or her for with your animal.

Choosing a Vet

When you buy a dog or cat, it is wise to immediately register with a veterinarian. For example, you can come here for check-ups and vaccinations, but also if your animal unexpectedly becomes ill or has an accident. Even if you move, it is smart to immediately register with a vet in your new place of residence. There are several factors to consider when choosing a new vet. For example, think of:

  • Reviews and experiences from others
  • The distance from your home to the vet
  • The prices that are used
  • The size and appearance of the practice

Ultimately, the choice of a veterinarian is primarily a very personal choice. You can pay an introductory visit to the practice and you can also ask questions. For example, ask about further training in the field of new developments, but also which treatments take place in practice and for which referrals are made. If your animal has specific problems or complaints, make sure that the vet in question is aware of this and can treat your animal properly.

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What can you go to a vet for?

There are several reasons why you should see a vet. You can of course consult your vet if your animal is in pain or ill. For acute matters, such as poisoning or an accident, you can usually go to your vet. There are also structural issues that require a veterinarian. Think, for example, of vaccinating your dog or cat, but also of spaying or sterilizing your dog or cat. In addition, there are certain checks that your vet can perform. Think of a dental check. By having checks carried out, you can detect and resolve any problems in a timely manner.

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Vet costs: how much does a consultation cost?

A visit to the vet can be quite expensive, it is something that every owner should take into account. But what a visit costs, of course, depends on several things. Think about the type of treatment your animal needs. A problem that can be solved with an ointment will result in a lower bill than, for example, a complicated fracture that has to be fixed with pins. Most practices have standard rates for common treatments, such as neutering and spaying. You can assume the following average amounts:

  • Consultation dog/cat: $40 to $50 per consultation
  • Dog vaccination: $50 per vaccination
  • Vaccinating cat: $30 per vaccination
  • Spay or neuter a dog: sterilization about $200 to $250 and castration about $75 to $125
  • Sterilize or neuter a cat: $75 for a male and about $125 for a female
  • Deworming your dog: depends on the means and size/weight of your dog, but count on $20 to $80 per year
  • Deworming cat: depends on the means, but count on about $20,- to $40,- per year
  • Chipping dog (and cat): $35,-
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Consultations outside standard opening hours

Sometimes something happens that makes you urgently need a vet. These kinds of emergencies don’t always happen during office hours. Veterinary practices usually have a special rate for these consultations. In some cases, for example in cities or villages that are close to each other and/or have several veterinarians, there is also an arrangement or so-called picket service. You may not always be able to go to your own vet and you will have to go to another vet. On the website of your vet you can often find out what is going on outside the standard opening hours. The rates of such emergency consultations are almost always a lot higher than the normal rates, so you have to take extra costs into account.

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Insure your pet

As you can see, the costs for your pet in terms of vet visits can still add up. For example, you can put money aside for this every month to save for any unexpected setbacks, but you can also choose to insure your animal. There are several insurers that offer policies for your dog or cat. It is smart to compare these beforehand. Then look not only at the policy costs but also at the cover, and maximum cover reimbursements and the deductible.

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Taking a puppy to the vet for the first time

You have adopted a puppy, which is of course very nice! You may have already orientated yourself on many things, including the vet. A first visit to the vet can be very exciting. Make sure your pup is comfortable and transport him safely. To prepare for the first consultation, you can collect a number of things:

  • Vaccination overview.
  • Overview of what food (and how much) your puppy gets.
  • Overview of treatments, such as deworming and anti-flea medicine.

During your puppy’s first visit to the vet, you can expect your vet to discuss and review the following:

  • Advice on vaccinations, flea treatments, and deworming
  • Nutritional advice
  • Check and advise general health of the puppy
  • Specific advice for your puppy based on the breed
  • If this hasn’t been done yet, chip your puppy
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For the first time with a kitten to the vet

Even with a kitten, you will have to go to the vet for the first time. This is exciting for your kitten. Make sure that the animal is at ease as much as possible. Get your kitten used to the carrier beforehand by introducing it to it at home and by placing a blanket in it with its scent. Collect relevant information in advance about vaccinations, nutrition, and possible treatments against parasites. During your kitten’s first visit, the vet will look for things like:

  • Advice on vaccinations, anti-flea treatments, and deworming
  • Nutritional advice
  • Checking and advice general health of the kitten
  • Specific advice for your kitten based on the breed
To the vet with an older dog
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To the vet with an older dog

When your dog gets a little older, he can suffer from so-called age-related ailments. Consider, for example, osteoarthritis, a form of joint wear. It is advisable to have your dog checked by the vet on a regular basis (preferably twice a year). If there are ailments, you may be able to remedy them in time or relieve your dog’s pain and complaints. Keep in mind that an older dog has different needs than a young dog. For example, older dogs have less need for exercise or need other forms of exercise, and it is wise to feed your senior dog a special diet for the older dog.

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To the vet with an elderly cat

The aging cat can also suffer from old-age ailments. In addition to osteoarthritis, older cats can also suffer from kidney failure, coat problems, or an overactive thyroid. Do you suspect that your cat suffers from one of these ailments? Then have him checked by the vet quickly. Also for older cats, regular checkups, preferably twice a year, can help to detect and treat health problems in time.

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