Choosing a Veterinarian for your Chihuahua Puppy!

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As the owner of a Chihuahua, it is most important to choose your Chihuahua Puppy's Vet very carefully. Here is information that may help when you are choosing your puppy's Vet.

You might think you've already found a good veterinarian for your dog. He or she is a friendly person, the office isn't too long a drive from your house, the fees are reasonable, and the office staff "coos" happily over your dog.

Nice, certainly. But not a good reason to choose a vet.

Just because a Vet has a good bedside manner with Chihuahuas, does not mean that they are competent.

Always remember that when a vet gives advice, you're getting only some of the possible options - the ones he/she has been trained in.

Listen to your vet's interpretations of test results and his recommendations for treatment. But then you may want to do research online/another Vet's office for recommendations, before you choose a course of action. I've found that I often choose to follow some of the recommendations from each source, combining what wisdom each brings to the table.

It is your responsibility to be certain that your Vet is qualified in the care of Chihuahuas. YOU are in charge of your puppy's veterinary care!

* Ask the Vet what they use to sedate a Chihuahua. If it is anything other than Propofol with Iso Fluorine gas and full intubation, DO NOT USE THEM. (Chihuahuas are different than larger dogs when it comes to anesthetizing. Many Chihuahuas die unnecessarily each year while under Anesthetic for simple procedures.)

* Ask how many Toy breeds does the Vet anesthetize weekly. If it is less than 10, DO NOT USE THEM.

* Ask the Vet if they do his/ her own surgeries for the following; Cherry Eye, Bladder Stones, Hernias (Inguinal & Umbilical), C-Sections, Basic Knee Surgeries. These are just a few, but if he does not do the basics, DO NOT USE THEM.

* Ask the Vet what the fees are for surgeries for the following; Cherry Eye, Bladder Stones, Hernias (Inguinal & Umbilical), C-Sections, Basic Knee Surgeries. If by comparison with other vets their prices are inflated, DO NOT USE THEM.

* Ask the Vet if they read and interpret his/ her own X-Rays or do they send them out to a Radiologist. If they cannot read and accurately interpret their own X-Rays, DO NOT USE THEM.

* Does the facility appear clean and sanitary? If not , DO NOT USE THEM.

*** The number one thing you want to know about a veterinarian is their philosophy of health care. ***

We Prefer and Recommend working with a vet who integrates BOTH conventional and alternative treatments. This type of Vet might be considered "Holistic", Integrative is another good word for such a vet. Some veterinary practices might be called integrative if they include both conventional vets and alternative vets.

I'll say it right up front - it's not easy to find a truly Holistic / Integrative vet. Quite a few vets will CALL themselves holistic, when they're really not. Holistic, you see, has become a vague word like organic or all-natural, where the definition depends on who you ask.

A truly holistic vet offers the fullest range of treatment techniques (conventional and alternative) and seeks to prevent future health problems by helping you make all of your dog's daily routines and lifestyle as health-promoting as possible.

Vets who offer only a few treatment techniques aren't holistic.

*If all they offer are drugs, medications, surgery, and/or prescription diets, those vets are conventional.

*If all they offer are medicinal herbs, nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals, enzymes and antioxidants, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, or some other healing method, I call those vets alternative.