Kapi-Mana News : August 2nd 2011
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 2, 2011 PETS 3435743AG Advertorial Choosing a Vet for Your Pet How do you choose a vet practice for your family pet? It is an important decision, just like choosing a family doctor for you or your children. Most people simply go to the closest. This makes sense to reduce the travel time, especially in an emergency. However it is important to know if the practice you go to has a vet there all the time. Some only have a vet on site for a few hours a day. Some have more than one vet and therefore have vets available all day. Some practices offer longer hours, house calls, late nights and are open on weekends. We are lucky in Porirua and north Wellington that all the vet practices are members of the After Hours Veterinary Clinic, and your after hours needs will be promptly handled by this service. ...One of the best ways of finding a good practice is by word of mouth referral from neighbours and friends in the area. Ask them for recommendations. Another good way is to choose an accredited veterinary practice. The New Zealand Veterinary Association runs the BestPractice accreditation programme. This means that when you choose a BestPractice accredited clinic you know that it has met the highest standards set. Accredited clinics are required to have an adequate number of fully qualifed staff, well-equipped facilities that are regularly checked and serviced, provide high quality x-ray and diagnostic services, have separate operating theatres, and provide a healthy and safe environment for owners, pets and staff at the clinic, among many other rigorous standards. Dont be afraid to ask to look around the clinic. We have found our Open Days to be very popular. People are curious to see what happens beyond the consult room. Choose a practice that provides good information and has helpful staff. If you are ever unsure about anything then make sure you ask the vet practice staff. Because your pet cant communicate in words to the vet, you have to be able to relate with your vet on behalf of your pet. You should always choose a vet practice you trust with your pets health and well-being. By Dr Ian Schraa, Rappaw Veterinary Care senior veterinarian and owner. $5.00 • Valid until Friday 12th August 2011 • One Voucher per Purchase DISCOUNT VOUCHER WORTH # This means that they are the only two clinics to have been inspected by independent trained veterinary auditors, pass the rigorous standards and receive the BestPractice certificate of accreditation by the NZVA. If you want your pet to be cared for by a practice that chooses to meet the highest industry standards then choose Rappaw Veterinary Care. Vital Health SystemTM DENTADEFENSE STRONG DEFENSES LEAN MUSCLES OPTIMAL DIGESTION STRONG BONES SKIN & COAT FREE Designer Bed & Rug * *With any 12kg or larger Eukanuba Dog Food. O er includes 7.5kg, Small Breed Adult and Puppy and 7.5kg Spaniel Formula s. Excludes 20kg Breeders Bags. While stocks last. 3435712AG Rappaw Veterinary Care Tawa and Rappaw Veterinary Care Paremata are the only New Zealand Veterinary Association BestPractice accredited clinics in Wellington and Porirua. So, you think vet care is expensive? PET TAILS with Dr Ian Schraa Animal surgery: Dr Schraa says veterinary surgery is value for money, compared to healthcare for human beings, with all the latest equipment used on animals. The cost of veterinary care is sometimes thought to be expens- ive. Certainly, compared to the tax-funded, ACC-subsidised human healthcare system it may seem so. But I can assure you that you won t have the waiting times for surgery with veterinary care and you will get pretty much everything done in the same place, by people you know. Compared to human healthcare, veterinary surgery and medicine is very good value formoney.Asavet,Iamof course biased. However, I do know the actual costs required to deliver this care. These costs are not much different than in human healthcare. The medicines used in veter- inary care actually cost more than those same ones used by doctors as we do not have Pharmac. Even the equivalent veterinary medicines, which by law we are obliged to use, cost more because of the smaller market. When we perform a surgical operation on a 70kg dog, we can generally do it for about one- tenth of the price a similar oper- ation would cost to do on a human of the same size. And we do not give any less pain relief -- possibly more because our patients can t tell us exactly how much it hurts so we make sure they are well covered. I had a fracture repaired in the United States last year that I broke while on holiday. Insurance covered it but it was $23,000. I didn t even get to stay the night in hospital for that! I could have fixed a similar frac- ture myself in a dog for about $2000. Much of the equipment we use is the same as in human hospitals. From the anaesthetic machines, to the monitoring equipment, surgical instru- ments, x-rays and ultrasound machines. Plus we have dental machines, lab machines, IV pumps and much more. Our practice has nearly $200,000 of machines and equipment. We, like human healthcare professionals, are highly trained. After five years of inten- sive training most veterinary graduates finish their degree courses with large debts. As very skilled individuals with huge life and death responsibilities they should be paid well for caring for the four-legged members of your family. Given the costs of medicines, the equipment we use and the pay we need to give our veterin- ary staff veterinary care is efficient, high quality and excel- lent value for money. Dr Ian Schraa is an experienced veterinarian and the owner of Rappaw Veterinary Care.
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