Where to get Free Pet Advice
Are you looking for free pet advice?
Did someone mention free? Everyone loves
Getting free pet advice is great, and there
are many ways of getting it. Sure you won't
normally get free advice on very involved or
complex issues, however the answers to most
general questions can be obtained free of
So how do I go about getting my
The most obvious source is your local
veterinarian. Many vets are happy to give
free advice or information, particularly if you
are a current or potential client. It's good
public relations and advertising for them.
Remember that they are a business as well as
being animal lovers, so any sort of promotion is
good for business.
Try ringing their surgery and ask to speak to
one of the vets, explaining exactly what it is
that you want. They may be busy and not be able
to talk to you, however they may ask you to ring
back later or they may even ring you back.
You could also try emailing them your
Keep in mind though that in many cases the
vet won't be able to give you any sort of advice
without first examining your pet. They may be
good but they aren't psychic!
Animal clubs, such as the local dog club may
be able to help with certain types of advice such
as â€œwhich type of dog is best
for me?â€ or â€œhow
do I go about training my dog?â€.
Maybe you want information about grooming your
cat or need advice on what to feed your new
Clubs usually have members amongst them who
have had many years of experience with particular
types of animals and most are more than happy to
share their knowledge with others. Some clubs
specialise in a certain type or breed of animal,
whereas others may welcome all breeds of a
Why not consider joining a local club that
deals with your particular type of pet?
Clubs may have activities such as shows,
competitions, classes for training your pet, and
other functions.Not only will you learn more
about your pet, but you will have fun as
If the free pet advice you require is specific
to a particular breed of animal, then why not
contact a breeder? Reputable breeders can be an
excellent source of information. They generally
have lots of experience and are usually happy to
share it with others. Check with friends, a club
or vet to see if they can recommend a reputable
breeder in your area.
Websites can also be a great source of
information. A GoogleTM search for the
word â€œpetâ€ brings
back 235 million pages! So you need to be
specific in your search.
There are lots of pet sites that contain
general pet information and advice as well as
some where you can ask questions (and hopefully
Your questions may be answered by a vet, a
person experienced in that field, or if the site
is a forum it could be answered by anyone that
wants to contribute to the forum. If your
question is of a medical nature and you aren't
sure about the credibility or qualifications of
the person answering it, you should consider
getting more opinions, or better still, seeing a
We've included links to some of our favourite
websites that provide free pet advice (coming
Radio and television stations may also have
programs where a resident or guest veterinarian
or other pet professional will answer your
questions. This may be live in the case of a
radio program or usually delayed if it is on
television, requiring you to send in your
* If your pet is sick or injured
you should not rely on or wait for free advice.
Take it to a vet instead!
Your pets health is more important than saving
a few dollars.
Getting free pet advice is great if it is not
of an urgent nature.
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