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Alchemy Acres
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Tip of the Month





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We've talked in the past about taking good care of our animals and about some of the things we need to consider to ensure their continued good health. Nothing, however, is more important than your selection of a veterinarian. We at Alchemy Acres have been blessed with a real jewel - Dr. Susan Sterling in Seymour, TN. Doc Sterling not only has great technical expertise, but also displays sensitivity, common sense, and good humor, to boot.

So what were the criteria we considered inportant?

All of these criteria will be important to you. Some will be more important than others. The bottom line is that you get high quality care for your herd.

Of course, you need to help your vet - not just sit back and let him/her ladle up the information and care. You need to be observant. Know what is normal behavior and what is not. And if you see a problem, don't wait until the animal is near death to call your vet. After all - (s)he is not God. The sooner the vet is consulted, the better the chances of preventing permanent damage (or death). No vet wants to preside at a needless disaster. And learn to tell the difference between a dire problem and one which can wait until regular office hours. You can only cry wolf so many times before you've really "pissed off" your valuable resource. Observe symptoms, and help the vet to arrive at your farm with the supplies (s)he needs to do the job. You need to excel at communication. Let your vet know just what the situation is - to the best of your ability. Show your appreciation for a job well done. Have a cold drink ready (or hot - depending on the weather) and if the job was messy, some soap and water. Say, "THANKS DOC"!


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