Need a Vet? Here’s How to Choose One

Choosing a veterinarian can a difficult process. Just as you would not necessarily pick the first doctor in the Yellow Pages, it is wise to seek out a vet that will best suit the needs of both you and your pet. Here are some things to keep in mind during your search:

Find One First

Even if you haven’t already gotten your animal, go ahead and start searching for a vet anyway. That way you will not have to settle on the first one available, should an emergency occur.

Questions to Ask

Here are some questions to ask practitioners:

  • How often are appointments available?
  • Do you offer emergency after hours services?
  • Does this office accept your pet insurance plan?
  • Are there any specialists that the vet commonly works with for procedures that go beyond the scope of their duties?
  • How much does a basic examination and year shots appointment cost?
  • Can you choose to work with only a specific vet on staff?

Take a Tour

Is it a good idea to also visit the office. Request a tour of the examination rooms and observe the general state of the facility. It should be clean, have no offensive odors, and offer private cage accommodation for the animals. You also have the option of bringing your animal along to see how they react to the environment and the practitioners there.

Check Credentials

Finally, before you commit to trying a vet, check their credentials. You can do this online via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards website (despite the name, it also includes links for practitioners in Canada). You can look up whether a vet’s license is still valid, whether they were the subject of any hearings, how long they have practiced, and more.

When you are satisfied with your choice, make a general appointment (eg. yearly vaccinations). Talk to the vet, note how well they answer questions, and see how your pet reacts to the experience. If something does not feel right, try the next vet on your list. It is very important to find a practitioner that is the right fit.

The Real Reasons That People Love Winter

What every Monday morning in February feels like

I’m sure you know at least one of them: those annoyingly happy people who gush endlessly when the first snowflakes appear. They love winter and want you to know it. For those of us who become more and more depressed as the mercury drops, this behavior is very hard to fathom. Sure, I can understand hockey players and skiers liking this time of year, but just loving winter in general? It just does not compute.

Here are the real reasons why I think some people claim that they love the six months of ice and snow:

They Like Huddling Inside

Sure, people say they love winter, but they also go on about how cozy it is to sit inside by a warm fire and hibernate. If winter is so great, why are you spending so much time inside? Oh, I know: because it’s bloody freezing out there!

An Excuse to Be Alone

See They Like Huddling Inside

Winter = An Excuse to Slack

How many times have you heard, “I was going to head to the gym today, but the roads were just too slippery.” Or “It’s a Snow Day and no school, so I’m going back to bed.” If they are feeling especially lazy and don’t want to do anything outside their home, winter provides a convenient excuse that is tough to argue with.

OK, yes, I’m being silly and sarcastic. I will admit that outside of the holiday shopping period, I do actually prefer the slower pace one typically encounters during the winter. And yes, a Christmas get together with family and friends can indeed be lovely. Christmas mornings with your children can also provide the sort of memories that bring a smile to your face.

All of that said, the best Christmas present for me is the one that always arrives three months late: spring.

Custom Home Builders?


It can be quite enticing to buy an older home, but those fixer-uppers can actually be a nightmare. What seem like simple enough repairs can turn out to be much more extensive than first thought. That can lead to a drain on your time and, more importantly, your finances.

So, you have decided to build a new home instead? Good move! However, the choice is not always cut and dried here either. Some builders are better than others and some do a better job with certain styles of homes than others. Your input in the process can sometimes be limited and that hardly seems fair when you are making an investment that will cost you a great deal of money.

One way you can make your input clearly known is by choosing a prefabricated home. This way you can choose from quite a few different designs and select the one that reflects your tastes and ambitions for the home.

Prefabricated homes in Ontario are also an excellent choice because of the climate. The various sections are manufactured completely indoors and then transported to the site and assembled. This is much faster than building a structure from scratch outdoors where weather can delay things considerably.

Don’t be fooled by this convenience, however. There are no compromises involved when you purchase a prefabricated home. They look every bit as nice as a traditionally built structure, are just as durable, and possess a resale value comparable to any house that has been maintained properly by its owners. Chances are you have driven by and admired many prefabricated houses without even realizing that they were manufactured in sections at a factory.

There are a number of excellent custom home builders that specialize in prefabricated houses. Ask around, do some research, and you will likely be highly satisfied with the home you select.