Whether you have just acquired your first pet or moved to a new area, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is choosing a veterinarian. Of course, you will want to choose one that offers top-quality care but you also want one that your pet will feel comfortable with.
Find a Veterinarian
The following tips can help you find the right vet for both you and your pet:
Ask for Recommendations
One of the best ways to find a good veterinarian is to ask for recommendations from friends and family members who have pets. Ask them about their experiences with their vet and whether or not they are satisfied. Other people you may wish to ask include neighbors, coworkers and your pet’s breeder. If you are moving to a new area, your current vet may have a few recommendations as well.
Conduct Research Online
Chances are, many veterinary clinics and animal hospitals will have an online presence. With that said, you can check out their website and obtain such valuable information as office hours, emergency hours, credentials and customer reviews. Even if a veterinarian does not have its own website, you can still check their credentials by visiting the American Veterinary Association‘s website.
Schedule an Appointment
After you have found a veterinarian that you think you may like, schedule an appointment for something simple such as a checkup for your pet. While you are in the clinic’s waiting room, take note of such things as comfort, cleanliness and atmosphere. Is the room pleasant for you and your pet, and is the staff friendly?
Evaluating the Veterinary Clinic/ Animal Hospital
When you are called into the examining room, take a look around. The area should be clean, bright and free from foul odors. Does the veterinarian seem to have a way with dogs and cats? Does your pet seem nervous, frightened or comfortable? While some breeds may exhibit nervousness no matter what, take your pet’s own unique personality into consideration.
How does the vet handle your dog or cat? Is he or she rough or gentle? Finally, caring veterinarians will be happy to answer any questions you may have. With that said, ask the vet various questions pertaining to such things as services, emergency hours, fees, insurance and hospitalization. If you are not happy with your evaluation, you may want to continue your search.
Finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet may seem a bit difficult at first. However, there are some things you can do to help you choose one that you and your dog or cat will be happy with. The tips described above can help you find a veterinarian that will offer top-quality care for your pet in a caring and gentle manner.