Choosing a veterinarian for your dog is a very important decision to make. Don’t make it lightly. You need to know how to find a veterinarian that can care for the needs of your dog and also meet your needs. You need to evaluate the supporting staff along with the location and fees.
Plan ahead and choose a veterinarian before your dog needs one. Don’t wait until there is an emergency, time may be crucial for your dog. Be prepared so you can get your dog the best care as quick as possible.
First, start your search by asking family, friends, co-workers, pet sitters, groomers, or an animal shelter worker that takes the same approach with their dog as you do. Then, check for accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. You can schedule a visit to see the facility, meet the staff and introduce your dog to them.
Things to Consider
When you visit an animal hospital, ask questions such as what diagnostics (x-rays, blood work, ect) they can do in-house. Some other things to consider are:
• Methods of payment
• Pet insurance plans, if you have one
• Emergency Services
• Cleanliness of the Facility
• Is the staff helpful and friendly
You should not feel rushed during your visit and the veterinarian and staff should answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. My dog’s veterinarian gets down on the floor with her and he always answers all of my questions and we discuss my concerns.
If you and your dog are not comfortable with the veterinarian and the staff, it’s time to choose a new veterinarian. Make an appointment with a different animal hospital and take a visit to evaluate them because you and your dog deserve a vet that truly cares about you and your dog.
Take your dog regularly to your veterinarian for preventive care, not just when they are sick. If your dog is not acting normal, make an appointment and have your veterinarian check them out. Don’t wait until they are really sick.
Arrive at your appointment on time. If you can’t be there on time, call the animal hospital and let them know. You may have to reschedule the appointment if they are busy and always be courteous and apologize if you are running late.
My veterinarian was recommended by my sister in law. How did you find a veterinarian to fill the needs of you and your dog? Leave a comment below to share your story about how you found a veterinarian for you and your dog.