As the owner and the care giver to your pet, it is your responsibility to make sure he/she has the best possible vet. If any of these situations occur, it is time for you to fire your current vet and to begin shopping around a new one for your furry friend:
1. Your vet will not return phone calls. All doctors should return phone calls within 24 hours. If the doctor can not personally return the phone call, a member of his/her staff should get in touch with you and give you a response to your call. If you do not hear from his/her staff and this continue to happen on a regular basis, your vet and his/her staff is not reliable. Fire him.
2. If your pet is extremely sick or hurt, he/she may need to see a specialist. If you sense that your pet needs a specialist and your vet refuse to refer you to one, your vet think that he/she can do everything himself. It is time to fire him/her.
3. Your vet doesn’t seem to be very caring. He doesn’t seem to understand why you are so upset because your pet is ill. It may be time to look for a new vet, who is a bit more sympathetic.
4. You have questions about your pet and why he/she is sick. You have questions about how to give his medication. You want the vet to explain things in more detail and the vet seems to be in a rush and doesn’t seem to want to talk to you. Yes, vets are busy people. But it is essential that the human caregivers understand every aspect about the care of their pet. If the vet isn’t giving you the time necessary to make you aware of everything you need to know, it is time to find a new vet that can give you that time.
5. Your pet is always nervous at this one vet’s office. Yes, it is normal for your pet to be nervous and anxious. Yet, most vets can calm most pets or will know how to deal with the pet, to make the pet feel a little better. If this is not the case, you may need to consider if the problem is your pet or the vet. If the vet isn’t working with your animal to calm him in the way that he needs to be calmed, it may not be entirely the animals fault.
Remember you have the right to change vets, if your current one isn’t working well for you or your pet. In fact, it is better for your pet’s health if you have a vet that makes both you and your pet comfortable.