Our pets are more than just pets. They are friends. They are members of our families. These are the reasons why we need to take just as much care in choosing their vets as we do our doctors. Here are some tips to help you:
If you have friends who are pet lovers, chances are that they have a vet they love. Ask them who this vet is. If your friends are happy with their vet chances are that you will like him/her as well.
Decide what type of vet you wish to have
Do you want a vet who is in a solo practice or one who works in a bigger practice? Consider these facts. Yes, that solo vet may know you and your pet by name. But if you choose a vet from a bigger practice, some of the doctors may specialize in different areas and the doctors can actually consult with each other, when the case warrants. Plus, the bigger practices may be open longer and have emergency hours.
Once you make an appointment with a vet for the first time, pay attention to everything:
Start with how the receptionist treats you and your pet. Is he/she caring and knowledgeable? Did you and your pet have a comfortable place to wait? Yes, these are signs are how caring the actual vet is.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions:
When you finally see the vet, ask as many questions as you need to ask. How does he/she treat your questions? Does he/she take the time to answer them in detail or is he/she seemed to be in a hurry? If this is the first time you have visited the vet, ask about his/her emergency care procedure. If you really like the vet, ask if he/she has any plans on moving or retiring soon, so you will know if you need to continue to shop around for a vet.
Notice the small things.
Did the vet take the time to answer your questions? Did the vet pet your animal, soothe your animal while caring for him/her, did you see any school certificates on the wall?
Remember it is your responsibility to find the ideal vet for you and your pet. Don’t take this job lightly.