Your new pet depends on you to take good care of him. Before you get your pet, find a veterinarian you can work with for years to come. Here are some guidelines that will help you find a veterinarian who will be a good fit for both you and your pet.
When you start your search for a veterinarian, ask friends, family, and co-workers where they take their pets, and why. Do they like the location? Is the veterinary staff friendly and do they seem knowledgeable? Does the doctor fully explain the diagnosis, treatment plan, and expected outcome of a disease? Are they comfortable asking the doctor questions?
Things to look for when visiting a veterinary clinic…
Veterinarian and staff: Are the staff knowledgeable and courteous? Can you request an appointment with a specific doctor at a multi-doctor practice? Do you feel comfortable with the receptionist, technician, and doctor?
Facilities: Is the facility clean and neat? Are there unpleasant odors? Are the grounds well kept? Is the veterinarian facility in a good location and easy for you to get to?
Office hours and emergencies: What are the regular office hours? How are emergencies handled during business hours? After hours and on holidays? How long does it take to get an appointment for a wellness exam versus a ‘sick pet’ appointment?
Services: What types of services are available? Medical exams? Surgery, including orthopedics? Dentistry? Radiology (x-rays)? Ultrasonography? Laboratory testing? Behavior counseling? Boarding? Grooming?
Fees and payment:
Do not make cost your determining factor when choosing a veterinarian. It is very difficult to compare costs for medical services because every veterinarian practices differently. Expect to pay a fair price for the services received. In a critical situation, cost is usually not your first concern, so choose quality care above all else. Along with cost, find out what methods of payment are accepted, when payment is due, and whether credit cards are accepted.
Good luck in your search to find a veterinarian that is just right for you and your pet!
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