Each pet owner knows they need a Dr., for their beloved family member. It is sometimes easier to choose a Dr. for a person. A human can talk, respond clearly and we as humans are more able to understand our own health issues. For animals, it is a little more complicated.
Here are some tips in choosing a Vet.
- Get referrals/advice from friends and family. They will give you some tips, ideas, questions to ask and maybe a great Dr.
- Interview a few Dr.s. Take your animal on an initial visit. See if you have a good rapport with the Dr. – but more importantly your animal
- Do an online search about the Dr.s and Clinic – check the ratings and comments.
- Choose a place that has more than 1 Dr. This will provide a backup if your Dr. is on vacation or sick.
- Get an emergency clinic name/number affiliated with clinic
- Make sure you, your family and the Veterinary Practice share a philosophy on animal care.
- Ask if you can look at the whole facility. Inspect the kennel, operating rooms and other clinic rooms. Ensure they are clean, organized and safe.
- Once you have selected your Vet, there are some things to watch for and some things you should consider.
A Vet may seem expensive based on their price list. However, they may not encourage you to take unnecessary tests or procedures. Other clinics may seem less expensive, but will encourage you to do unnecessary tests, or ones that may be excessive. When making your decisions, consider all possible factors and make the most informed choice you can.
Your animal is a loving and vulnerable member of your family. They can’t speak for themselves, so they need you to be their sincere advocate. Ensure you choose a Dr. who really cares about the welfare of the animal; not the welfare of their bank account. Just like any Dr. Patient relationship – be sure that you are confident in your Dr. It is an important relationship.
- 4 Things You Should Know About Your Vet (everydayhealth.com)
- Medications for Your Pet: 10 Questions to Ask Your Vet (everydayhealth.com)