How to Choose a Veterinarian

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Catch All, Pet Cats, Pet Dogs

How to Choose a Veterinarian

When it comes to your pet, you want the best care for them that is available. That begins with your choice for a veterinarian. Here are a few things to ask to make sure you are getting the best person for the job.

It is the job of the veterinarian to work with the pet owner to keep their beloved animal in great health. While we treat our pets like members of the family, they are first and foremost, animals. This means that they have different health needs and concerns than we do. In order to meet all of their needs, we need the help of someone who knows all about pets.

When do you choose a veterinarian? Well, this process begins before you even adopt or buy a pet. As soon as you acquire a new family member you will want them to see a vet right away to make sure that they are okay. Even if you don’t have one at the beginning, waiting until your pet is sick is not a good idea.


Finding the Right Person for the Job

So, what are the criteria for choosing a good vet? That depends on the type of pet that you have and their unique needs. Keep reading to find out a good place to start.

1. Ask for referrals – If you have friends who own pets, they more than likely have a veterinarian. Pick their brains to see who they would recommend for your pet.

2. Call around – If you don’t know anyone who can help, look in the phone book. Start with vets in your immediate area. Ask about the types of animals they see in their practice. Some vets, believe it or not, may specialize in a certain type of animal or large animals as opposed to everyday house pets.

3. Make a few visits – Before signing up with someone, check them out. Visit the office and look around. Is the waiting room clean? Do they require cages for certain pets to avoid commotion? Is the staff pleasant and friendly? Do they take drop-in appointments?

4. Schedule a time when you can take a tour – Ask to have a tour of the facility. Visit the kennels and the wards where they would care for your pet. Are they clean? If pets are there, are their cages clean?

5. Ask for credentials – What type of schooling does your vet have? Ask them about any professional organizations that they belong to and if they are board certified. It is not necessary that your vet be board certified but if they are it says that they have taken the extra steps to specialize in a certain area of veterinary medicine.

6. Ask questions – If you have any concerns about your pet’s needs, ask. This is the time. Don’t be afraid to get the information that you need. It’s for your pet.

A veterinarian is your partner in the care of your pet. Make the right choice by being informed.