CHOOSING THE RIGHT VETERINARIAN
Most new pet owners pick their veterinarians by looking through the phone book and calling up the one that's closest to their place of residence. And after a few appointments, if for any reason at all, the owner is uncomfortable with their new vet, be it for his manners or maybe the advice he gives just seems wrong, most will stick with the same doctor anyway. Few people think to change vets, fewer still think to take the time to find the right one in the first place.
Here are few suggestions on finding the right vet for you and our dog in the hopes of making the procedure a little easier, and future health procedures more comfortable for everybody involved.
- Ask other pet owners. Most will be candid when asked if they like their own vet.
- Check with your state Veterinary Medical Board to see if any complaints have been filed.
- Make sure your new vet likes dogs. Surprisingly enough, some don't or are allergic to dogs, causing a decrease in the quality of care your pet receives.
- Find out what there is available for 24 hour emergency care.
- Check if somebody will be with your pet non-stop, all night in case of an accident that requires an overnight stay.
- Ask if the office accepts insurance plans if you have one, or credit cards or payment plans if you don't.
- Watch the interaction between vet and vet technicians. Are they friendly? Does courtesy and politeness rule the day?
- Location is important; you don't want to have to drive an hour when it's an emergency and your dog needs immediate care.
- And last, but perhaps the most important, trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, for any reason at all, keep looking.