Whether you’re new to a neighborhood or you’re a new pet owner, choosing a veterinarian is one of the most important things you’ll do for your pet. Ideally, your veterinarian will have superior medical skills but will also have excellent people and animal skills. Your relationship with your veterinarian should be based on open communication, trust, and mutual concern for your pet’s health.
One very effective way of learning about veterinarians in your area is to speak to friends or family members with pets. Word of mouth is often the only way you’ll really be able to evaluate the skills of a veterinarian. If you haven’t got many friends in the area try speaking to groomers, trainers, or other professionals that care for animals. Try to compile a list of recommended veterinarians that you can then visit to ask a few questions.
Unless you’re in an emergency situation, always visit a vet’s office before taking your pet in to see him or her. You want to see that their facilities are clean and organized and that the staff members are friendly and helpful. The best veterinarians will give you a tour of their facilities and will be happy to cooperate in an initial interview.
Large veterinary offices often have several different vets working at the same time and they often share workloads. You want to know that your pet is going to be well cared for. Make sure the office has the capacity to meet your needs and the needs of your pet. Request to speak to several staff members, veterinarians, and technicians so you get an idea of whether you’ll be comfortable with the people caring for your pet.
You can never take your pet’s health too seriously and finding a good veterinarian can make a huge difference in your pet’s life, sometimes a life-saving difference.