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How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

Petmate Academy

September 27, 2017


Selecting a veterinarian for your pets is a major decision, comparable to choosing a pediatrician for your children. Not only should your pet feel comfortable around the staff and in the office environment but you should as well. Being able to clearly communicate with your vet will lead to a better relationship, one where you trust their professional advice and the care they provide for your pet. So, let’s delve into three crucial steps to take to help you choose the right veterinarian!

Ask for Recommendations
Searching for veterinarians on Google can be overwhelming and tedious. By asking your friends, family or neighbors which veterinarian or animal hospital they take their dogs or cats to, you uncover a great shortcut to getting “insider” information.  Social media channels, like Facebook, have made this simple to do with a single post. Many clinics offer referral programs, so it’s mutually beneficial to consider going to a vet your friends already know and love.

Make Sure He or She Meets your Qualifications
Now is when you get to the detailed research for which vet you should take your pets to. Here are some great questions to ask:

  • Are they American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) certified? This is the standard qualification for veterinary excellence. You are guaranteeing your pet will be in the best of hands by going to a certified clinic. 
  • What are their hours (Opening and weekends)? This is important not only for emergencies but for how it fits into your work schedule. Especially when your pet is due for a checkup2.
  • Price? It is always an important factor, does the cost relate to the level of care your pet will be receiving? Or are there more cost-effective clinics in your area that will better fit your budget?

Book a “Get to know you” Appointment

After dwindling your list to fit your qualifications, schedule a physical exam for your animal for say, max, the top three vets you have found in your area. During this appointment, you will really be able to make your decision because you will get a fresh face-to-face interaction in a non-stressful/emergency situation for your pet.  Ask yourself and take note of several points while you are there:

  • How do the doctor and staff interact with your pet?
  • How well do the doctor and staff listen and communicate with you1?
  • How is the hygiene of the practice and of the staff themselves1?

These questions and your answers are key signs to the work ethic of the staff and of the care your pet will receive. You may be so impressed with one vet that you cancel the other appointments!

In the end, you want to find a veterinarian who will make the examination and in-office experience positive for both you and your pet.  By putting a little time and effort into finding the best place for them you help to ensure they live a long and happy life!





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