When you’re a dog owner, you have a lot of responsibility to take care of your dog and keep them living a fulfilled life. We take them for walks, feed them the right food, but sometimes other health issues come up. Luckily, we have veterinarians who have been professionally trained and gone through years of training to help us with this large task. It is important to have a vet that you trust and like since you want to be able to rely on them for help when you need it. It can be hard to find a vet that understands your dog, your needs, and fits into your lifestyle. Here are some tips to make sure you find the right match!
While you may just assume any vet you are going to is accredited, you can also check this accreditation to make sure they are legit. You should do research on the vet’s experience, where they went to school, and if they have any specialities or expertise. Not all animal clinics and hospitals have to be American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited. Ones that are are held to a higher standard, so if that is important to you, be sure to find a vet at an accredited hospital.
One question you need to ask yourself and your potential vet is how involved you want them to be. Ask your potential vet if there is a community at the clinic or hospital where you can meet other dog owners. Are there any social events, and if there are, is this something that interests you? Be sure you nail this down, since if it is something important to you, you want to have it.
Philosophies on how to treat pets vary among dog owners, but they also vary among vets. When you’re meeting with vets, take note of their treatment and health preferences. If you are interested in a more holistic approach or want your dog to have a specific diet (such as vegan), be sure you find a vet who agrees with the choices you’re making. You don’t want to be arguing with your vet about your pet. You should also observe how the vet is interacting with the other animals. Be sure that you think they treat animals right and have a good energy. At the end of the day, you need to actually like your vet’s personality and practices if the relationship is going to be successful.
Ask to take a tour of the facilities. Make sure they are up to your standard when it comes to the equipment and services, such as x-ray machines, ultrasound, dentistry, in-house lab tests, blood pressure, etc. If the clinic/hospital is a good one, they will be happy and proud to show you the facilities, so it won’t be a bother to ask to see the place. You should also ask about the vet techs and assistants that work there. No matter how great your vet is, your dog will probably interact with vet techs just as much or more. Ask about the level of experience they need to have and the turnover. A positive work environment keeps people at the job, so ask if people stick around.
Hours of a facility can also be important depending on who you are. If you work all day, consider looking at clinics or hospitals that have flexible evening hours or have appointments on the weekend.
If you’re having trouble narrowing down your choices, here are some tips on finding where to start.
Choosing a vet can be hard, but with these tips you should find a great one in no time! Have fun searching!
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