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Choosing The Right Vet

Friday, May 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGEYEVETA few days ago, I heard about a Veterinarian in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey who was accused to animal abuse. He kept beloved pets in crowded cages where they were alone in the basement of the building. This was the same vet that I used to take ┬ácare of my pet rabbit, Max and my cat Molly to when I lived in Ridgefield Park about 14 years ago. Max is no longer with us and Molly only was taken to this vet a few times when she was very young. I was appalled by this information. It seems that we can’t trust the only ones who could provide health care for our pets.

What can you do to ensure that you have selected the right vet? The best way to find a good veterinarian is to ask people who take care of their pets like you do. Start with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, animal shelter worker, dog trainer, groomer, boarding kennel employee or pet sitter.

According to the Humane Society, you should ask yourself these questions.


  • Is the facility clean, comfortable and well-organized?
  • Are appointments required?
  • How many veterinarians are in the practice?
  • Are there technicians or other professional staff members?
  • Are dog and cat cages in separate areas?
  • Is the staff caring, calm, competent and courteous, and do they communicate effectively?
  • Do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics or behavior?
  • Are X-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, EKG, endoscopy and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?
  • Which emergency services are available?
  • Is location and parking convenient?
  • Do fees fit your budget, and are discounts for senior citizens or multi-pet households available?

Pay close attention to the facility and it’s staff. If you have any doubts, choose another vet right away.

Remember, your pets count!

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