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Things to Know When Choosing a Vet

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Changing Vets or finding a vet may not be an easy task. After a bad experience with a vet here in southern Delaware, I needed to find a new vet for my cat Millie. After calling several vets and hearing that they were full and not taking any more patients, we finally find one of the vets that was on our list. This was a difficult task and we had to wait several weeks for our cat Millie to be seen. She was suffering from an abscess.

The following article published by pets.webmd.com may help out with this difficult task.

Choosing a veterinarian is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your cat or dog. Your veterinarian will be an important partner for you in making sure your pet lives a long, healthy life. Think about the issues that are important to you, like the clinic’s hours and location. Knowing your preferences ahead of time will help you narrow down your choices.

When Should I Find a Vet?

The best time to find a vet is before you need one. Ideally, you’ll choose a vet before you bring home your pet, and some offices can even help you find the best pet for your family.

If you’re moving, you should look for a vet as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your dog or cat needs a vet before you start looking for one. You don’t want to have to deal with the stress of having to find a vet if your pet is sick or injured.

How Do I Find a Vet?

Word of mouth is often the best way to find a vet. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Online reviews can be helpful, but suggestions from people you trust are even better. Different pets and families have different needs, though, so consider meeting with a few vets before making your choice.

You can also check with your state’s veterinary medical association for a list of qualified veterinarians, or search the American Animal Hospital Association to locate accredited veterinary practices. If you’re moving, your current vet may be able to make recommendations.

If your dog or cat is purebred, you can check in with local breed clubs. The club members often know which vets have experience with your pet’s specific breed.

How Do I Know if a Vet Is Right for My Pet?

Here are some things to consider when you’re choosing a vet:

  • Arrange a visit to the vet without your pet so you can tour the office. This is a great time to notice if the office is clean and well-organized. You can talk to the staff and see if they seem friendly and helpful.
  • Ask about the services they offer. If your pet needs an X-ray or other test, can they do it at the office, or will you have to go somewhere else?
  • Find out the office hours and how emergencies are covered. If it’s a practice with more than one vet, you may want to ask if you can see a specific vet.
  • Find out if their philosophy matches yours. Veterinarians are simply people whose personalities can vary. Some are warm while others are very businesslike. Look for a vet whose attitude feels like a match.

Remember, pets are family.

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