Finding the right vet is an important responsibility not to be taken lightly. Just like the family doctor, the right veterinarian has a direct impact on the pet’s quality of life. Understanding the pet’s needs, and making sure the veterinarian can serve these needs is important.
Whether the pet is chronically ill or a classic case of ‘the dog ate the child’s toy,’ a good relationship between the pet and the vet is always an advantage. One should not wait for an urgent moment, when the pet is in health crises, before searching for a vet. Rather, be ready with contacts for a reliable vet, and with a good understanding of how the clinic works so the pet can get the best care
Here is Reapet’s guide on how to pick the right veterinarian near you, what to look for, and what to avoid
Pet comes first, so before searching for a vet, get to know the pet’s needs. Each species and breed has special nutritional, behavioral, and medical needs. Age also is a factor; younger pets will need vaccinations and periodic services. Older pets will need urgent care, geriatric care, palliative care, as well as pain management protocols.
Whether a new pet parent or relocating to a new city for work, consider the veterinary services needed to make a smart choice. After-hours, overnight, and emergency veterinary services are important. They are the assurance needed to prevent an emergency from becoming a problem
Medical tests and in house x-ray machines are important as well. Pets should not have to go to two different places to fix one health issue. If there is more than one pet to be taken care of, then search for a clinic that provides service for both species.
Inquire about the clinic’s involvement in animal welfare. Whether through a registered organization, in-house programs. Positive findings will put the mind at ease to their commitment to the pet’s welfare.
After considering the pet’s needs and listing the veterinarian services required by the clinic of choice, it is wise to reach out to friends, neighbors, or work colleagues to ask them for recommendations.
Inquire about red flags, such as messy waiting areas, bad smells, outdated magazines, long waiting time, unfriendliness to people or pets alike. There will be direct feedback regarding their experiences with the veterinarian and the clinic.
After getting all the recommendations and reviews, and before booking the first appointment, take some time to understand how the new veterinary clinic works. Visit, call, or browse their website -as some of the information might be on their online portal, and check their policies, like billing, working hours, and available services. Doing so will give the staff a chance to demonstrate their work and showcase their ability to provide the necessary veterinary care.
Build a relationship with the veterinarian and the clinic by keeping with the pet’s vaccination schedules, periodic check-ups, and physical exams. Clinics are also a good source for local animal welfare pamphlets and care guides. The relationship between the pet and the vet is invaluable, and mutual understanding with the vet will give better access for veterinary services for the pet.
Frequent visits to the vet will grant you a favorite seat in the waiting area, but more importantly, will comfort the pet during visits and smoother subsequent vet check-ups.