Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Veterinarian 101: Pet Owner Tips on Choosing the Perfect Vet for Your Pet!

We all love our pets and that means making sure they go for yearly vet visits. Besides yourself, your vet is probably the next important person in their life. With that said it is important to do your research before hand to make sure your pet is seeing a trusted, caring & certified veterinarian. Remember going to the vet can be stressful for any pet, so picking the right vet is important. Here are some tips for choosing the right vet for your pets needs.
  1. 1. Get Friendly Recommendations! Ask someone you trust for a recommendation. Advertisements supply information about services offered, but a personal recommendation from friends, family & other pet owners is best.

    2. Set up appointment. Call ahead to make an appointment for a visit to meet the veterinarian, vet specialist and the staff. It important that the vet & staff can engage with your pet.

    3. Tour the facility. Its important that the practice is clean, tidy, relaxed & friendly professional atmosphere that promotes good pet health. The staff should be eager to answer your questions and give you a tour. You can tell a lot by the receptionist & observing the waiting room to see if the vet office is run in an organized & smooth fashion.

    4. Find out whether the veterinarian belongs to professional organizations, is affiliated with local humane societies and emergency clinics and provides referral services when needed.

    5. Ask questions about your pet's care, paying close attention to the answers. These responses are key to making certain you have the right person for the job.

    6. Request to visit the animal care wards and kennel areas; these should be squeaky clean, odor-free, warm, dry and comfortable at all times - no exceptions!

    7. Choose a veterinary clinic that allows you to see the same doctor during each visit so that he or she will become familiar with you and your pet, and vice versa.

    8. Make an appointment to take your pet for a get-acquainted visit. Observe how the veterinarian and staff interact with you and your pet.

    9. All veterinarians who practice in the United States must be graduates of an accredited school of veterinary medicine and must have a current license on display.

    10. Make sure to ask about fees, hours, what vet specialist (behaviorist, dermatologist, geriatrics) & services they provide such as x-ray, surgery, dental work, laboratory tests or ultrasound. Ask if these procedures are done at the practice or do you need to go elsewhere for that treatment?

    11. Remember to trust you & your dogs instincts when choosing your family vet, because your pet should have a say in the matter.

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