One of the important things you need to think about when you purchase or adopt a pet is choosing a veterinarian. Making sure to select the right veterinarian is vital to your pet’s health. Of course, you’ll want a vet that offers the best pet care possible.

What to look for in a vet?

You need to get familiar with the veterinarians in your local area, and the services they offer and/or specialize in. Veterinarians are evaluated on the quality of their staff, facility, equipment and animal care. You may also want to ask local family and friends for recommendations. They may also be able to offer good tips on traits to look for in your vet.

Which Veterinarian is right for my pet?

Here are some tips for helping you choose the best local vet for your furry family member:

  • Make your first vet appointment without your pet. That way, you can speak with the veterinarian, meet the staff and get a good feel for what they have to offer.
  • Look around at the facilities and check to see whether it’s clean, organized and modern or not.
  • Be sure to ask how many pet care specialists are on staff, as some offices may share duties.
  • Ask any and all questions that come to mind. Your pet is a member of your family. So, do not be shy!

Note: Communication with your vet is essential to health of your pet.

Questions to Ask your Veterinarian

Here are some questions that you should ask your vet upon your first visit to the pet care facility:

  • Are you AAHA-accredited?
  • How does your facility handle overnight patients?
  • What protocols do you have in place for patients that need anesthesia before surgery?
  • What is your protocol for patient pain management?
  • Do you refer your patients to specialists when needed?
  • Are your technicians licensed in your state?
  • What different kinds of medical pet care equipment does your facility use?

Can I switch veterinarians?

You have the final choice when it comes to who provides your pet’s medical care and treatment. Because you love your pet, getting the highest quality pet care possible is a goal of yours.

So, if you ever have problems or feel that you are not getting the proper care for your animal, remember that you have the right to change veterinarians. What you look for and how you choose a veterinarian is your decision. No one else has the right to make that decision but you. If you do choose to leave your current vet, make sure to get a copy of all of your pet’s medical records to take to the new vet.

It’s very important to choose your veterinarian early-on, in case of an emergency. You also want to get your pet acquainted with the new veterinarian as soon as possible. Health care for your pet is important for him/her. Your furry friend is a significant part of your family. So, make sure you know what to look for in a vet so you can make an educated decision about your pet’s health care.

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