How to Choose the Right Vet for Your Pets

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For pet owners, the well-being of their furry friends is the number one priority. And apart from providing the pet’s basic needs, it is equally important to work with an experienced veterinarian to boost the health and well-being of your canine or feline friend. Of course, finding the perfect vet is another story! Whether you are switching to a new vet or looking for one for the first time, we have compiled a list of tips to keep in mind to find the best vet for your pets:

Round Up the Family

Before choosing the best vet, you want to round up the entire household and discuss what qualities in a vet are important to them. List down all questions and concerns you may have and ask these questions when you start interviewing potential candidates. You can also get references from fellow pet owners, breeders and shelter and dog rescues in your local area.

Accreditation

The right vet should have all the experiences and skills required to take care of your beloved pet. As far as experience go, you want to choose a vet who works in an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited clinic or hospital. Vets who work in AAHA accredited facilities have a certain level of medical experience that is above from others.

Knowledge and Communication

Once you’ve listed down all the potential vets you like, talk to each one. Observe how comfortable you are talking to the vet. See how well he or she answers every question.

An excellent vet should be more than happy to answer all questions and willing to clarify any issue that arises provided, that it involves pet care. He or she should have philosophies that mesh with yours.

If the candidate is struggling to answer your questions or concerns then think twice before hiring the vet for the job. The same thing goes if the vet seems too indifferent or apathetic to the needs of your pet. Finally, ask what numbers to call in case of emergencies or if you want more updates.

Quality of Service

Ask the vet if you can have a tour of his or her clinic. Check to see if the facility has all the right tools to handle emergencies. The facility should have access to x-ray, ultrasound, dentistry, in-house lab tests, IV pumps, blood pressure, and eye pressure monitoring machine. The clinic should have the ability to send lab testing and provide referrals to other specialists.

Interaction with Patients

It is one thing to talk the vet in person and another to see the vet interact with his patients. An ideal candidate should project a calm, assertive air. He should handle the animals with care. The vet should exude a friendly air and is comfortable around animals. Again, if the vet seems apathetic to the needs of the patients, then think twice about hiring him.

As for the technicians and assistants, they should be friendly and knowledgeable in terms of your pet’s needs. They should have the proper training so they can handle the animal well.