Choosing A Veterinarian For the Health of Your Dog
If for any reason you ever feel uncomfortable after choosing a veterinarian for the health of your dog, by all means change veternarians. Your uncomfortableness might be because of their manners, their advice appeared wrong, or maybe there really is no real reason. Do what we do... trust your gut feeling once you get all the facts. Your pup counts on you to make all their health decisions.
We found this national veterinarian listing to be of help, however, it may not yet be totally complete. Checking with your Chamber of Commerce is most likely the best place to search for local veternarian listings in your city if you have not been given any recommendations yet.
When it comes down to deciding who your vet will be, it may very well end up being a tried and true experience. To avoid the tried and true method use our checklist below to make this important procedure a little easier for you and your new puppy.
CHECKLIST FOR CHOOSING A VET
Ask other dog owners for references and recommendations.
Check with the Veterinary Medical Board for filed complaints.
Check to be sure the new vet likes to work with dogs. Some don't.
Watch the interaction between the veternarian and the vet technichians.
Observe the professionalism between employees. Is it friendly?
Check for cleanliness and personnel attentiveness.
Observe how clients are treated.
Get a "feel for their prices". Vet offices vary in their charges.
Inquire if they accept pet health insurance plans in case you have one.
Ask what payment plans can be used if any hardship occurs.
Find out what is available for 24/7 emergency care.
Are there watchful eyes 24/7 in emergency care?
Lastly, trust your instincts. If not comfortable, keep looking!
Dog health procedures are more comfortable for everyone involved when you are comfortable with who you go to for your new puppy's health care needs.
Think of both your dog's and your comfort level when choosing veterinarian care. It is possible to keep future vet costs down, even regular routine visits by considering pet health insurance. One never knows what the future holds for your precious pet, but it is always nice to know you can afford to take care of them when the need arises. When choosing a veterinarian, ask if they accept health insurance.