A veterinarian is the most important person in your dog’s life. Finding a quality health care provider for your four-legged friend is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a pet owner.

With so many vets to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Read on and we’ll help you find a vet your dog will approve of.

Ask friends

Recommendations can be a useful way of finding a vet. Ask your pet-loving friends which veterinarians they recommend. But before making a decision, you also have to consider whether they have the same breed of dog as you.

Pay a visit

When deciding on a veterinarian, consider scheduling a visit first. Do not bring your dog in this appointment. Since different pet owners have different requirements, you want to discuss your pet’s needs and ask questions about payment policies, services and fees. Make a list of questions to ask every vet you interview. You may want to visit several clinics first before making a decision.

Distance

Distance is also an important factor to consider when choosing a veterinarian. You want to be sure that the clinic is located near you so it would be easy to rush your dog to the vet in cases of emergency.

Friendliness of doctors and staff

Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the vet’s office, you want to work with someone who seems to have a good rapport with your furry friend and someone you feel comfortable with.

The vet you choose should be compassionate and genuine. During the visit, observe how the veterinarian and their staff interact with pet owners and their dogs. How do the vet and the staff interact with the pet? Do you feel comfortable talking with the doctor? How do they handle telephone calls?

Office hours

You need to be sure that the clinic is open during hours that are convenient for you. What are the regular working hours? Do they offer emergency services and after hours treatment?