When you bring a dog home, you become responsible for his health, nutrition and well-being. One of the most important decisions you need to make as a pet owner is finding the right vet. You want someone who will provide the best possible care for your dog and with whom you can build a trusting relationship.
Here are some tips to help you find the right veterinarian for your furry friend.
The best way to find a good veterinarian is to ask recommendations from friends, colleagues, neighbors or pet owners who have the same pet care as you. Inquire about their experiences with their pet’s vet.
Schedule an office visit
Arrange an appointment with the veterinarian so you can speak with him and get an overall feel of the facility as well. Is he a good listener and easy to talk to? Is he gentle with dogs? Is the clinic clean? Does the staff seem friendly and knowledgeable? An ideal veterinary office should be well-organized, clean and comfortable.
Location is also an important consideration. Choose a clinic that is close to home so that you won’t have a problem making in on time for check-ups. Also, short car rides will help minimize stress to your dog, especially if she’s sick or has an emergency.
The atmosphere of a veterinary office should also be considered. Pets are likely to stress out if the atmosphere is unaccommodating and hostile; thus, making it more difficult for the vet to do his/her job.
Education and experience
There are different types of veterinarians. Some specialize in particular animals such as cats, birds, rabbits and dogs. You want someone who has more experience treating dogs.
Also, your veterinarian should be certified by the American Veterinary Association. Such membership does ensure a certain level of medical care. Look for a nice certificate prominently displayed on the wall. Do not hesitate to ask if you don’t see it.