When choosing a veterinarian for our 4 legged children, we will look for similar things as we would if looking for a new doctor for any family member. Our pets will need health care, whether it is routine well visits or if they become sick. When looking to choose a new veterinarian, there are a few things you will want to be sure to consider.
Referrals are a great start on the search for a new vet. Ask others who have pets – family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who their veterinarian is and how they feel about them. How long has the doctor been in the area? Are they happy with the services they receive?
If you are a working person, you will want to make sure that the veterinarianâs office is open during hours you can go. Many vets work at least a few hours on the weekend to accommodate working clients. Others have 1 night a week where they stay open late. This is something you will want to know in advance, and make sure it fits in with your schedule.
Ask ahead of time what the doctorâs regular fees are. You will find that not all vets are alike when it comes to prices.
Ask to see the office, especially exam rooms. Are they kept clean and odor free? This is a doctorâs office, keeping it clean, and as germ free as possible is important. Is the office staff friendly and welcoming?
And of course you will want to talk to the doctor and be sure this is someone you are comfortable with. Chances are if you are at ease with the vet, your pet will be too.
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