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How Do I Select the Right Veterinarian?

When looking for a veterinarian, we suggest that you first talk to your friends who own dogs because your friends are usually your most trusted resource. You can also ask other dog owners that are walking their dogs by your house. Other sources can include breed clubs, rescues and shelters. All of these sources can provide you with lists of recommended area veterinarians.

Once you have come up with a short list of possibles, schedule an appointment with the veterinarians you are considering. Discuss your dog and its specific needs. During the appointment ask yourself the following questions:

1). Do you feel comfortable with the vet? 
2). Did the vet offer direct answers to your questions?
3). What additional or special education does he/she have?
4). What professional organizations does he/she belong to?

If the interview with the vet goes well and you have a good feeling about it, ask if you can have a brief tour of the facility. If they have a hospital on site this is a definite plus. As you tour, examine the facility itself and staff. Here are a few things to check and look for:

1). Is the staff friendly and helpful?
2). Does the waiting area, exam room and lab look and smell clean? 
3). What range of services (Including Emergency Service) do they offer?
4).  How are after-hours emergency calls handled?

Another thing to consider is to make sure your choice is a good fit logistically. Check to make sure the clinic keeps business hours that are convenient for you. Make sure the office is conveniently located. If the vet has odd hours or is in an out-of-the-way location it will be difficult to keep appointments and if you need emergency assistance it may cost you your dog's life if it to far away.

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