How Do I Select
the Right Veterinarian?
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
1). Do you feel comfortable with
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:
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?
1). Is the staff friendly and
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.
2). Does the waiting area, exam room and lab look and smell
3). What range of services (Including Emergency Service) do they
4). How are after-hours emergency calls handled?
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