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Choosing a Vet

Choosing a Vet

Your pet’s health is the most important aspect of its life; to insure a long and healthy life, you must choose a veterinarian that best suits both you and your pet. To find that perfect veterinarian, you must do your research–this includes thorough checking of credentials, schedules and other aspects of each establishment.

The first step in your researching journey is to see what is available to you; check the phone book, Internet and other sources. You need to understand every choice you can make–each veterinarinary office is unique and you should have the widest range of choices possible.

After you see what is available, you must then dig deeper into your research. You must decide on what is necessary for your pet; what does he/she need from a vet? Once you have outlined those needs, compare them to your choices:

1. Take note of office hours; do they suit your typical schedule? For example, can you only see a veterinarian on Saturdays? If so, then you certainly cannot have a vet that is not available to you. Also, you must take into consideration of atypical hours.

2. Talk to the staff. Do they seem competent and knowledgeable? Are they efficient and willing to explain everything to you? Are you comfortable with them? You have to put your complete trust in them. Be sure that you are fully satisfied with them before you make any long-term commitments. Never talk to them over the phone, however. You must have a face-to-face meeting to make the proper conclusions.

3. See what sort of payment the veterinarian’s office accepts. Do you prefer to pay with cash, credit cards, checks, etc? Some offices do not accept certain payments. You have to make sure your preferred form of payment works.

4. What services are offered and what services do you require? Your pet has specific needs; you must be certain that the office you chose can meet those needs. Also, you must take into account any potential requirements (emergency visits, etc). It will sometimes be necessary to have more than one vet–it is not always possible to find the perfect match. If this happens, chose which one suits your needs best to be your primary service; any strange necessities you have can be saved for the second.

5. How close is the office to your home? Proximity is essential–if an emergency should arise, you must be able to reach your vet quickly. If you have two vet offices, make sure that the second is also within easy reach.

6. Take into consideration the recommendations of family, friends and outside sources. No matter how good an office may appear, you should never take face-value. Talk to others and see what it really there.

By keeping these strategies in mind, you can find the perfect veterinary office. Your pet’s health is so important; you have to be sure to find the best people to take of it. Take great consideration while making a choice; your pet’s well-being could depend on it.


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