Your loving animal was lucky to get picked by a fantastic and caring owner like you! As you are well aware, a pet owner has a big role to play. Being responsible for the life of an animal without a voice is a big deal. You keep them fed, give them attention, and make sure they’re happy and healthy. With health in mind, a veterinarian plays just as important of a role. When you can’t communicate with your pet and their tails aren’t wagging, this is the person who is going to get it wagging again and get your little buddy back to good health.
Getting back to the fact that your animal can’t voice their opinion about the people you choose to be in their life, it’s important to give a good amount of consideration to the veterinarian you trust with your pet’s health. Here are a few good tips to help you with finding a vet you can trust and be happy with. Your furry friend will thank you!
The Powers of Word of Mouth
Get advice from friends and family who approach pet care the same way you do. If you trust in another person with the same values as you, you’re likely to agree with the vet they have chosen for their own pet.
The Search is On
If you decide to hit the books, the phonebooks that is, then search under “veterinarians” or “animal hospitals” and see which ones have agreeable hours. Also, be sure to check our friend, Google. It’s important to ensure that your possible candidates are qualified to be on your list. See if they have membership in the American Animal Hospital Association, which means that they have met AAHA standards in all areas including the facility, equipment, and quality care they give.
If your pet is in need of a specialist, ask if they are board certified. The more educated, the better, and this means that the veterinarian has studied for two to four extra years in their specialty field and passed a super tough exam. You can’t get more qualified than that!
Take a Tour
After you’ve come up with a few promising candidates, set up appointments to tour the facilities and meet the staff. Only then can you truly make a wise decision. Write down questions you have ahead of time and bring them with you. The ASPCA gives us a good list of basic questions to come with to get the right information right off the bat:
Is the practice AAHA-accredited?
How are overnight patients monitored?
What sort of equipment does the practice use?
Does the vet refer patients to specialists?
How are patients evaluated before anesthesia and surgery?
Does the practice have licensed veterinary technicians on staff?
What is the protocol for pain management?
The above tips will get you well on your way to finding the vet of your dreams. However, if you find down the line that you are questioning your decision, don’t worry about parting ways and starting fresh with someone new. When it comes to your pet’s health and happiness, you’re allowed to be picky.
…Read more from the ASPCA on their website!