Choosing the Right Veterinarian

Dade Murphy - 2018-08-01 12:33:53
Tags: Veterinarians, Veterinary Service, Pet Owner Resource, Tips, Advice

Choosing the Right Veterinarian
Choosing the Right Veterinarian

Choosing the right Veterinarians Choosing a veterinarian can be a stressful process for both you and your pets, and it's not a choice that should be made without some research. There are plenty of factors to consider when trying to find the best veterinarians for both you and your furry, scaley, or feathered loved ones such as cost, location, personality, hours of operation, and more.

We’ve spoken with several veterinary doctors, polled numerous people, and boiled it down to the top five factors to consider when choosing the right Veterinarian.

1. Ask your friends and family. Chances are, you already know a pet owner with a veterinarian that they visit regularly. A lot of people overlook the obvious: poll your own personal network before going online to narrow down your search. Another great place to start is your local animal shelter – ask then who they recommend.

2. Busier is usually better. Yes, I know... You don’t want to be stuck in a busy waiting area with your furry little friend stuck in a cage. However, a busy clinic is generally busy for a reason: it usually means that the veterinarians at that clinic are hard working, liked by their patients, and have a great reputation. This isn’t always the case, but can be a great litmus test to finding your veterinarian.

3. Cost! This can easily be the most important determining factor for many people when choosing a veterinarian. Now, we’re not saying that you should necessarily go to the cheapest clinic than you find, nor the most expensive. Instead, we’re suggesting that you ask up-front what costs are expected. Further, if money is tight, as if they offer a payment plan or if lines of credit that you may be eligible for. Veterinary services can be pricey and, while our furry friends are most definitely worth it, monthly payments can be much more managable for many people.

4. Hours, Hours, Hours. Hours of operation for your potential veterinary clinic are important. A clinic could be one of the best in the world, but if it's not open when you need them they won't be much help! Be sure to check with them to see what their hours are – are there certain days that they open early or close late? Are they open weekends? Also, don’t be shy to ask if they do home calls. Of course, if you are looking for an emergency clinic, make sure they’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You don’t want to have to drive across the state to find an emergency clinic when something is wrong!

5. Location. Of course, location is an important factor, and it can be one of the most important factors to consider when looking for an emergency clinic. Having your Veterinary Physician close by can help put your mind at ease, knowing that you will be able to get to them when needed. However, location shouldn't be the only factor you consider when making your decision. If the veterinarian that's closest to you doesn't meet your expectations in other areas, it might be worth driving a little further.

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Hopefully we’ve helped to get you started on your search to find the perfect veterinarian for you and your pets.

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