One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a pet parent is finding a quality health care provider for your furry friend. Selecting the right veterinarian is a personal decision, but you’ll want to choose a practice that offers the highest available standard of care.
When Should I Look for a Vet?
Guardians seek out new vets for a variety of reasons, including a recent adoption or move, concerns about a current vet’s quality of care or treatment for a pet’s specific health problem.
How Do I Find a Vet?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) evaluates veterinary practices on the quality of their facilities, staff, equipment and patient care. Search the organization’s website at www.healthypet.com for a list of accredited vets in your area.
It’s also a good idea to ask for recommendations from friends, family and trusted neighbors—especially those who take a keen interest in their dogs’ health and well-being.
How Do I Decide Which Vet is Right for My Dog?
Here are some things to consider when selecting a vet:
What Questions Should I Ask When I’m Selecting a Vet?
Although your questions may vary depending on the reason for your visit, you can use the following list as a guide:
What If I Have Problems with My Vet? Can I Switch?
Don’t worry about leaving your current vet if you have concerns about the quality of care. Most veterinary practices, like all businesses, expect clients to come and go. Before you leave, remember to ask for a complete copy of your dog’s health records to be mailed or faxed to you or your new vet.
Source: Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health / Louise Murray, DVM
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4/28/2018 09:20:37 am
I like that you suggest going in before you bring your dog to get a feel for the office and the staff. My husband and I just moved to a new town and need to find a vet for our three dogs. I hope we can find one soon that we love.
10/12/2018 07:21:46 pm
I totally agree when you said that checking the office if it is clean and well-organized is a must. This is because it will give me peace of mind that the tools that they will use are going to be sterilized. I just think that my dog will have to undergo a surgery because he had an open wound that has not been healing for two days now. We will definitely bring him to a vet hospital tomorrow once we find one we can trust. Thanks!
12/11/2019 10:08:26 am
I like your tip to look around the facility during your first appointment to make sure that the place is clean and well organized. My sister got me a puppy for my birthday and I need to get her vaccinated before she gets sick. I'll be sure to find a veterinarian that works at a clean facility.
1/28/2021 01:55:59 pm
It's great that you mentioned a good veterinarian makes clear recommendations for your pet's needs. My girlfriend and I just adopted a puppy, and we want to take him to a vet for a check-up. It's been a while since I had a dog, so I'm not sure about the proper cares a puppy needs. That's why we want to find a reliable vet professional. I think your article will help us with it. Thanks for the information about what every vet must do to be the best.
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