How to Find a Good Veterinarian for Your Beloved Family Member

Sick Dog

Did you know that you should find a good veterinarian before your dog or cat gets sick? It can be an exciting time bringing a new pet into the home but don’t forget about their health and welfare. If you have adopted a new dog, cat, puppy, or kitten, you should book a visit within their first 48 hours of living with you. This is to ensure that rabies and other vaccinations have been done, deworming and flea meds were given and that they’re generally healthy and happy.

Here are a few tips to help you find the best veterinarian, as the last thing you want during a pet emergency is to end up at the wrong clinic.

1. Location.

Ideally, a veterinary clinic should be within walking distance of your home. You can quickly put your dog or cat in a carrier, or your larger dog in a crate, and being at the clinic in five or ten minutes. You should also have a second clinic in mind for 24-hour emergency vet care. These types of clinics charge more for their services, but it’s helpful to know where they’re located, should your pet become sick or injured in the middle of the night.

2. Credentials.

Have all the vets at the clinic attended a good veterinary college in the USA? Do you recognize the name of the school? Does the clinic have fully qualified veterinary assistants and receptionists? The person you speak to over the telephone should be fully educated in medical terminology.

3. Book a visit.

Most clinics encourage an initial booking that is more an introduction than providing actual medical care. This preps your pet for future visits. Take note of whether your dog or cat likes the vet, or if they seem fearful. Perhaps there’s another vet at the clinic that they might like better.

4. Fear-free clinic.

Many clinics have received certification in a fear-free environment for pets. These types of clinics are designed to ease the stress and anxiety that a dog or cat may feel in a clinic. For example, some clinics are set up as living rooms, with couches, chairs, and scratching posts for cats. There are comfortable rugs on the floor. Pheromones are used to destress your pet. The vet actually gets down on the same level as the pet to provide their care.

5. Fee schedule.

One of the most common concerns a pet owner has is how much it will cost to bring your dog or cat to the clinic for a checkup, vaccines, and emergency treatments. Ask to see the clinic’s fee schedule. You should know that these fees can vary greatly between each clinic. It’s helpful to what to expect in advance. And just because a clinic charges premium rates doesn’t mean that it’s better than the clinic down the street who charges reasonable rates.

With a bit of research on our Simple Puppy apps, you and your pet will find quality veterinarian care. Keep this information on your fridge in the event of an emergency.

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