Whether you’ve moved to a new area or just feel the need to change to a new veterinarian, here are some tips to making a great choice.
Finding a new veterinarian can be a challenge. It’s hard to fit everything into the week already. And finding a veterinarian that's right for your pet and your family is an important decision. After all, you’ll be working together for many years ahead—and possibly even for decades, depending on your pet’s potential lifespan.
With the health of your pet in mind, we’ve listed some tips below. We hope they’ll help you make a great choice of vets the next time you need to make a change.
How to find a a vet:
- To get started, put together a long list of vets. Use the local phone and internet directories, or search Pet Assure’s website (scroll to the bottom of that page). Next, figure out which ones are too far from you to be practical.
- Dog clubs and local websites of pet lovers can be a good source to ask or post questions about good vets. Online or in local event calendars, search for clubs or groups in your community and with your type of pet.
- If you don’t know anyone in the area yet, try Angie’s List , an online list of services that subscribers recommend. (You’ll need a subscription.)
- Next, ask around. Word of mouth can be a great way to pare down a longer list.
Once you have a short list of no more than 10 vets, give each of them a call. Take notes:
- Do they put you on hold for a long time? If so, this might indicate that they’re too busy or don’t really have you or your pet’s interests at heart. You might find similar frustrations during future calls and visits.
- Find out if they have experience with your type of pet.
- Ask about boarding, emergency boarding and other services you might need.
- Don’t be shy about money. Find out how they charge for office or emergency visits. Also ask about prices for common tests, vaccines and other needs for your specific pet.
Questions like these should give you a much shorter list of vets that will best suit you and your pet. Next, visit the facility to see if the office runs smoothly. If you and your pet love one, sign up. Then relax, knowing you’ve completed an important step in keeping your pet healthy.
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