Tips on How to Choose the Best Vet for Your Dog

When you have a pet, the vet is probably one of your best friends. This is why you need to get a vet to fit your needs, a person that is well trained and with good communication skills. If you are still looking for the perfect vet for your dog, this article will help you with some pointers on how to choose him.

You can start with a bit of worth of mouth and ask in the community about the best vets. People will start talking and they will refer you to some vets in no time. Ask the people who have pets about their vets and see what they tell you. They are the first persons to whom you should speak. Ask if they are happy with the current vet and if the vet has solved their dog problems in the past. If the breed of your dog is a special one, then you can start by asking the breed association about a vet that treats that special breed.

They can easily refer you to one. If you have taken the puppy from a local breeder, you can ask him too. Also, if you are looking for a holistic vet you can look on the website ahvma.org and see their database. If you are an open minded person you could also be interested in talking to a vet that does acupuncture too. You can contact one by referring to the International Veterinary Acupuncture XE “Acupuncture” Society. You can view their website XE “International Veterinary Acupuncture Society” at ivas.org.

After you get some vet names, these are the most important questions to ask him:

1. What services it offers?

The doctor is a part of a multi-doctor practice or it is a one-office doctor? There are many doctors that try to consolidate their practice and they team up with group practices or form partnerships. There is no problem with that except for the fact that sometimes you could be seeing another vet from the same practice. Also, try to see if the service he offers also has a 24 hour emergency option. If the dog suffers an accident, make sure you can call in the middle of the night if you need help.

2. Does the doctor also provide a full surgery suite and has an on-site lab work with X-rays and ultrasound capabilities?

If your vet has to take the lab tests and analyze it somewhere else this could take a lot of time plus you could get additional taxes on your tab.

3. Get a fee schedule.

Most of the times the most important aspect in choosing the vet is the cost but it shouldn’t always be like that. There is no need to pay a small amount of money to a doctor that will not solve your problem than pay a good fee to a good vet.

4. Check out the physical characteristics of the facility.

Before you make up your mind about selecting that doctor you also need to check his physical facilities. Make sure the place is clean and you can also see if there are magazines up to date in the waiting room. This may appear like a small issue but this means the doctors are paying attention to news and they also care about you.

5. Communication.

You also need to make sure you can establish a good communication with the vet. You need to make sure you can speak with him and that he cares about your problems. A good vet will always explain you the procedures and the tests and will give you advice.

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