Choosing the right vet clinic for your family pet is a very important decision that should not be taken lightly. Your vet clinic will be your go-to in case of illness or injury to your animal companion, and you want to know your pet is in the very best care. Here are some tips to help you find the right vet clinic for your pet’s needs.
Talk to local friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers for personal recommendations. Getting reassurances from people who have first-hand experiences with a particular clinic can give you assurances that online reviews cannot.
Schedule A Tour
Any reputable clinic should be more than happy to schedule a tour of the facilities and book some time for you to meet the veterinarian on staff. Bring your pet’s previous vet records, registration, and vaccination record so your file can be opened.
Inspect Your Vet Clinic
Do your research and check the status of your veterinarian’s state license. Ask the clinic staff if their vet technicians are state certified and registered. When you visit a particular clinic, take a look around. Is the clinic well-kept and clean? Check to see if the required certificates are on display.
Interview The Veterinarian
Ask the vet about their approach to medicine. Inquire about preventative care measures and address any other questions you may have. If the veterinarian cannot answer your questions or does not take the time to have a discussion with you, keep looking at different clinics.
Talk to the clinic staff and ask for a price sheet for standard care. Ask how billing is handled and when you would be expected to pay. Most vet clinics require payment upfront, but it never hurts to inquire. Ask about the clinic’s policy on treatment transparency.
Comfort Is Key
The clinic you choose should be comfortable for both you and your pet. Observe the way that clinic staff interacts with your pet and how your pet responds to the staff. A bit of hesitation or skittishness is normal behavior, but signs of distress, fear, or anger should be warning signs that this clinic may not be able to provide the care your pet deserves.
If you live in a big city or out in the suburbs, you should have no trouble finding a vet clinic to meet your needs. If you live more rural, you may struggle to find more than one or two veterinarian clinics within reasonable driving distance. Stop by the closest feed store and ask for recommendations, as many rural vets specialize in livestock but will treat cats and dogs as well. Rural vets often provide mobile services and will make the drive to your home for checkups and emergency vet services.