Are you looking for a good veterinarian? Maybe, you recently adopted a new puppy and you need to find a veterinarian. Possibly, you moved to a new town because you just got married, or you needed to relocate for a new job. A new puppy will probably need a check-up soon after coming into your family. It is a good idea to find a veterinarian before you bring your new puppy home.
Here is a helpful list of some important things to think about when looking for a new veterinarian.
1. You may wish to contact your local Humane Society or animal shelter, and ask if they can give you a list of veterinarians in your area.
2. Talk to other dog owners that happen to live in your neighborhood about their veterinarian. You can ask a friend, a dog groomer, or even a pet sitter for a good recommendation.
3. The phone book is a good resource of information. You can easily search for Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals.
4. You can also do a search online for local veterinarians in your area.
5. It is important to check if the veterinarian has a membership in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
6. If you happen to be looking for a specialist, you may want to check if the vet is board certified in the specialty you are interested in for your pet’s needs.
Once you have narrowed down your search for a veterinarian, there are some questions to think about at this point.
1. Do you have a flexible schedule that would allow you to go to an office appointment during the morning or afternoon hours of the day? What are the veterinarian’s regular office hours? Is their office open on Saturdays, or open in the evenings a few days a week? It may be very important to know if there are after-hour emergency services available.
2. Do you mind driving a few extra miles to get to a good veterinarian, or would you prefer the convenience of an office nearby?
3. How many veterinarians are actually in their office practice?
4. Does their office routinely offer any boarding or grooming services?
5. Does the veterinarian have any areas of specialty in his practice?
6. Are x-rays, bloodwork or other diagnostic tests done in their office?
7. What is their normal routine for scheduling appointments for your pet?
8. What forms of payment are accepted?
Next, you may want to schedule a visit to meet their office staff and learn about their specific policies. You can check to see if their office is clean, and if the veterinary assistants appear caring and knowledgeable. It may be helpful to know if they offer products, such as specialty dog food or grooming supplies. Hopefully, this information will be of some help to you when you are looking for a veterinarian to take the very best care of your dog!