We all want the best medical care we can find for our pets, so check out this article on the 8 things to consider when choosing a vet.
Some people see vets as interchangeable. They’re happy to see whomever is working the day of their appointment, and trust the advice, and care, they receive. Others prefer to form a relationship with a specific vet, and have continuity of care.
Whether you’re considering changing the practice you’ve been dealing with for years, moving neighbourhoods, cities or even countries, or have just adopted your first pet, these 8 points should help, no matter the circumstances.
8 things to consider when choosing a vet
1) How much does bedside manner count, or are you just happy to have the experience? You can have both!!
2) Would you move heaven and earth, and spend as much as it takes to cure your pet, or are heroic measures not your style? Some vets give you attitude and make you feel incompetent, if you prefer to let your pet go in peace, rather than forcing him to undergo, what you consider to be, torturous treatment.
I am comfortable saying this, because I have experienced that attitude, more than once. Mostly it came down to them wanting as much money as they could get.
3) Do you ask lots of questions, or do as suggested? Not everyone likes to be, what they perceive as being, “second guessed.”
4) Small 1 or 2 vet clinic, or a practice that’s part of a huge conglomerate? There are pros and cons to both, but for me, it’s most important to find a vet I trust and get on with, no matter what practice they’re a part of.
5) How far are you willing, or able, to travel, and do they have office hours convenient for you?
6) Do you need a practice with boarding facilities, or do you have pet sitters to care for your animals?
7) Some practices offer alternative medicine, and a more holistic approach. Is that important for you?
8) What is their attitude towards senior dogs? I added this point to the original post I wrote, because of a recent experience I had.
My vet was away for a couple of weeks, so naturally that’s when Red wasn’t feeling well and needed to see him!!
Readers of my posts know my dog Red is older, and yes she’s on various medications, but she’s hardly ready to leave. Yet the vet I saw kept talking about how old she was, and I should consider euthanasia…
I am not in denial, nor would I ever dream of letting Red suffer, just so she could stay with me.
When my vet returned I told him what had happened, and needless to say he was shocked. He does a great job of caring for Red and I trust him completely (something I don’t easily say!), and he doesn’t believe she is at that stage.
Her attitude towards seniors was pretty clear, hence the need to include this as an issue for you to consider.
Once you’ve determined the important factors and have a list of vets you’re considering, call and ask if you can schedule a short visit to see the practice, and meet the vet.
Don’t be shy to have a look around, take note of waiting area and exam room cleanliness, and pay attention to how the staff at the front desk speak to clients both in person, and on the phone. I found the most incredible vet, simply by speaking to one of the staff at a practice I was considering.
8 things to consider when choosing a vet – conclusion
I rely so much on my vet to help me care for the furry members of my family. I hope this post on the 8 things to consider when choosing a vet will help you find one you trust as much as I trust mine!