Let’s say you’re new in town, have a new pet, or perhaps you’ve decided to switch veterinarians for some reason.
Soon you’ll be searching for a vet practice that suits both your needs and those of your favorite furry friend.
Like any healthcare decision, this one shouldn’t be taken lightly. Hopefully, you and your pet will have a long relationship with your veterinarian. If you take your time with the selection process and choose wisely, you can avoid feelings of disillusion or distrust down the road.
Important things to consider when selecting a veterinarian include:
- Does the practice offer emergency services and after hours treatment and monitoring? If not, to whom do they refer seriously injured and ill patients?
- What kind of diagnostic and monitoring equipment is on hand?
- What’s the average cost of routine procedures like wellness exams, titers and teeth cleaning?
It may feel strange or uncomfortable to quiz prospective veterinarians about their practices, but keep in mind — you are your pet’s advocate and voice.
According to Louise Murray, D.V.M., Vice President of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City:
"The best way to love your pet is to educate yourself so you can be an educated advocate. Your pet can't speak up, so you have to become brave for your pet."