Having a pet around is like having a child in the household. They bring warmth and joy to your life. They relieve us of our stress and they offer support whenever we are in need. After a long day, we come back home to our pets and soon feel everything is well again. No matter how long we are gone, at the end of the day, they still welcome us with open arms (or paws!) and make us feel better and happy. Keeping a pet is a great joy but of course, it is also a great responsibility. Not only do they require food, shelter, and other basic needs – they require great care and time.
Keeping a pet is like having an additional member of the family. Of course, they count on you to provide care! You have to look after your pet’s health, and that includes regular checkups and vaccinations. For small animals being kept as pets – it is essential to find a good veterinarian. But how will you find the right one? Well, here are some things to consider:
1. your pet needs to have a qualified veterinarian. You want one who can provide expert medical care and treatment for your pet. For most, it is nice to have a vet who communicates well with you, the pet owner, while taking the time to provide outstanding treatment and care. There is no compromising here, as the welfare of your furry little friend is at stake.
2. Another consideration is the recommendation of your friends and family. As fellow pet lovers, it is important to get their opinions about who might be the right veterinarian for you and your pet. Often their inputs will lead to a vet who has already been tried and tested by people you trust. Knowing there is already a proven track record with those you know can make you comfortable you’ve found the right vet to look after your beloved pet.
3. The next thing to consider is the accessibility of the veterinarian’s office. You want a close enough location so you can visit anytime it is required. Having the office relatively close by will help you avoid the added time required for a long drive in the event there is an emergency.
Your pet is a loved and valued member of your family, which is why you want to be careful in selecting a veterinary hospital. The veterinarians and support staff will have many opportunities to work with you and your pet; so you want to find a hospital where the staff has the medical expertise, but also excellent people and animal skills. More importantly, one of the most unfortunate mistakes you can make as a pet owner is to wait for an emergency to find a veterinary hospital. So here are some tips for how to choose a veterinary hospital.
Consider the Basics
Location, fees, and veterinary experience are three basic elements that I will want to consider before choosing a hospital for my vet. You not only want to find a hospital that is close to your home, but also one that provides effective and affordable services. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that the hospital provides the services you will need and has experience caring for your breed or species of pet. For example, if you know you need specialist services, you don’t want to choose a hospital that does not have such a specialist.
Always ask friends, family, or coworkers for recommendations. When you know people with the same approach to pet care as you, you know they are a trusted resource for information and experiences at their preferred animal hospital. Alternatively, if you are new to an area, you should seek out information from trustworthy organizations such as the SPCA. If you’ve had to rely on the Yellow Pages or an online search to find hospital candidates, don’t be afraid to ask the staff at vet hospitals to provide you with references so you can speak to other pet owners about their experiences.
Evaluate the Team
Veterinary hospitals operate in a team-based environment. Veterinarians work alongside technicians and other medical support staff in providing service to you and your pets. Ideally, you want to meet with hospital staff members to decide whether they are competent and caring enough to work with you and your pet(s).
Finally, here is a list of questions you should ask before you choose a veterinary hospital:
Is the hospital clean, comfortable, and well organized?
Are the staff friendly, professional, and helpful?
Do they provide after-hours emergency services?
How many veterinarians and specialists service the hospital?
What kinds of animals are treated?
What services does the hospital provide: x-rays, ultrasound, lab tests, etc.?
What other questions do you have?
Choosing the right veterinary hospital for you and your pet does not need to be a difficult task; however, you want to thoroughly review and consider your options to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible.