In many cases, the pets we bring into our homes end up becoming beloved family members with their own personalities, preferences, and roles in the household. To some people, having pets is akin to having children. However, there is one major difference: your pets will never learn to care for themselves. This means that you are responsible for their health, happiness, and well-being for the entirety of their lives, which, depending on the pets you choose, could be anywhere from a couple of years to a couple of decades (or even longer if you like turtles). So when it comes to ensuring that your furry friends stay in optimum health during their time in your home, you need to find yourself a veterinarian that you can trust. And here are a few things you’ll probably want to consider.
For starters, you should look for someone who has experience with the type of pet you have. Most vets can deal with all manner of common house pets, but you might have to look a little harder to find someone that is familiar with birds, fish, exotic animals, or large breeds, for example. It’s not a bad idea to find someone who also has a lot of experience under his belt. When your pet is limping, coughing, or refusing to eat, you want a professional who can diagnose the problem and suggest the appropriate course of treatment, or better yet, offer multiple treatment options. If you have questions concerning the health and care of your furry friend, you want to be able to get a straight answer from your vet. And for that matter, you want someone who is going to answer your calls in a timely manner.
This brings us to our next point; you need to look for a veterinarian that makes himself available. No vet is on-call around the clock, but you might want to select an animal doctor that operates out of a 24-hour clinic. This way if you have an emergency your pets records are already on file at the location. That said, you don’t want to use someone who is impossible to get a hold of or schedule an appointment with. There may be some guess and check involved here, but if your vet scoffs at your questions, fails to return your calls, or makes you wait months for an appointment, it’s time to find another doctor. You not only need someone that is available, but who actually cares about your pets.
So when it comes to selecting a veterinarian that is trustworthy, you want to start with a wish list of attributes. But from there you’ll actually have to do some legwork to find the doctor of your doggy’s dreams. A good place to start is by asking trusted family members, friends, and colleagues for referrals so that you at least have a jumping off point for your search. From there you can read pet physician reviews and set up office visits for consultations. It might take some time and effort to find the right vet for your furry family members, but considering how much you love them, it’s well worth it.