Finding a Veterinarian
Finding a vet is not hard. It’s not as simple as looking in the yellow pages either. That is at least, not if you want to find a quality vet with affordable prices. There are a number of things you can look at when searching for a vet and we have compiled a short list of things for you to consider in your quest:
- Ask around. Especially if you are new to the area. Those who have pets will have already visited a couple of the vets in the area and will be able to tell why they do or do not like a certain provider.
- You can contact the state VMS (veterinary medical association) who will be able to give you some information on vets in your area.
- If you already have a vet, and you are seeking a second opinion, ask your current vet for a recommendation, or if you feel uncomfortable with asking him or her, then again, consider asking family, friends and neighbors.
- Online resources can help you find a vet too. There are online directories that list lists vets locally, state-wide and nationally. They will even include a small biography in some cases, and there are still others who will give ballpark figures in pricing.
- While it seems a bit impersonal, you can search the yellow pages, though you can’t hope to get much help by way of a recommendation as these are simply advertisements.
- One thing you will have to take under consideration is the fact that perhaps a veterinarian that you choose may not treat the particular species of animal that you have. This is especially true in the case of exotic animals, so once you have obtained several names, you’ll want to call around to be sure that they can treat your pet. If they don’t treat a particular species, they will perhaps be able to direct you to someone who does.
- Another consideration for finding a vet that you will have to think about is whether the vet’s hours can coincide with your schedule. Most offices hours will vary with some keeping only day time others, while still others will keep evening hours. Make sure you plan ahead.
- One thing some people don’t take into consideration when finding a vet is the bedside manner of the doctor and staff. When making a trip to the vet, your pet can become stressed and upset by strangers grabbing and pushing on them as they examine the pet. Those with a good bedside manner will be able to help alleviate the pets fears, which in turn will help your pet to relax and feel more comfortable.
- If in finding a vet you find that they do not meet your criteria such as good bedside manner, treatment of your pet, affordability, etc. Then you should by all means look elsewhere for a doctor suitable to meet your needs. The health of your pet is important, and finding a vet that your pet will be comfortable with will also help in keeping your pet healthy.
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