How to Choose the Right Veterinarian

First thing to do is to make a list of what you desire in a vet. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you want a state of the art medical facility and treatments for your dog? Or do you want the cheapest place to get all the required vaccinations?

2. If it is important to you, find out if the vet shares your opinions on issues such as ear cropping or holistic medicine.

3. Do you prefer your dog to see your regular vet if there is an after-hours emergency?

4. Would you like the convenience of being able to board or groom your dog at the veterinary clinic?

5. Do you want the convenience of getting dog food and supplies at the same place?

6. Do you want your dog to see the same veterinarian at each visit?

When looking for a vet, remember that old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Veterinary hospitals with board certified specialists, the most recent and advanced medical equipment and high-level service have high costs and charge you accordingly. It is up to you to decide if you can and want to pay for that level of care. Do call around to vets to check prices but be careful that you aren’t comparing apples to oranges. The low-cost spay and neuter clinics could be less expensive because they are subsidized by donations. You won’t be paying for personalized service there so don’t expect it.

When you find a local clinic that you are interested in, call to ask if the veterinarian will answer some of your questions and allow you to tour the facility. Don’t forget to bring your questions you’ve written down beforehand.
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