You might as well admit it. As soon as you looked into the eyes of your rescue, your heart melted. Now part of your family, you want to make the best decisions for your new pet’s health and well-being. Choosing the right veterinarian can be challenging, so we’ve provided a list of essential tips to help you find the right vet for you and your pet.
If possible, try to find your vet before the adoption. Choosing your vet before your new bundle of fur comes home is beneficial for a few reasons:
Before starting your search, consider if your pet has any special needs; perhaps he has a skin issue or is a breed prone to hip problems. A local vet might specialize in these things.
Also, consider your needs, what is most important to you when choosing a vet? Flexible hours? Cost? Do they take insurance? Location? Do you want them to offer holistic services? Make a list of what is important to you and then start the search!
Nothing is better than a recommendation from a happy customer.
Now that you have a few recommendations to start with, head to the web and start checking out basic info. Considering your needs and your pet’s needs, here are some factors to consider:
Now that you have narrowed the search, it’s a good time to put in a call to get the info you can’t find online.
Things to consider:
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Today is that dreaded day where your fur baby gets poked and prodded for the first time. You want to find a vet who puts your pet at ease as much as possible. When the bum thermometer makes an appearance, all bets are off. Joking aside, here are the things to look for during your first visit:
Your vet should keep records of all of your pet’s visits, vaccinations, and procedures. Still, it is always a good idea to take notes during your visit and keep copies of all of the records so nothing is missed, not to mention you’ll need records of vaccinations for a variety of things from puppy daycare playdates to travel to licenses.
Selecting a vet can be challenging, but if you put in the time to find the right person, your veterinarian will become a trusted partner in the care and love of your pet.
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