MJ Wixson: How to choose your pet’s vet
Posted 12:00 am Sunday, March 19, 2023
When it comes to caring for your beloved four-legged companions, choosing the right vet can make all the difference.
As a veterinary professional with years of animal care experience, I know firsthand the importance of finding a qualified and compassionate veterinarian who can provide exceptional care for your furry friends.
Here are some tips I recommend to help you choose the best vet for your pet.
• Seek recommendations from trusted sources.
One of the best ways to find a reputable vet is to ask for recommendations from trusted sources, such as friends, family, or co-workers who own pets.
They can provide valuable information about their experiences with local vets, including their communication skills, level of experience, and overall quality of care.
In addition, you can also check with other pet professionals, such as pet groomers, trainers, or pet store clerks, for their recommendations.
• Find a qualified vet
When selecting a vet, it’s important to make sure they are qualified to provide veterinary care. Look for vets who are licensed and accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which sets high standards for veterinary care and requires veterinarians to meet rigorous qualifications and undergo regular inspections.
In addition, you can also check if the vet has any additional specialization or certification in areas such as surgery, internal medicine or animal behavior.
• Consider location and hours
The location and hours of the vet’s office may be an important factor in your decision. Look for a vet that is conveniently located and has hours that work with your schedule.
Some vets may also offer emergency services or after-hours care for urgent situations.
It’s a good idea to find out if it’s available and how it works before you need it.
• Evaluate the facilities and services of the clinic
The clinic’s facilities and services can give you an idea of the quality of care your pet will receive. Look for a clinic that is clean, well-maintained, and has modern equipment and technology.
Also, consider the range of services the clinic offers.
This can include preventive care, dental care, surgery, diagnostic tests, and more. The more services offered, the more likely it is that you will be able to receive all of your pet’s care in one place.
• Meet with the vet and staff
Meeting the vet and staff in person can give you a better idea of their communication style, bedside manner, and overall approach to animal care.
During your visit, ask questions about their experience, expertise, and approach to caring for animals. Pay attention to how the staff interacts with your pet and other animals at the clinic, and look for a clinic that treats all pets with kindness and respect.
• Consider your pet’s needs and personality.
Finally, it’s important to consider your pet’s individual needs and personality when choosing a vet. Some pets may be more anxious or fearful of vet visits, and may benefit from a veterinarian who specializes in animal behavior or offers low-stress management techniques.
Additionally, pets with certain health conditions or special needs may require an experienced veterinarian or specialized facility.
It’s important to find a vet who can provide the right care for your pet’s unique needs.
Choosing the right vet can take time and research, but it is a decision that can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of your pet.
By following these tips, you can find a vet that provides high-quality care and compassionate service for you and your furry friend.
MJ Wixsom, DVM MS is an Amazon best-selling author practicing at Guardian Animal Medical Center in Flatwoods, Ky. GuardianAnimal.com 606-928-6566