Choosing a Veterinarian That’s Right For You
This is perhaps one of the most important aspects when owning a pet, choosing a vet that will be compatible with your pet and will work with your health and diet plans.
When we first brought Sasha to get her spayed, we had to go to a certain office because the shelter we adopted her from was paying for the spay. When we arrived, we were not impressed. I had a bad feeling in my gut and so did my husband.
Our suspicions were correct. The office staff was rude, cold and unfriendly. When we went to pick her up at the end of the day, they pretty much dragged her out of the back room and gave her to us. We still had to pay for part of her spay because they weren’t going to use laser on her unless we paid an additional $100 for that. There was no way I wanted them to just go in and cut things out of her. It was a horrible office and I will never go back and in fact I filed a complaint against them regarding their practices. I cried for the whole day after bringing her there. Sasha has since gotten over the whole thing, but I will never forget the feeling I had dropping her off there.
That is a long and round about way of saying that when you enter an office and you get a bad feeling, TRUST IT and run.
We had Isis for longer than Sasha and we brought Isis to a different vet, she is a cat specialist. Her practice is only in cats, and all things cats. Isis’ vet is amazing. She is very soothing and calming, not only to Isis, but for us as well. If Isis can go to the vet and come out of the office purring and calm, I would say the vet is a good one.
Isis’ vet listens to our concerns and explains things to us in a manner that we understand without being condescending. She is very supportive of the diet we have Isis on, she makes sure we understand any and all instructions about caring for Isis. She really does care about the cats she sees and remembers details about them that even surprises me. (she remembered Isis didn’t know how to play when we adopted her, so the vet read up on teaching cats how to play and worked with us to help teach her how to). Most of all, she will recommend what to do when Isis gets ill, but will give us several options and she does NOT charge through the nose for any services. In fact, she is the least expensive vet in town.
Sasha’s vet works in the same office as Isis’ vet. He specializes in dogs and all things dog. He is a wonderful vet, he is the same as Isis’ vet, he will not charge through the nose and makes sure we understand proper nutrition, care and takes the time to answer all our questions.
When choosing a vet, make sure you schedule an appointment where you can talk to them and get to know them and feel out their personality. Ask lots of questions, mention what you feed your pets and see how they react. Mention your philosophy of care for your pets and see how they react. If they offer any information to help out, that is a good sign. Also ask how they operate doing spays and neuters. If they are still old school and use scissors and they are not into laser surgery or are not up on the latest technology which helps your pet to heal faster and is safer, then don’t stay. You are paying these people lots of money for caring for your pets. Make sure this is someone you feel completely comfortable leaving your pets with. If there is any doubt, find another vet.
Four points to remember: Care (do they offer great care for your pets?), comfort (how comfortable are you leaving your pet with this vet?), personable (can you ask questions and do they offer information that you can easily understand?), cost (do they charge astronomical amounts for services that other vets would not?). If those are covered and you are happy with the answers you receive, then the vet is a good one!
You can search for a vet in your area here. You can specify the distance as well. Just call them up and make an appointment, or talk to the receptionist/staff that answers the phone. If you don’t like the way they sound, chances are this is a good indication that you won’t like the vet either. What some vets don’t realize is that the staff they choose is just as important as their practice. If the staff is not friendly and they do not answer your questions, chances are the vet won’t be accommodating either.
You will know when you have found the right vet, trust your gut.