Selecting a Veterinarian for Your Dog
Whether you just moved to a new community or recently adopted your first pet, you'll need to find a veterinarian. In many families, a veterinarian ranks as a second family doctor, so it is important for you to trust and feel comfortable with your selection. Here are some suggestions on how to find a veterinarian.
- Yellow Pages. Let your fingers do the walking. This may be one of the easiest ways to find a veterinarian. You can find out the veterinary clinic's address and sometimes the business hours. But, just because the clinic is nearby, doesn't mean you and your new vet will hit it off. After selecting a promising veterinarian, schedule an interview to meet him or her before bringing your pet for a checkup or treatment.
- Internet. Searching the web may reveal qualified veterinarians in your area. Several search engines also have vet locators to help you find a veterinarian. If you cannot find a veterinarian in your area, search for local animal organizations. Often, these will have lists of veterinarians in your area.
- Breeder. If you purchased your new pet from a local breeder, ask him/her for a referral or recommendation. Breeders frequently have well established relationships with veterinarians and you may even find that this veterinarian has a special interest or knowledge in the breed you have chosen.
- Word of Mouth. This is probably one of the best means of finding a veterinarian. Ask your friends, neighbors or co-workers which veterinarian they use and why. Be aware though that the veterinarian your friends use may not be the best choice for you and your family.
Regardless of how you choose a veterinarian, developing a relationship takes work. Make sure you understand everything your veterinarian says. Don't be afraid to question anything and keep questioning until you fully understand the answer. If you do not feel comfortable with your veterinarian, try to resolve the issues. If you do not see any way to resolve your problems, consider seeking a different veterinarian.