Just like your family physician, not all vets are created equal. Whether you’re sitting in the waiting room or reading reviews online, here are a few things to consider when choosing a new vet for your furry friend.
As in human health, veterinary medicine is always improving. One of the most important elements of a good vet is their willingness to leave behind outdated practices in favor of new, healthier options for your pet. When in the waiting room, look around for pamphlets or promotional items that might indicate how long certain types of medicines or procedures have been used at your vet’s office. For example, recent posters or pamphlets for veterinary medical device sales companies are a good sign that your vet is in contact with companies that are modernizing veterinary medicine, rather than staying in the dark ages.
It’s important to have a good vibe about interactions between vet staff and your animal, but you can also get a pretty good idea of how a vet’s office works with pets by coming to your appointment early and checking out how other animals react to the vet. While many pets have anxiety about being in a new place, many vets are so pet-friendly that even anxious pets are really rather chill. If you notice signs of aggression between pets and vet staff, or the vet seems impatient with accidental messes or anxious pets, that’s probably a good sign to leave.
When it comes to the care of your pet, you might tend to be overprotective. That’s how many pet owners are, and if a vet gives poor service consistently, you’re likely to hear about it from online reviews. Search online for recommendations or signs of consistently negative care to weed out vets that aren’t going to jive well with you or your pet. Finding a good vet is one of the most important things you can do for your pet to make health maintenance and overall care less stressful, so look for vets with positive reviews that express patience with animals and friendly care.
The opinions of other pet owners can only take you so far. The most important way to find out if a vet is right for you and your pet is to make an appointment and try them out, staying in tune with your pet’s emotional state. Many vets also have boarding kennels nearby, so finding a vet your pet is comfortable with can also reduce your pet’s separation anxiety during kennel care.