• 1 705 828 3997
  • Contact Us
  • Member Login
  • Get Listed Today

Posted by: AnimalDoctors.ca on 03/24/2017

HOW TO FIND A GOOD VET

HOW TO FIND A GOOD VET

When finding a good veterinarian, it is important to always do your due diligence. Your pet is a part of your family, so how do you find the best caregiver for your loved one? Here are a few points to help you. 

ASK A FRIEND OR RELATIVE

Word of mouth is one way to find out. Ask for referrals, read reviews and ask specific questions. Questions such as how long has your pet been a patient? What type of treatment does the vet provide? What were the health problems and how was it treated? 

Make a short list of potential clinics and animal hospitals. When visiting ask questions such as how long has the vet been practicing veterinary medicine. What kind of pain management do they practice? Are they capable of performing routine care as well as emergency care? How do you feel when greeted by the staff? The staff should produce confidence that your pet will be in caring hands. You can also ask for a tour to see where your pet will be kept. Is it clean? Is there foul odours? Will my pet be comfortable in the cage? 

PERSONALITY

Veterinarians are caring, compassionate, empathetic medical professionals who will tend to you and your pet’s needs. A good vet is upbeat, smiling and always willing to answer your questions. During the routine the vet should not act like they are in a hurry or rush to finish the exam. 

COST

Ask the veterinarian up front what will be the cost for visits, treatments, boarding and medications. It is important to ask the vet what are the cost before your pet has a problem. In an emergency you may be so distracted that you may not be able to focus what the vet is saying. If you pet is staying for an extended period of time, the veterinarian should provide a daily update as well if any costs of further treatment. 

GOOD MEDICAL STANDING

A phone call to your provincial veterinary association or college can confirm if the Veterinarians that you have considered to care for your pet is in good medical standing to practice veterinary medicine. Veterinary associations and colleges enforce standards, license and handle complaints. 

WHO WILL TREAT MY PET?

Clinics with multiple doctors may work as a team approach. Your pet may or may not see the same Vet each visit while some clinics ensure that you do. Both methods are effective but the owner should be aware and be comfortable with it. 

WHAT ARE THE HOURS?

Confirm that the vet clinic hours coincide with your schedule. You can ask if you can drop off your pet before regular opening hours and if you can pick them up after hours. It is useful as well if you have to pick up food or medication 


Top Rated Pet Insurance
PetSmart

10 Tips on Finding the Right Veterinarian