Your pet is like a member of your family, so you will naturally want the very best when it comes to veterinary care. With this is mind, what should you be looking out for when choosing a vet for your pet?
A good way to begin choosing vets for pets is to get referrals and recommendations from pet lovers like yourself, perhaps from owners of the same type or breed as your own pet. Of course, advertisements give details of veterinarian services, but personal recommendations are always the best.
It always makes sense to schedule an appointment at the clinic you are considering for your pet. This will give you a chance to interview the veterinarian and to meet the staff members. Many practices allow you to bring your pet along to this initial interview, though you may also be charged for the visit. When you attend the clinic, make sure that the staff are willing to answer any questions you may have and will provide you with a brief tour of the facility. Take this opportunity to check the areas designated for animal care for cleanliness and comfort. Ask yourself whether the facility offers a peaceful and professional environment where you would be happy to leave your pet if the need arose.
Check to see whether your prospective veterinarian is associated with any professional organizations or local humane societies. Remember to insist upon specific standards and guidelines regarding facilities, equipment, care of animals and staffing. You can also check to see whether employees and assistants at the clinic are licensed. The PDSA is a veterinary charity that offers free advice for pet owners, for pet care you will need to reside in the associated area and be claiming Housing Benefit or Tax Benefit. The centre will expect you to pay a small amount for the treatment given. Other Charities that may be able to help include Blue Cross, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust. Peace of mind can be obtained by getting Insurance for your pet.
Standard treatments such as Neutering, Micro Chipping, Worming and Animal Behaviour are readily available as well as Pet passports, Surgical facilities, Radiography, Dental facilities, Blood glucose testing and X-ray are available. Some vets offer Pet Care Plans which covers things like annual vaccinations, flea removal and worming. Online vets may also offer live help whereby you can type in a question and get an instant diagnosis from an expert.
Vets may offer a 24hr emergency and critical care service but remember that this will incur extra costs.
Above all, when deciding on vets for pets, you should trust your instincts and select a clinic where you know your pet will be properly cared for.