Our furry friends are members of our family, and just like any other member of our family, we need to be sure that if they get sick, they get the best possible level of care. If you haven’t had a pet before or you’ve just moved to a new area, then finding the right vet can be tough. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that you are making the best possible decision.
Recommendations are the easiest way to find out whether a vet is right for you. Speak to the other pet owners that you know or ask at your local animal shelter to see if they have a vet they would particularly recommend.
If you are new to an area, social media can be a great way to both get recommendations and meet new people, as most areas will have a Facebook page for their local community groups.
Location and accessibility
Even if your pet is perfectly happy in the car, you probably don’t want your vet to be too far away from you in case there is an emergency, and you need to get them there quickly. Even if it isn’t an emergency, who wants to travel distances they don’t have to?
It’s also a good idea to ensure that it’s easy to actually get in to see a vet at the clinic you choose. For example, the Easy Vet Frisco vet clinic provides a walk-in service, meaning that in an emergency, you should be able to get your pet seen quickly.
Let your pet decide
Once you have narrowed down your choices of vet clinics, take your pet in to meet the vet. Most vets will want to do a quick check-up of any new clients, and it’s a good opportunity for you to see how they interact both with you and your furry friend.
It’s normal for an animal to be a little wary in a veterinary office as it’s often loud, and it will be unfamiliar. However, if your pet really doesn’t like the vet, then it could definitely be worth considering finding a new one, as you don’t want to be causing unnecessary stress every time you have to go.
If you have a dog or a cat, then you are probably going to be able to take them to most veterinary clinics. However, if you have a more unusual pet such as a reptile or a horse, then you will need to make sure that the veterinary practice that you choose has some specialist knowledge of looking after those types of animals, and the facilities to do so. For example, if you have a horse, then you will need a vet who is willing to visit you as you are unlikely to be able to fit your horse in through the clinic doors!
Insurance & Payment
When choosing your vet, you need to be sure that they accept the insurance provider that you use. If you don’t already have insurance, then your vet may be able to recommend a provider – although it’s also a very good idea to shop around.