There are quite a few service providers in life that are not easy to choose – hairdresser, dentist and doctor come to mind. But a vet is another one which can be difficult so we thought we would give you a few pointers.
Your choice of vet should make you comfortable and show the following:
- A willingness to listen, to answer questions, and to communicate easily. As someone who is new to taking
care of a pet, you want to feel able to ask your vet anything.
- Your vet should be kind and patient. If you are a new mom or dad to an animal, you are going to need to know the basics. Your vet should be able to walk you through these without making you feel like an idiot.
- Professional skills. Does your vet keep up with the latest developments in the veterinary field that will help your animal
- Accessibility. Will the vet be available, especially in a crisis?
- Generous nature. Are you just a money machine for your vet’s office? You want to feel as if they are taking into account your costs.
- Love of animals. Surprisingly, many people choose to become vets not because they love animals, but simply as a way of making a living. Does your vet have animals at home? Is he warm and comfortable around your animals when you bring them to the clinic?
- Referral from a friend. This can be a good way to find a good vet, but remember, just because the referral came from a friend does not mean that friend has done his research. Again, if something does not feel right, find a vet on your own.
- This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully, it will help you to pinpoint the right person for you and for your animal. Our animals give us so much that the least we can do for them is to find the best doctor around.