I cannot overstate the importance of having a good veterinarian. Nor can I overstate the importance of developing a relationship with your vet before there’s an emergency. After all, do you really want to entrust your precious pup with someone you barely know?
Trust me, it’s worth it… even if it means you will have a few awkward conversations about whether you’re brushing your pup’s teeth or giving her too many treats.
You may be wondering how to choose the right veterinarian. After all, how do you know when you’ve found a good one? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell when you’ve got a keeper or when it’s time to move on.
Lucky for you, I’ve got a few tips to share.
Here are six things to look for when you’re searching for a veterinary practice… if it meets these threshold requirements, then you can start evaluating it on a more advanced level.
First, your vet should like animals.
Also, your vet should like the species of animal you need him to treat.
The practice should have a friendly and helpful staff. (Once, as one of the technicians took Bella to the back, I heard another staff member exclaim, “Oh, it’s Bella! I love her!” I was already a fan , but this just delighted me to no end.)
Your vet should be a smart cookie.
If possible, your vet should be attractive.
Your vet should listen to your concerns and discuss your options with you. Ideally, your vet will talk with you rather than at you. She won’t rush you out of the room, and will follow up as needed. (I can’t tell you how thankful I am that my vet follows up on serious issues and makes sure that the pups are doing okay.) Finally, a good vet will work with you to find a solution that works for you and your pups instead of just taking a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.
Obviously, I’m not an expert on what makes a good vet. However, I can tell you what it feels like to have a good relationship with your vet. I like our vets so much that I drive half an hour to get to them. Along the way, I pass many other veterinary practices, but none of them are my vet. I feel comfortable there, even though some visits are more stressful than others. We’ve developed a pretty good rapport over the years, which has come in handy now that Bella has become a frequent flier. Thank goodness they’re receptive to my constant phone calls.
So, if you’ve found a practice that satisfies these basic requirements, you’re ready to take your analysis to the next level. For some real tips on choosing a veterinarian, check out these great resources. (These too.) (And these.) (Oh, and these.) As you can see, smarter people than me have tackled this question. Just consider me a shepherd guiding you to useful information.
Too much? Sorry.
Anyway… do you have any tips for finding a good vet? Have you encountered any challenges when searching for your veterinary match? Share them in the comments!
Oh, and I was totally kidding about that attractive thing.