Jul 15, 2010

Finding a Great Vet - No Matter Where You Live

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Finding the right Vet for your puppy/dog is well worth the effort it will take. Ideally, you will want to find someone who is easy to share your thoughts about your dog with. This way, you will feel more comfortable expressing your concerns and thoughts about your dog’s health. Not only do you need to trust your Vet, but also you need the Vet you choose to trust your (the owner’s) intuition. Here is how to shop for a Vet:

Call each Vegetarian on your list to schedule a consultation before you bring home your new puppy/dog. Ask if there is a fee when you set up the appointment.
Arrive for your appointment with a list of questions. Talk to both the doctor and the staff to get a better idea of how the office operates. Sit in the waiting room for a while to soak up the atmosphere and get an idea how the staff interacts with patients.
Veterinary Interview List
Print out the list of questions below to guide your interview with your new Veterinary

Veteterinarians Name: __________________________________

Date of consultation: _____________________________

Questions to Consider after the Interview:
1. Did you feel comfortable talking with the doctor and staff?
2. Are the doctor’s philosophies and communication style in line with your own?
3. Would you feel comfortable asking him or her any question, however silly it might seem?
4. Is the staff friendly, efficient, and helpful?
5. is the office easy to reach and is the staff accessible in case of emergencies?
6. Is the office inviting to adults and your pets, or is it too sterile or messy for you?
7. Does the Vet seem to know about the latest medical advances?
8. Finally, look around. In the Vets office, what reading materials do they displayed for your reading pleasure?
9. Are there materials for you to take with you?
10. Do you find them interesting, informative, and educational?
11. Do they offer Grooming?
12. Do they offer boarding if you should go away?
13. Do they offer a pet taxi services?

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