Ensuring our pets receive the best of veterinary care is a very important factor many pet owners are concerned about.
These days, veterinary hospitals and clinics seem to be popping up on every street corner. So, selecting a veterinarian most suited to your pet can be quite daunting.
So, in this article, we’ll briefly cover the steps you should take in order to pick the best vet for your pet!
Explore The Different Veterinary Clinics In Your Area
Do you have a dog? a cat? or a crazy exotic pet?
When it comes to choosing the best vet, you want to look for a clinic that’s best suited to your pets needs.
In Australia, you can have different types of veterinary practices. This can include small animal clinics, mixed practice, exotic only animal clinics, large animal clinics or small animal only clinics.
Get A Second Opinion
Sometimes pet owners often find their ideal veterinarian based on what they’ve heard about a specific vet. This means that when searching for the perfect veterinarian you should ask other pet owners what vet they take their pet to and how the service is.
If you’re unsure as to who and where you can ask. Try visiting your local dog parks, pet stores or pet rescues. Speak to people who you know take good care of their pets.
Look At Reviews on Google and Facebook
Most often, reputable veterinary clinics will often have multiple reviews on google. Now, when it comes to any kind of review, it’s important to simply take them with a pinch of salt. That is, if you see a couple of bad reviews then that doesn’t necessarily mean the vet practice is bad.
Most veterinary clinics often have an active Facebook page as well. Since veterinary clinics are a business you’re going to be able to see all the recent reviews posted by clients.
The purpose of reading reviews is to simply give you a glimpse of a clients perspective. While some reviews can be biased or unfair, it is important to not penalize the veterinary clinic based on their rating and review.
Visit the Veterinary Clinic For the First Time
Sometimes if you want to choose the right vet then the best thing to do is to take your pet to a veterinary clinic of your choice.
When you visit that clinic make the following observations:
- The number of staff present: All clinics have a different vet to vet assistant ratio. Generally, the busier the clinic, the more staff you’ll have. If the staff seem like they aren’t bombarded with a lot of work and can help you with your queries then this is a good sign of adequate staff numbers!
- The waiting time in the waiting room: Do the staff members attend to you and your pet almost immediately? Generally, you may have to wait no more than 10 to 15 minutes in order to a vet technician to come and take your dog. Vet techs are the people who will take the basics such as heart rate, breathing rate, temperature and weight.
Get To Know Your Vet and their Staff!
In the Veterinary School at Massey University, New Zealand. The Veterinary Institute teaches future vets how to properly interact with people. In fact, one of the most common issue clients complain about is a vet inability to properly communicate with their customers.
Think about it! You love your pet and want to make sure that they will be well cared for. If you have an intimidating veterinarian things might not be as appealing.
However, if you have a veterinarian who’s sincere, bubbly, and truly concerned about your pet’s health then you’re more likely going to visit that vet again.
Veterinary Expenses, Fees, and Payment plans
If you don’t have pet insurance, then you probably know that vet bills can get really high. If you believe you may not be financially capable of paying a few veterinary bills then its highly recommended that you speak to your vet about fees & payment plans.
Many veterinarians who offer flexible payment plans or financial advice on funding a surgery, do it because they truly care about the well-being of a pet. Ideally, you should speak to your veterinarian about the cost of routine procedures such as vaccinations, deworming, routine blood tests and physical exams in order to get an idea of the average yearly costs you might expect to spend.
While vet care can be pricey, it’s important to remember that sometimes emergencies happen! So, as pet owners, we need to make sure we have taken all the precautions in case of emergency.
This is why pet insurance can become a lifesaver for your wallet! Not only will pet insurance save your pet but, it will also ensure you vet is paid the full amount.
Why Doesn’t My Vet Make Prices Cheaper?
Veterinary bills can indeed be pricey and it can also be the most frustrating time for pet owners. It’s important to remember that veterinarians and vet technicians are perhaps the most underpaid and overworked people in the medical field.
Unfortunately, veterinarians cannot completely cross out your vet bill because they too need to support their families. However, veterinarians who provide a flexible payment plan tend to be more understanding.
Take Your Pet To Other Vets!
You are by no means obligated to take your pet to a single veterinarian. So, if you have more than one cat or dog you can try and take them each to different veterinarians. This will allow you to explore and engage different clinics.
When it comes to choosing the right vet for your pet, there are many considerations owners must take into account. However, it’s crucial to remember that all vets go through extensive training and education in order to do what they can. So, from a medical perspective, all vets are equally good at what they do. It’s also important to bear keep in mind that some veterinarian clinics may have specialists who undergo more training in a special field. So, generally, if a clinic has a few specialists then this is positive and can indicate the clinics’ popularity.
Do you have tips on how to find the right vet? Let us know in comments below!