Choosing A Good Cat Vet

October 14, 2010

in Cats

If you own any type of pet, you will obviously need to find a pet at some point. Be like a Boy Scout, and always be prepared. Don’t wait tell that drastic moment to find a vet. When looking for a pet, immediately begin to think about finding a vet as well. Be picky with your vet, as they are taking care of a member of your family.

When looking for a vet you must consider excellent pet skills, but never forget that there should be excellent people skills as well. Your animal cannot communicate in the same way as you, so you and the vet must be able to have a strong relationship in order to meet the needs of your pet.

What is your approach to pet care? Are you very conservative when it comes to giving medications? Do you believe the animal should be vaccinated every year? Do you like the idea of holistic care? Do you want a general practitioner or a specialist? After you decide what your approach is, find a vet that thinks like you do.

Some Steps you can use to find that perfect vet:

* Ask like-minded friends for referrals

Visit vet offices

o Are you warmly greeted? Are the staff courteous and professional

o Will the receptionist let you meet with the vet briefly?

o Is the office area clean?

o Are cats and dogs separated?

o Are emergency services available afterhours? What ER does the clinic use?

o How many vets are in practice?

o Is the location agreeable to you?

o How does the costs fit into your budget?

o Check for membership in the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA membership means that a veterinary hospital has voluntarily pursued and met AAHA’s standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care. Basically they meet a national standard of best practices.

o What does your gut say??? Go with it!

One thing to consider is that if you make an appointment and do not feel satisfied, look elsewhere. Breaking up can be hard to do, but you are the voice for your animal. If you feel uncomfortable chances are so does your pet.

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