How to choose a vet

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How to choose a vet

For all pet owners, or house sitters caring for pets, making sure they are providing their beloved companion with the best possible veterinary care is a high priority - but how do you decide which one is the right choice for you? Below are some things you should consider before deciding which vet you enroll your pet with, to ensure you’re making a good choice.

Understand what you want most from your vet

It’s important that you know what you want most from your new vet, as this will make it easier to narrow down your options to a standout choice. Are you after the clinic at the lowest prices? Or perhaps the vet that is the closest proximity to your home? Maybe your pet has a special medical condition and you want your new vet to have had plenty of experience caring for others with this condition. Whatever sits atop the list of requirements that you’re looking for in a vet, make sure you take the time to ask yourself this question before going any further in your search.

Check out online reviews

One of the easiest ways to gain a general understanding of how happy a business’ customers are, is to check out their online reviews. Look up different practices online and see what their customers are saying about the experiences they’ve had taking their pets to that vet. When you find a vet that has many positive reviews from happy clients, you’ll feel much more comfortable taking your pet here. Also, take the time to speak with family and friends about which vet they use or have used in the past, and how high a standard the service they’ve received from them was.

Location, Location, Location

How far away your vet is to your home is very important. Not only will a vet close to your home save on commuting time, but it’ll also reduce the amount of stress your pet has to endure if they aren’t particularly fond of trips in the car or being transported in a carry cage. Most importantly, if you have an emergency situation arise with your pet and you need to get them to the vet immediately, having to travel only a short distance to your practice can have an effect on the nature of the outcome.

Despite this, you can’t automatically opt for whichever vet is closest to you, as there may be another just down the road that provides a much better overall experience for both you and your pet.

Pay your local vet a visit

By scheduling a visit with your local vet in advance, you can be shown around their facilities and check the overall cleanliness of the practice. You can also take this time to ask important questions you have about enrolling your pet with them. Consider asking them how much experience their practice has had caring for your pet type/breed, what emergency services they provide, the backgrounds of the staff and how many registered veterinarians are working there, and the cost of routine visits. 

If the staff are warm, friendly, and happy to answer all of your questions, this is a great sign that future trips to the vet will be a good experience, which is especially important at times of more seriousness when compassion is greatly appreciated.

You can also check whether the pets that are waiting in reception are relaxed. Many pets never enjoy their trip to a vet, but a quiet vet reception is always a great sign.

Choose the vet with experience caring for your pet

All vets will be well versed in providing care for cats and dogs, but if you are one of the many Kiwi pet owners with another type of pet, you'll want to make sure that your new potential vet has plenty of experience with your species. If you own a bird, rodent, rabbit, amphibian, or reptile, be sure to enquire with any potential vet how much experience their practice has cared for them. 

Dog and cat owners should also enquire about the level of experience they have caring for that particular breed, as different breeds have different medical conditions they’re more likely to develop. This will ensure you have peace of mind that your beloved pet is in great hands if they require a trip to the vet.

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