6 questions for picking the right veterinarian

6 questions for picking the right veterinarian

If you've recently adopted a dog, cat or an exotic lizard, or you're a pet owner who has moved to a new town, make sure you put the selection of a vet on your to-do list before you face an emergency.

6 questions to ask when choosing a new veterinarian:

  1. What are your hours?  You should try to choose a vet with high availability. Vets that are open 24 hours or are at least on-call late at night will be better in case your pet has a medical emergency.
  2. Can I talk to some of your current clients?  Ask around and see if those people are happy with the care that their pet has received.
  3. What other services do you provide?  Some vets will board your pet and groom them, as well as provide medical services. This can be a great advantage when looking for a safe place to house your pet if you are going out of town.
  4. Do you specialize in anything? Ask if they specialize in any kind of care that your pet may need or if they work in a partnership with any other vets in the area who might.
  5. What types of animals do you treat or can you treat? If you have an exotic pet, be sure that the vet has the right training to treat it properly. 
  6. Can I take a tour of your office? You should be leery of any vet that won’t let you investigate their office before you take your pet in for treatment. He or she should not have anything to hide.

Getting the answer to these questions can help protect the health of your pet. Use Angie's List to read consumer reviews on highly rated veterinarians in your area.

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