How to Find the Best Vet for Your Pooch

How to find the best vet for your pooch is about providing the best care for your dog. Dogs have a way of working their way into our heart and becoming more than just an everyday pet. If you have a pet dog then the chances are that they have become a firm member of your family. For this reason alone you are going to want to make sure that they receive the best veterinary care, which involves the best choice of vet. You probably wouldn’t visit a doctor with a bad reputation, and you will want the same for your dog.

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Look Now

The last thing you want to do is leave the choice until the very last second when your dog is injured or badly hurt. If your dog has an accident or becomes very ill, you don’t want this to be the time when you are trying to find the best vet for your pooch. Instead, look for someone now, so that should the worst happen you know exactly where to take your pet.

What Kind of Vet Are You Looking For?

There are different vets that all have their own specialist areas and areas of expertise. You need to think about what you need from a vet and then set about finding someone who matches your checklist. If your dog is a breed prone to hereditary conditions for example then you’re going to want a vet with knowledge in this field.

On-Going Vet Treatments

As much as emergency care and attention is greatly needed, you also want a vet that can help with regular checkups and treatments. For example, you want them to give the best working flea and tick control treatment possible. Therefore, make sure that they are able to offer these services too.

Researching the Best Vet for Your Dog

Once you have found a vet or two that you think matches your needs, do a little research. The internet makes it easy for you to read up on other customers reviews and experiences. You could also phone the vet office with questions and see how helpful they are in answering them.

You want someone on the other end of the phone that is friendly and knowledgeable. Use this phone call to gauge whether you think they are the right fit for you and your dog.

Listen To Your Pet

Once you have found a vet that you would like to use, take your pet along. Most vets will offer check-up types of appointments for new patients. You can use this to see how happy your pet is to go. The chances are that your pet will be a bit nervous so you have to allow for this. That said your vet should be used to this and be able to put your dog at ease. As long as your pooch is reasonably happy in the vet office then this is a good sign.

That said, if at any time you aren’t happy with how your dog is being treated then don’t be afraid to change vets. The chances are there are a number of local vet offices to choose from, so finding someone else to treat your dog should be easy. Just make sure you start the research process in time to help find a suitable vet.

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9 Responses:

  1. John

    - 24th Apr, 17 10:04am

    I thought the article had some really helpful suggestions. It says that you should start looking in advance instead of leaving the decision until the very last second. I think this is a great idea since it would give you ample time to get referrals and do your homework. My wife and I want to get a dog, but we also want to make sure it gets the proper care it needs. Choosing a good vet is definitely a top priority on our list.

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  2. Precious Leyva

    - 19th Apr, 17 04:04pm

    A pet is a part of a family to so many people. That’s why finding the perfect vet is crucial for pet owners. I like the idea of bringing my pet to a clinic and letting he or she decide if it’s a good place for them. That’s something I will do in the future.

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  3. Troy Blackburn

    - 11th Jan, 17 09:01am

    That’s interesting what you mentioned about how the first time you bring your dog to the vet, your dog will be nervous and the vet should be able to demonstrate their calming skills. I’ve heard that a lot of vets prefer that you don’t feed your dog prior to visiting so that they can give the dog treats to reinforce positive behavior. That seems like a smart thing to do! I’ll have to keep this great info in mind as I try to find the perfect clinic for my retriever!

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  4. olivia nelson

    - 28th Dec, 16 05:12pm

    I agree that you need to consider the type of veterinarian you are looking for. I would imagine that the different types of vets would be good for different occasions so you would need to research them. I’m looking for a vet for my new puppy so I’ll have to find one that matches my needs.

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  5. Jalu Sakti

    - 9th Nov, 16 03:11pm

    I like your idea of bringing your pet to your first visit in a vet clinic! I think that’s a good idea because you can see not only how your dog reacts, but also how the vet reacts to your dog. If you get a good feeling by watching how they work with animals, that place is probably a viable option for your dog. We are planning on getting a dog, next week, so we’ll have to try all of these things out, once we start looking for a vet for him.

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  6. Olivia Nelson

    - 15th Sep, 16 04:09pm

    I like your tip on taking your pet along with you to scope out the vet office. I would imagine that your pet could tell you a lot about how they will feel in the office just by their body language. I recently moved so when I go find a new vet for my lab I’ll have to remember to take her along with me when I go check them out.

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  7. Jen Pack

    - 19th Jan, 16 05:01pm

    My family and I just got a new dog and we are looking for a vet that will work best with him and with us so we really appreciate these tips. I like the idea you give of starting to look as soon as you get a pet and not only when you need one. I imagine that if you wait you might rush the process of picking a vet and you might not find the right one. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. June Robinson

    - 22nd Dec, 15 01:12pm

    My husband and I just got a new dog for our kids and we want to make sure we help keep it healthy, so I really appreciate this information. I like the tip you give of looking for a vet or vet clinic for your dog before you are in need of one. That way, you will already be prepared if/when the dog gets sick. We will start looking around this weekend, thanks for sharing this!

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    • WayCoolDogs (author comment)

      - 4th Jan, 16 02:01am

      You are very welcome, June. You and your vet will be best friends during the lifetime of your new pet. Good luck and enjoy your new addition!


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