Dog Health & Care

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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24 Comments

  1. February 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    My wife and I have been wanting to find a vet that we can start taking our dog to, but we don’t know the full process. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to understand what kind of vet you’re looking for to find someone with experience in what you’re needing. Since we’re only needing basic things done, we’ll start looking for a general vet in our area!

  2. November 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    To celebrate our one year anniversary, my fiance and I adopted an adorable puppy, Boomer. We want to find the best veterinarian for him so that he is happy and healthy. It was really good advice to take him along and see his reaction to the place we choose to make sure he likes it.

  3. October 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm — Reply

    Thanks for your comment about how you should look for vets who can provide your pet with regular check-ups. I like how you said that you should be able to tell if your pet enjoyed seeing his doctor as well. My husband and I just moved, and we are looking for veterinarians in our area at pet hospitals for our husky.

  4. August 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    It’s interesting that you suggested seeing how excited your dog is to go to the vet and how that might be a good indication of what kind of place it is. I just moved to a new area and I’m looking for a vet that can take care of my cocker spaniel. I’ll have to watch my dog to see if she likes going to vet, and if she does, that might be the one we use.

  5. August 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    I recently found a puppy and decided to adopt him, so now I am hoping to find a great vet that can check him out and make sure that he stays healthy. So thank you for mentioning that I should make sure that I find a vet that will be able to help put my dog at ease. I’ll definitely keep that in mind while I search for a great vet clinic for my little puppy.

  6. August 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    That’s a good point that different vets can have different specializations. I heard that dogs and cats actually require a lot of different care. I got a kitten for my wife, so we’ll have to find a vet that’s familiar with cat care.

  7. July 31, 2017 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    I like that you mentioned considering what kind of veterinarian you need. It was nice that you suggested thinking about what specific treatments your pet needs when selecting a facility. My sister has a pet dog who is getting very old. Finding a pet clinic who specializes in her breed of dog could be essential in case of an emergency.

  8. June 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    I like that you talked about searching and reading vet reviews online. My dog had gotten a lot older, and I think I need to find a vet that can handle my dog’s growing health problems. I’ll try and use the internet to see what other customer’s have said. Thanks for the advice!

  9. June 12, 2017 at 8:02 am — Reply

    My fiance and I recently rescued a dog and are trying to find a vet that works well with him. I like that you pointed out that there are different kinds of vets who specialize and see different animals, which I hadn’t known before, so it’s good to find someone who sees dogs and maybe even find someone who works well with more timid dogs. I’ll be sure to call around to find a vet that will be a good fit for our newest addition so that he can get the care he needs.

  10. June 7, 2017 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I didn’t realize that observing your dog when taking them to a veterinary clinic can help you know if they are comfortable in that environment. My wife and I just adopted a husky puppy. Hopefully, we can use this info to help our pup grow strong and healthy. Thanks for the tips!

  11. June 5, 2017 at 8:53 am — Reply

    We just got a new dog in our family, so naturally we need to find some veterinary services. I like how you talked about doing some research on veterinary services before you go in. If we can find some good customer testimonials and experiences about veterinary services, I think we will find somewhere that we won’t regret going to with our new pup!

  12. May 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    I recently got a new dog, and I want to make sure he is getting the best medical care possible. It’s important that we find a qualified veterinarian that will provide quality service. As you said, there are different types of vets with different specialties, so we will have to find one that matches our needs. Thanks for sharing!

  13. April 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    I can see your point about finding online reviews. Any potential vet probably has some reviews online about them. I need to find primary care for my new puppy.

  14. April 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm — Reply

    These are some good ideas for finding a vet. It makes sense to start looking now, instead of when my dog actually needs a vet. We just bought a new Cocker Spaniel, and I want her to live a happy, healthy life!

  15. April 24, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

    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.

  16. April 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm — Reply

    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.

  17. January 11, 2017 at 9:59 am — Reply

    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!

  18. December 28, 2016 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    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.

  19. November 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    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.

  20. September 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    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.

  21. January 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    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!

  22. December 22, 2015 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    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!

    • January 4, 2016 at 2:40 am — Reply

      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!

      Nancy

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