Looking for a new veterinarian? You may have just moved, or you might have a new pet, or maybe your old vet retired. Whatever the reason, if you’re searching for a veterinarian for your dog, the following three articles provide a number of helpful tips and tricks to help narrow down your search for a doggie doctor. Like you, we love our dogs, and safety is always our first priority.
Good Veterinarians are Busy PetMD.com provides a list of what to look for in a new veterinarian, and among our favorites on the list is a technique that more people should use: look for a busy waiting room! If you visit a veterinarian several times and there are no people or pets in the lobby, you might ask yourself “hmm… I wonder which veterinarian everyone else is visiting?” https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/picking-right-vet-cheat-sheet
More is Better The Humane Society has put together a solid list of things to look for in a new vet, and they’ve also been kind enough to add a few tips on how to be a good client/patient for your veterinarian, so the link below is definitely worth a visit. In our opinion, the best advice here is to look for a veterinary office with more than one doctor, that way you’re more likely to have access to emergency help if you ever need it. http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/choosing_a_veterinarian.html.
Look For AAHA Accreditation You may not have heard of the American Animal Hospital Association, but they are dedicated to making sure all veterinarians provide pet care of superior quality. To do this, they’ve built a set of accreditation guidelines that encompass over 900 standards of veterinary care, and they send evaluation agents our regularly to ensure accredited pet hospitals are up to snuff. Less than 20% of veterinarians in the US and Canada are accredited, so if you can find one near you that’s a good thing! https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/about_aaha/default.aspx.
Thanks for reading, and we hope you’re all staying safe out there!