Today’s PetMeds Spotlight is on choosing a vet. The best way to find a good veterinarian is by referral from people who have the same approach to pet care as you. A neighbor, or animal shelter worker are great choices to start.
Look in the phone book or online for “Veterinarians” and “Animal Hospitals,” and look for hours, and location. Check for certification by the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA certification means that a veterinary hospital has met AAHA’s standards in the areas of equipment and services provided.
When seeking a specialist, ask about board certification. This means the vet has studied additional years in the specialty area.
Once you’ve narrowed your search, schedule a visit to tour the facility.
Some questions to keep in mind when touring the facility:
Are appointments required?
How many veterinarians are in the practice?
Are dog and cat cages in separate areas?
Is the facility clean and well-organized?
Do the veterinarians have specialties such as diet and geriatrics?
Are diagnostics done “in-house” or referred to a specialist?
Which emergency services are available, and what are the times available?
Is location and parking convenient?
Are discounts for senior citizens or multi-pet households available?