Selecting a Vet for your Pet

The best proven method to select a veterinarian is to visit one and then decide. A prior appointment should be taken and the staff should be informed before bringing the pet along. A little bit of information can be also taken on the phone about the profile of the veterinarian.

The owner can even ask to talk with the veterinarian directly, and if he is busy doing a surgery, a message can be left to contact back. Another good method is to consult other friends who are pet owners. Since they will already be having more experience in this regard, they can be of good help. If there isn’t familiarity with such people the local humane society, catteries and kennels can be contacted. Sometimes the price can be a problem for many people. Such people can approach veterinarians who are working in a blue collar locality.

Veterinarians are people who usually are very compassionate about pets. But some of them can lack communication skills in spite of being highly qualified, but they still will be specialized in their fields. A good veterinarian would stand close to the owner, like less than three feet. He will maintain constant eye contact and will address the pet by its name. While talking, he will smile and run his fingers through the fur of the pet. Disinterest and hurrying to finish the examination are bad indications. And if the veterinarian is really busy, it is better to opt for a veterinarian who can give more time.

The interiors of the office are another clue about the veterinarian抯 nature. The office should be clean and odor free. The waiting room can also give lots of input about the vet. Flyers and displays can divulge whether the veterinarian is part of any community and social organizations. Notices which say that payment is supposed to be paid after examination and fine will be placed if appointment is not cancelled before hand aren抰 good indications. In the examination room, the equipments and instruments should be disinfected and organized neatly. The selection of staff also should be observed as the veterinarian will select staff which has similar nature as his. If the receptionist doesn抰 talks well, so will the veterinarian. Not only should the talking be good, but she should have a good attitude. She should look up when a person enters the room and give him a smile. Her telephone conversation can also say a lot of things. The number of staff members should also be considered. If there is a larger staff, it shows that the veterinarian is really busy and cannot give adequate time to the owner and his pet.

After the veterinarian is chosen, the next step should be bond creation. Appointments can be taken for routine physical examination which can give time to interact with the veterinarian and knows about the pet in depth. Emergency visit leaves very little time for in depth communication. It is always recommended to bring in only one pet at a time and not the whole lot. Otherwise, the veterinarian won抰 be able to give individual and detailed attention to one animal.

Mornings are the best time to get appointments as the veterinarian will be having lots of free time on hand with less number of patients to see at that time. Another thing to be kept in mind is that a family member should accompany the pet who is more informed and usually makes visits to the veterinarian. He or she should be familiar with the history of the animal; otherwise it can create great confusion. This family member can maintain his own personal log and can note down questions about the pet prior to the appointment. Before going ahead with the treatment, the estimated cost should be discussed with the staff and the vet.

It is a very good idea to get the pet examined by the vet before deciding to buy it. Appointment can be made with the vet and seller. The vet can not only determine the health conditions, but also the nature of the pet. This is a great help which can facilitate owner decision.


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