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Questions to ask when considering a Vet
Looking for a vet can stressful. You may be looking for a vet because of a recent move to a different city/state or simply because the other vet didn’t meet all of your needs as a dog owner. With many questions to ask when looking around for a vet, here are some of the most important ones. Here’s some questions that Very Important Paws (V.I.P) suggests you ask before deciding which vet is best for you.
- How long have you been a vet? This question will help you gather how experienced the veterinarian is. Don’t be afraid to ask about specific experiences the vet may have that can pertain to your dog. The more experience relating to your dog the more likely you are to hire the vet.
- Do you have experience dealing with older dogs? Even if your dog is still young it’s still important to ask this question. Your dog will one day be old and need more care than when he was a puppy.
- How many vets are at your office? Do you prefer to see them vet every time you take your dog in? This question is important based on your preference. If you insist on just seeing the head vet then you will need to let them know that you don’t want your dog seeing any other vet. Your dog may react differently to other vets in the same office. Personalities may clash.
- Will you see my pet if an emergency occurs? It’s comforting knowing that you can walk in and have the vet tend to your dog right away in case of an emergency. Some vets don’t do this so don’t forget to ask. Other vets will have recommendations on where to send your dog, but do you really want to be running around when it’s an emergency.
- What are your hours of operation? This falls under convenience. If you’re working 50 hours a week and can only take your dog in early mornings or on a Saturday, then you will want a vet that shows flexibility with their hours of operation.
- Do you offer after-hours care? If you prefer to take your dog to your personal vet for after-hours emergencies than this is crucial. If the vet does not offer this than they will most likely have a couple recommendations where you could go for after-hours.
- Is there an email address that you can best be reached at? Null this question if you prefer your point of contact to be by phone.
- Is there a parking lot easily accessible? How is the parking? Do you have to pay to park? Is it in a busy plaza? Will spaces be hard to come by? These are all factors to consider when exploring your options.