Choosing the right veterinarian isn't always an easy process.
In fact it can be just
as difficult as finding the right pediatrician for your
children, or finding the right
physician for yourself. However, there is a way to make better
decisions with less
stress just by following a few easy steps, and asking the right
Make a vet list.
Call the breeder clubs or specialty pet shops in your
Ask others, "What is it that makes your vet so good?"
Re-examine your values.
Make a list of the vets in your immediate area, your friend's
and those recommended by clubs, animal organizations and pet
stores. You may
want two vets. One for emergencies within five miles and one
you trust and like
the most for regular care. This vet may be a longer drive, but
Everyone says their vet is good or great. But when asking
others the right
questions, the real answers will come out. You could find out
they do not have
much to rave about after all. While doing your research, you
may start to notice
that the veterinarian your friends use is prescribing the same
treatment for all his/her patients, regardless of their
Finally, re-examine your values. Everyone has their own values,
beliefs, and everyone feels that his/hers are the right ones.
Never settle or back
down on your beliefs when trying to find the right doctor. It
will only cause more
serious problems in the long run. It is normal to disagree on
However, if your beliefs are on completely opposite ends of the
looking. You should not have to disagree on treatments for your
pet. Your vet
should give professional support of your ideals and decisions.
veterinarian is out there. Just don't be afraid to ask
This brings us to the last and most important step in choosing
veterinarian. Be a little weary of gimmicks. Some veterinarians
products because they make a large profit by selling them, and
because they believe in the effect. Do not to be fooled by a
veterinarian trying to
make an extra buck.