Finding a good veterinarian for your pet is just as important as finding a good doctor for yourself. Below are some tips on finding a vet who is as compassionate about your pet as you are.

  • Ask other pet owners you know and trust for their vet recommendations.
  • Make an appointment to visit the facility and meet the veterinarians and staff before taking your pet in for the first appointment.
  • Choose a doctor with a personality you are comfortable with.
  • If you have exotic pets, ensure that the vet and staff are experienced with the type of pet you have.
  • Ask if the veterinarians on staff belong to any professional organizations or are affiliated with local humane societies or shelters.
  • Visit the animal care sections where pets stay overnight due to surgery or illness.  A good facility will keep this area clean, odor-free, temperature controlled and comfortable at all times.
  • Ask if you are allowed to be with your pet during exams or euthanasia procedures.
  • Find out if the facility offers emergency services or if they refer patients to other facilities after hours.
  • Ask about payment policies.  You will want to be familiar with payment options before the first vet visit.