Finding a Veterinarian

When it comes to finding a veterinarian, the sooner the better. In fact, if you’re getting ready to purchase or adopt a dog, it’s a great idea to decide on a veterinarian even before you bring your new dog home for the first time. When your dog is sick or hurt, you want to be able to get him the help he needs right away and will not want to waste precious time searching for a veterinarian.

Finding the right veterinarian for your dog can be time consuming, but it is well worth it. When your furry friend is in need of medical attention, you will be glad to place him in the hands of someone you know and trust. To begin your search, ask friends and family who own dogs for referrals. Other referral sources may include obedience schools, dog groomers, breeders, or boarding kennels. Once you have one or more referrals, you can check out the different clinics. Most dog owners feel more comfortable choosing a veterinarian once they’ve seen the clinic.

Also, what specific services do they offer? X-rays? Ultrasound? Endoscopy? Surgery? Every veterinarian is different, and it’s important that you are confident enough in yours to be willing to leave your sick or injured dog in his/her hands. She/he should be knowledgeable and friendly, willing to really listen to you and address any of your questions or concerns. In the case of an illness or injury, she/he should always explain the diagnosis and treatment in a way that you can understand and be willing to clarify if necessary. Also, your veterinarian and the rest of the clinic staff should treat your dog with kindness and respect.

Do some research, and you will find the clinic and doctor that are a perfect fit for you and your dog.