Choosing to take care of an animal in your life is a responsibility that many people tend to take on. When you decide to take in a pet, whether it’s a dog, a cat, a ferret, or something in-between, you are responsible from that moment onward to take care of their nutritional needs, their safety, health, and all other aspects of care related to your pet. It’s absolutely vital that you find a veterinarian who is able to provide the extensive care and professionalism that you require. We’ve spoken with the veterinarian staff over at Wellesley Animal Hospital to gather some important tips on how to decide on a vet for you and your animals.
Prompt Communication & Responsiveness
It’s important that your vet not only responds to your questions and concerns in a timely manner, but in a professional manner as well. Sharing your concerns and questions with the potential veterinarian is one of the first steps that should be done when deciding on a vet to use. You can also use the internet, or call around to breeders and shelters in the area, to gather their feedback for certain veterinarians and their business practices.
Certifications & Accreditation
The next step in your course of action should be to gather all of the information you can regarding the veterinary practice’s certifications, licenses, and other possible awards and recognitions. In general, some high-quality clinics for your animals are American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) certified, but, don’t let this be a major turnoff for an other-wise excellent animal care clinic.
State of the Facility
One of the most important things to take into consideration when deciding on a vet is the state and cleanliness of their facility. If they don’t have up to date, clean and sterile medical equipment, that should be a major red flag. There are many shady veterinarians that are more than willing to take your money in exchange for poorly-rendered services, that could end up causing more problems and issues in the long run.
Transparent and Open Staff
Another important aspect to consider when deciding on a vet is the staff there. To me and my family, going through the animal hospital on a tour, and seeing and interacting with the employees is another step to go through. Any hospital worth it’s weight will be proud to take you through the building, showing their rooms, areas, procedural rooms, and other items. Of course, if an animal is undergoing a procedure, don’t expect to be shown that!
In conclusion, it’s important that the veterinarian you decide on not only shows you a professional demeanor, but also makes you feel comfortable leaving your pets in their care. Go with your gut, if you have any kind of uneasy feelings or get any sense of things going on weirdly, check out another location! Interact with the staff and employees at the clinics, and make sure they are happy and friendly, and provide you peace of mind.