Did you get a new pet and need to find a veterinarian? Or maybe you moved to a new town and have to look for a new vet. There are lots of reasons why we might be in the market for a new veterinary practice to take care of our companion animals. But whether you’re a first-time pet owner or have cared for animals all your life, there are a few key questions you should be asking any new vet. We’ve gathered the best advice from the experts on what to ask a prospective vet:
1.What services are available at the practice? This includes things like X-ray and ultrasound, lab work, and EKG.
2. How does the vet handle emergencies? Some will take your call outside of office hours, some won’t. If they don’t, what emergency clinics do they recommend?
3. What is their vaccination “policy” in terms of what they think is essential vs. optional, and will they accommodate your preferences?
4. Does the practice recommend that you get pet insurance?
5. Do they have specialists on staff if they are large, or a good referral network of specialists if they are small?
6. What is the average time it takes to get an appointment? A few hours or a few days?
7. Do they have overnight care? Is there a staff member on-site 24 hours a day? Many practices, especially small ones, will not have this.
8. Do they have separate waiting rooms, exam rooms, and kennel areas for dogs and cats to reduce your pet’s stress?
9. What are their prices for typical procedures like dentals, annual check-ups, spay/neuter, and vaccinations?
10. Do they have payment plans, flexible payment schedules, or any special discounts for multiple-pet clients?