Choosing a good veterinarian doctor is one of the first things you need to do after your pet settles in your home. Unfortunately, this is not an easy task due to lack of trustworthy information. In a vet, you have to look for a person who has both animal and people skills. The worst time to search for a vet is when your pet is already sick and desperately needs medical attention. Hence, it is best to find out a vet when your pet is in the pink of health.
Here are a few tips you should keep in mind before making this all important decision.
Medical skills of the doctor
Ask for the registration certificate of your doctor. In India, Veterinary Council of India issues registration certificates to qualifying doctors. Such a certificate ensures that the doctor has got an appropriate degree and education from a registered institute. Thus, you will be able to avoid quacks who may end up harming your pet.
Feedback from fellow pet owners
Ask for feedback from fellow pet owners or friends residing in your place of residence. The best scenario is to take advice from another pet owner who owns the same breed as your pet. Such advice usually comes without any bias and offers you a fair assessment of the veterinary doctors operating clinics in your area.
Visit the veterinary facility without your pet
Get an idea of the look and feel of the veterinary facility by visiting it without your pet. Talk to the staff and determine whether they will be friendly towards your pet and not hide any information from you. This can be done by observing how the doctor treats other pets. The facility should be well-organized, clean and also sterilized, if surgical procedures are conducted there. The quality and type of medical equipment is often a good indicator of the service you will eventually get. You may ask for a tour of the facility to assess this.
Number of doctors and emergency availability
Ask for the number of doctors available at the clinic. Availability of multiple doctors will increase chances of a doctor availability during an emergency, should one arise. Also ask whether clinic is open during night or whether the doctor is available on call in case of an emergency.
Determine whether parking space is available adjacent to the clinic. Usually, you will take your pet to the clinic in your personal car. Hence, there should be enough parking space available close to the clinic to avoid inconvenience to you and your pet. Also find out whether prior appointment is mandatory and whether the vet’s fee will suit your pocket. If required, the clinic should be able to admit patients for overnight stay or it should be able to refer your pet to other advanced pet hospitals for critical care.
Unhappy with your current veterinary doctor?
Ensure that there is no communication problem between you and your vet. Ask a question, if required, instead of just assuming things. However, things can go wrong at times. Therefore, always keep a record of your pet’s medical history so that you don’t have to run after your vet when you plan to end your engagement with her. This will help you in swiftly changing your vet, if the need so arises.