So, you went out and got yourself a brand new pet? Congratulations, the whole process must have been very exciting, and you will grow to love that pet like a member of the immediate family. However, you need to be aware of the fact that when you bring this new pet in your life, you are responsible for them from that day forward. This means, you have to water them, feed them, exercise them, and make sure they get their shots and monthly exams. While the watering, feeding, and exercise is something that you can do on your own, you cannot administers shots or properly give your pet a health exam.
This only means that you are going to have to turn to a vet or pet clinic. With the increasing prices of pet health care, you want to make sure that you choose a vet that is not only knowledgeable, but a vet that shares the same views and philosophies as you when it comes to caring for your pet. How do you go about doing this? Below you will learn some imperative information that will help you choose the best vet or clinic for your new pet.
Doing The Proper Research
Before you start narrowing down your choices, you are first going to have to find out what the choices in your area are. You can hit the yellow pages of the phonebook or turn the Internet to do a local search of vets in your area. Pay close attention to the office hours and the location of the clinic. While you don’t want to solely base your decision on these parameters, they are very important. Once you have a list of a few different clinics it will be time to research. Make sure the vets are all licensed and registered with the American Animal Hospital Association. You can usually find this information by visiting the clinics homepage or by visiting the American Animal Association homepage.
Emergency Service And Contacts
One of the first and most important things that you want to consider about your pet clinic of choice is their emergency protocol. Do they always have a vet on hand to handle emergency situations? While there are a lot of vets that are on hand 24/7, you would be surprised at the number of pet clinics that don’t offer emergency services. What good does it do you to have a vet that doesn’t offer emergency services? Sure, you can take your pet to them during the day for checkup and exams, but what if your pet has an emergency during the middle of the night? You will be reeling trying to find a vet that does take emergency calls.
Paying A Visit To The Clinics
Now, that you have your list narrowed down to a few clinics it will be time to pay a visit to each clinic. While at the clinics, you want to make sure that you pay close attention to the parking situation. How close is the office to the parking spaces? While this might seem like a petty thing, it won’t be if you have to carry your 100-pound injured pet 40 yards to the front door of the clinic.
Another thing to consider is the cleanliness of the facility. Look around at the exam and waiting rooms. Does everything look clean and organized? Everything should be spotless and clean unless they are in use. You should not get any faint signs of vomit, feces, blood, or urine. The whole general atmosphere should give you the feeling that the clinic is orderly, neat, and clean.
It is also important to observe the staff and vet, as well. What is their appearance? Are they well dressed and cleanly? Changes are, a staff that doesn’t take care of themselves really won’t put their best efforts forth to take care of your pet.