How much do you actually know about your current vets?
How many people have a Labrador or are considering buying a Labrador. These are one of the most popular dogs, mainly because they are so well know for their superb temperate and intelligence. But like all dogs, Labradors are prone to certain health problems, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Eye problems, Heart problems, Epilepsy, Bloat and the list goes on.
This is where having the right veterinarian is so important. How much do you actually know about your current vets?
There was a time in my life I was extremely successful and then came the 2006 recession, slowly my money started dwindling away, though my commitments stayed. The fact I had 5 dogs at the time was a big commitment when you consider the insurance, veterinarian bills, food etc…
By far the biggest bills were the veterinary bills. At the time I knew nothing about choosing the right vet and this is why I have done this article:
Start by asking friends and people you may know who also own dogs. Look under directories such as yell.com where the practice may show hours of work, staff and services offered.
Once you have narrowed the various practices in your area, a visit to each veterinary practice will allow you to speak to the vets and also see the cleanliness of the practice. You’ll hopefully see if its a busy practice. Ask about their philosophy and policies.
These are things to look for when visiting the veterinary practice:
- Is the facility clean, comfortable and well-organized?
- Are appointments required?
- How many veterinarians are in the practice?
- Are there technicians or other professional staff members?
- Are dog and cat cages in separate areas?
- Is the staff caring, calm, competent and courteous, and do they communicate effectively?
- Do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics or behaviour?
- Are X-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, EKG, endoscopy and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?
- Which emergency services are available – do they have a 24 hours service?
- What is the procedure and costs for emergency services?
- Is location and parking convenient?
- Do fees fit your budget, and are discounts for senior citizens or multi-pet households available?
- If your pet is insured and in cases where the cost will exceed £1000 plus, will the veterinary practice claim directly from the Insurance company so that all you pay is the excess or do you have to pay the full amount first.
If you feel that your current veterinarian practice isn’t meeting your or your dogs needs, then it may time to rethink your vet. Why not first talk it through with your current vet and look for a solution.
By choosing the right vet, you can build a friendship where they become the second most important person in your animals life.