A Pet Owner’s Guide To Choosing The Right Veterinarian

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Owning a pet is like having a child. You have welcomed an animal into your home and have assumed responsibility as their primary caretaker. The mental and physical well-being of your pet is dependent upon your care. The quality of their safety, nutrition, and exercise habits are solely in your control and contingent upon your best practices.

But, like with humans, there are often unpredictable circumstances that arise concerning a pet’s health that are not only beyond your care, but beyond your ability to treat. Just like you aim to give your pet the best life possible, you should also have a veterinarian who will do everything in their power to diagnose, treat, and care for your pet to the best of their ability.

Don’t blindly select your pet’s veterinarian. Find someone who is not only going to provide the highest quality of care, but someone who you can have peace of mind working with during these challenging times.

A Guide To Choosing The Right Veterinarian

There are certain standards that are held in higher recognition than others in what you are looking for in a vet. Follow this guide for how you can select the right one for both your pet and you.

In-person and word-of-mouth reviews.

The best way to find the right veterinarian for your pet and you is to ask other pet owners who have similar ideals as you. Ask your neighbors who also own pets which veterinarian they take their animals to for treatment. Or, if you are new to the area or just want to get a second opinion, researching the local vets online will provide you with enough information to make an informed decision.

Accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Not all animal hospitals are accredited by the AAHA, but it’s important to look for. In order to receive this accreditation, hospitals and veterinarians must meet over 900 standards that ensure they are providing top quality care for animals.

Ask about a veterinarian’s ethical code for pet care.

There are certain forms of treatment that not all pet owners and veterinarians see eye-to-eye on. Neutering, cancer care, and euthanasia are just a few of these forms of treatment that could potentially cause tension because you and your vet. Ask about a vet’s ethical code so that, if these situations were to arise, you already know that the vet will have your same interests in mind for your pet’s health.

If you chose to become a pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are giving your pet the best quality of life possible. Choosing the right veterinarian is a part of this promise to your pet, so make sure that you do the proper research!