First Comes (Puppy) Love, Then Comes the Vet Bill

September 10, 2013

vet with dogTaking care of your furry friends does not come cheap. The average annual veterinary bill for dog owners is $227 per dog and $90 for cat-lovers. But you want the best for Fido or Muffin, right? Ask friends, family and colleagues about which vet they use and why. Before making an appointment, however, check the clinic out at to see if there is a pattern of complaints and if so, if they were resolved.

BBB serving Central and Western Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut offers these tips for finding a trustworthy veterinarian in your town:

· Determine what kind of veterinarian care your animal needs or will require. Ask if the clinic belongs to the American Animal Hospital Association or is BBB Accredited. Both require high standards.

· Is the clinic clean, comfortable (for both pets and owners) and well-organized?

· How many veterinarians are in the practice? Can you specify which one you would like to see your pet?

· How much are fees? Does the clinic offer financing or pet insurance plans?

· Are pets staying overnight monitored?

· How does the vet feel about alternative treatments for your pet?

· Are X-rays, ultrasound, blood work, EKG, endoscopy and other diagnostic tests done in-house or referred to a specialist? Will you be informed before such tests are administered?

· Are clinic hours convenient? Is the location and parking convenient? What is the policy regarding after-hours emergencies?

Check out a list of Accredited Veterinarians in our service area. For more consumer tips and information, visit, follow us on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.