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Finding a Reliable Veterinarian

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Service

Like most people, your pet is probably a member of your family, which is why it is crucial to choose a reputable veterinarian to rely on. Refer to these tips when searching for a veterinarian for your beloved pet.

How to Choose a Veterinarian:

Ask for Recommendation.
 Ask friends, family members, or boarding kennel to recommend a reputable veterinarian. Check out the vets and veterinary hospitals at to read previous customer reviews and more business information.

Check Credentials.  Check out the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to see if the veterinarian is a member. Members of the AAHA must meet high standards for their facility, equipment, and care, as well as participate in continuing education programs in the veterinary field. If you are in need of a veterinarian specialist, be sure to ask about their board certification. The board certification will prove the specialist has had an additional two to four years of training and studying in the specific field they are specializing in, as well as passed a difficult examination.

Learn About Their Services.  Whether your pet needs specific care or just a general check-up, it’s good to learn about the services the veterinary hospital provides. A reputable hospital’s services should include: X-rays, ultrasounds, dentistry, lab tests, blood work, and EKGs. If the hospital does not provide a certain service ask about the specialist they would refer you to if your pet was in need of that procedure.

Visit the Facility.  Once you have selected a few veterinarians, be sure to visit each of their facilities. Request a tour and meet their staff. This is also a good time to ask the veterinarian or other staff members about any policy questions you may have. When visiting the facility, be sure to note if it is a clean and well-organized environment and if the staff members appear to be nurturing and qualified. If you are not already aware, ask about how many vets practice at the hospital and if the vets specialize in specific procedures or animals.

Develop a Good Patient Relationship.  Just like you visit the physician for check-ups, it’s important your pet goes to the vet for regular visits to prevent illnesses. Your vet will be able to teach you what’s normal for your pet so you will be able to schedule an appointment at the first sign of trouble. If your pet has an emergency issue, call the vet immediately so they can take your pet in or refer you to someone else.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

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