Finding a new vet in your new town doesn’t have to be just another stressful task on your seemingly never-ending to-do list. It can be a fun, educational experience for you and even for your pet. Acquaint you and your dog with your new surroundings by going on a drive or a walk around town to visit prospective veterinary facilities. Make all the necessary preparations before you move, and keep an eye out for certain services and conveniences each possible vet offers.
If you’re unsure where to even begin in your search for a new vet, ask your current vet for suggestions; you never know what kind of connections they may have. Also request hard or electronic copies of all your pet’s medical records before you make your move.
You’ll want to have them with you on the trip and upon arrival at your new home just in case the need arises. Before your move, check out possible vet candidates online to get an idea of what services they provide. Try giving them a phone call to get more information as well and even scheduling a time to come in and tour the facility after you move.
Services to Look For
When looking for your new vet and researching possible vet facilities, a good place to start is the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Their website offers information about accredited veterinary facilities, and being a part of AAHA does add some credibility to the practice.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, learn all you can about each vet facility to see if they have the services you need.
- Does the hospital offer 24 hour, seven day a week pet care?
- If not, what is their protocol for monitoring hospitalized patients?
- Are they able to perform X-rays, ultrasounds and bloodwork at their location?
- How many vets work at that practice?
- Do they use registered veterinary technicians?
Medical services may be at the top of your priority list, but they aren’t the only important factors when looking for a new vet. Certain convenient qualities can make a big difference in whether you end up being happy with your new vet.
- What are the regular fees, and do they offer wellness or payment plans?
- Are they appointment or walk-in only?
- Is the hospital in a convenient location for you?
- Does the hospital appear to be clean and safe?
- Does the staff give you and your pet the appropriate amount of attention?
- Do they offer other services like boarding and grooming?
Making Your Final Decision on Finding a New Vet
Deciding on a new vet for your pet is an important process, and your pet may need to have the final say on whether a certain veterinarian or facility is right for you. If the hospital offers all of the services that you’re looking for, and the staff makes you and your pet feel comfortable and cared-for, you might just have found the new vet for your beloved companion. At the end of the day, your top priority when finding a new vet is your pet’s health, and this should be your new vet’s top priority as well.
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