daunting tasks a pet parent faces. When looking for the right vet, you will want to find someone who has a great bedside manner with your furry one, but also an excellent communication style with the human in the equation. The very best way to find that perfect fit is through word of mouth. “Talk to pet parents with pets similar to yours,” advises Wendy K. Dearixon, DMV of Vickery Place Animal Hospital in Dallas Texas. Other pet parents will
never steer you wrong when it comes to a good veterinarian.
There are several other factors you will want to consider for your
• Is the clinic clean and organized and the office staff friendly and accommodating? When you are greeted with a smile in a clean environment it’s going to be much easier for you to pay attention to what is going on with your pet’s examination.
• Does the doctor talk to the pet directly or just to the human? When the vet speaks to the animal it shows that he considers the pet valuable as an individual. Professionalism is always helpful, but total lack of communication with the pet is not, no matter how professional or knowledgeable the doctor appears.
• Does there seem to be a genuine affection for animals? A vet who truly loves animals will always go above and beyond to guarantee the highest level of comfort and health for their patients.
• Does the doctor and office staff communicate the prognosis and treatment clearly with you? The vet and staff should explain things in clear layman’s terms so that you will be able to understand the diagnosis and provide the at-home care that’s needed.
• Is the doctor available to answer your questions either at the time you call, or by returning the call within a reasonable amount of time? Clear communication is essential in keeping your pet healthy, and being available to speak with you or return your calls is necessary.
• Does the pet respond well to the vet, tech and other clinic staff that come in contact with him? Does the staff make a “fuss” over the furry one? We all like to think our pets are special and we want others, especially those that are caring for them, to feel the same way.
While finding the right veterinarian to care for a pet will take time, once you find the best veterinarian, you can rest easy, knowing that your pet’s health and well-being is a priority and that you have another strong partner in your pet's lifetime care.
By Sarah Zumhofe