A veterinarian is your pet's second-best friend. When selecting a vet, you're doing more than searching for a medical expert. You're looking for someone to meet your needs and those of your pet, a doctor who has people as well as animal skills. When selecting a veterinarian for your puppy be sure to use a reputable, ethical professional. Before setting up an appointment call competing vet clinics and ask questions.
GET TO KNOW YOUR VET!
Here are some tips to help you get started;
Were you easily able to make an appointment for an introductory visit?
Does the reception area look and smell clean, is it comfortable and well organized?
Is the staff friendly and polite, do you feel comfortable talking with vet and staff?
Do you have to wait longer than 20 minutes to see the vet?
Do you feel unrushed, as though you have as much time as you need with the vet?
Is the vet willing to answer your questions about qualifications, experience, and philosophy of pet care?
Does the vet seem genuinely to like and be interested in your puppy?
Does you puppy seem genuinely to like and be interested in the vet?
Do you get a good feeling about the practice and the vet?
Are there non-medical services such as boarding, grooming, and training classes?
Find out how emergency calls are handled during regular office hours and after office hours?
Take time to ask about pricing for routine exams and preventative care, some vets take advantage of clients, charging unreasonable prices. Find out pricing on the following products and services;
Flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Advantix)
5 way (vaccination against distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, etc)