I am currently looking for a new vet for Gracie. Our previous vet messed up shot records on multiple occasions, so we have made the decision to find someone new.
I thought that since I am in the process of finding a vet, I would share with my readers what I look for when I look for a vet.
First, I research vets in the area. Who has the best reviews? Who is known for their good practices?
Next, I will look at the Vet’s website. Obviously there can be good vets who do not have a website, but it is easier to find the ones who do. While on the site, I ask ‘What services do they provide? Is there information easy to find? What is their mission statement or company values?’ Also I look at prices. Are their services within my price range? I also want to know if the Vet pushes medications or if they only medicate when necessary. Many medications can have worse side effects than the thing they are treating. I believe it is important to only medicate when it is really needed. Also, breed knowledge is important. Is the Vet familiar with my dog’s breed? Do they know the breed standards? I once had a Vet tell me she does not like most of her Husky costumers because the breed is so unfriendly. That is a bad sign to me because anyone who knows anything about huskies knows that “friendly” is in the breed standard. They actually make bad guard dogs because they are more likely to greet a home invader than attack one. At the same time, you do not want a vet who only goes off of the breed standard without getting to know your individual dog.
Some vets will offer a complimentary first time visit for new costumers and some do not. Some vets will also offer different things with their wellness visits, like ear cleaning and nail clipping. Look into what the vet offers and what is unique about their services.
Different vets will also specialize in different areas. Some may be small animals, some may work with more farm animals, and some may focus on senior animals or animal behavior. Look to see if the vet has any specializations and if those specializations serve your pets’ needs. Some vets might not have specializations; this does not mean they are a bad vet.
These are just the things that I have been looking for when I look into a new vet for Gracie. There may be other factors that you believe are important. Feel free to share with me what you look for in a vet, as it may help me with trying to find the right fit for us.
In other news, please keep my Aunt Denise in your thoughts and prayers. She is in the hospital and not doing well at all. A few weeks ago, she had a part of her large intestine removed during an emergency surgery. Yesterday, she had to be rushed back to the doctor with pneumonia and an infection in her incision. It turns out that the infection is a flesh eating bacteria that she contracted while at the hospital. It has already done some damage on her. She is going in for surgery again today.
Thank you for reading,
Katie and Gracie