As a responsible and loving dog owner, you will obviously want to be sure that you are doing absolutely everything you possibly can to ensure they are living the happiest and healthiest life possible.
One important part of this is to ensure that the veterinary practice you have selected is good enough to provide all treatment your dog could possibly need or want so with this in mind continue reading for a comprehensive guide on choosing the right vet for your dog.
Consider the Location
The first thing you need to think about is the location of the actual veterinary practice itself.
Hopefully, in your precious pooch’s long life, you will never need to phone the practice in the early hours of the morning and book them in for an emergency appointment, but it is essential that, if this situation arises, the practice is in an accessible location near to your home.
Sense the Staff’s Passion
It makes absolutely no sense that anyone, be that a veterinary nurse or the practice receptionist, chooses to work in a place which is dedicated to helping animals day in, day out, if they do not at least consider themselves to be an animal lover.
When making your initial enquiries, use your instincts to ascertain whether the people you speak to, such as at the renowned and respected Midlands Veterinary Practice, are genuinely concerned about and dedicated to the welfare of your dog.
Check the Licensing
Another important thing to check when researching the right veterinary practice to register your beloved dog with is that of the licensing of the vets who work there.
It is important to ensure that not only the veterinary nurses and vets themselves are licensed, but that they are also registered with your state veterinary laws and are compliant with each and every standard of practice.
Ensure They are Well-Equipped to Treat Dogs
Contrary to popular belief, it is also essential to ensure that the particular veterinary practice you choose is well-equipped and experienced with treating dogs.
Different species of animals have their own, entirely unique, requirements for treatment and have completely different anatomical systems; for example, rabbits are actually considered to be ‘exotic pets’ and therefore can only be treated by a vet who is trained in rabbit care.
To counteract any mistakes, make sure to enquire as to the experience of the vets in treating dogs and whether or not they have the right technology and equipment at the practice to deal with anything.
Speak to Friends & Family
Finally, one of the best ways of all to find the right veterinary practice for you and your dog is to ask your close friends, work colleagues and family members as to what practice they are registered with and how effective they are.
Personal recommendations and word of mouth are the most honest and accurate way to sense the overall ethos and staff’s dedication to caring and treating animals and is a fantastic place to start.