Did you just get your first dog, make a big move to a new community or are you simply inspired to find something new when it comes to your dog’s health care? Finding the best vet for your pup is one of the biggest tasks for every dog owner. Whether you live in a heavily populated city with lots of choices or a small, rural community with only a few licensed veterinarians, it’s important to properly “vet” your options when looking for your animal’s primary doctor. Before continuing your search, check out our top ways for finding the best vet for your dog:
Make sure the veterinarian is accredited
Ever heard of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)? This organization ensures that all accredited vets meet very specific standards for safety and quality of care. This is a great first step once you begin your search for a vet, as you can easily narrow down vet offices that aren’t accredited.
Use friends, family and online communities as helpful resources
Word of mouth is very powerful, especially when it comes to the people who care for our furry four-legged babies. Start by asking local family members and friends who you trust. Chances are high that someone you know is very passionate about their dog’s vet, and this could help you narrow down your options if you can’t decide between multiple doggy doctors.
Schedule a few tours
If you’ve done your online research, checked with friends and family and still feel like you can’t decide, it’s always recommended to schedule a tour at a few vet offices. That way, you’ll be able to see the facility, likely meet the vet and other trained staff and learn more about the ins and outs of the office. Also, be sure to take note of the other animals who are waiting to be seen by the vet during your visit. Of course, it’s natural for some animals to appear skittish at the vet; however, if the animals seem overly anxious, scared or otherwise uncomfortable, it could be a red flag that this vet office isn’t the best option for you and your pup.
When searching for a vet that best fits you and your dog’s needs, always remember that you can never ask too many questions or be too picky. While your new vet ensures your dog has the best health care at the doggy doctor’s office, trust us to make sure your dog has the cleanest, safest yard in the neighborhood — free of doggy landmines. Call us at (877) 930-POOP to schedule your first service for free if you live in the Denver, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Phoenix or Atlanta metro areas.