Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro: Finding a reputable veterinarian in your area is important to help keeping your pet happy and healthy. Here are few things to consider when selecting a veterinarian.
Do you have multiple pets or exotic pets, or does your pet require other specialized care? Then figure out what she need, you'll be able to determine what is the best veterinary facility for you.
It's important to have a veterinary relationship with someone before your pet requires veterinary care. Developing relationship with your vet will help them get to know you and your pet before the emergency happens. Gathering as much information as possible will help you determine if it's the right veterinary hospital for the needs of you and your pet. Ask about how your pet will be monitored during anesthesia, or before and after any procedures. We'll refer you to a specialty clinic if that becomes necessary, as well as what is the experience level of this doc that's going to be caring for the needs of your pet. When you're looking at hospitals, find out if they've been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Ask to take a tour of the facility, is the staff welcoming and inviting, does it smell nice and clean, and is it kept nice and neat in appearance. Ask for client references, word-of-mouth goes a long way. These tips will help you to make the right decision when selecting a veterinarian.