Moving to a new city can be stressful for everyone. And, if you’re a pet owner, you also have to worry about finding a new vet that can provide trustworthy care for your pet. When moving to a new city, finding a good vet is as important as choosing a family doctor.
The bond and quality of relationship you can have with your vet is important. Here are 5 tips to finding a vet when moving to a new city:
1. Ask Around
Search for a vet the moment you settle in your new city, but not until an emergency arises. Ask family, friends, neighbors and dog walkers where they take their pets for treatment and care. You can easily trust opinions from the people you know. A recommended vet from someone you trust will give you confidence when visiting with your pet.
Make a list of at least three vets and contact them to inquire about how you can meet or visit. A schedule of routine health check can help in establishing if the relationship between you, your pet and the vet is good. This will also give your vet an opportunity to not only know your pet better, but also discover its background and history.
2.Visit the Vet’s Premises
Start evaluating a vet’s clinic from the outside. Check if the premises, including its accessibility and location, can affect your visit to the clinic. Check if the parking lot has grass where you can take your dog for a walk either before or after an appointment.
Find out if the parking lot is busy and how easily you can get into the clinic. Note down all the pros and cons starting from the outside environment. Move inside the clinic and access the waiting room. Some vets divide their clinics into canine and feline sections to separate the cats from the dogs. It helps in creating a calm environment within the clinic.
Talk to the people in the waiting room and inquire about waiting times. Note that a full room doesn’t necessarily indicate long waiting periods. It could be that the clinic is experiencing multiple emergencies.
3. Ask Questions
Ask the vet about his qualifications. Choosing the right vet should feel like interviewing a candidate for some important service delivery. Make sure the vet you choose meets your needs. Most vets will be proud to share their accomplishments.
You can also ask about the type of equipment on-site and any outsourced treatment options. Do they provide emergency care and how long does it takes to complete a treatment process for your pet?
The ability of a vet to communicate and show compassion is important when choosing the right vet for your pet. Good communication entails involving you in the decision making process, giving you opportunity to express your concerns and explaining to you treatment options as much as you’d want.
5. Compare Prices
When comparing prices, keep in mind that a vet’s price might include specific treatment options such as monitoring and pain-killing medication. Other vet’s prices might not necessarily include the necessary treatments. Therefore, ask for the total price of the procedure.
Different clinics have different pricing systems. Clinics in urban set-ups are usually more expensive than those in small towns.