How many of us in the United States have agonized over the decision about which primary care physician we want to be responsible for our healthcare? I would dare say that the vast majority of us understand how important that decision can be.
The truth is, it’s just as important to pick the right veterinary care for your animals also. Just because your pet does not get to make the choice, doesn’t mean that your responsibility as owner is any less crucial. Here are a few tips to help you pick the right animal clinic to take care of all of your animal’s needs.
First and foremost, don’t base your decision primarily on a generic rate chart that tells you things like what a rabies shot will cost, what a routine exam goes for, etc. While these are important aspects about caring for our furry friends, they really only account for a small percentage of the costs that are super vital if your pet has a problem.
And because they are family, and you can bet that everyone in your family is crazy about their four-legged buddies, you will want a veterinary center that is professional, prompt, and able to execute on a moments notice if there is an emergency. Inevitably, there are emergencies for animal care just like we experience in our own lives. The clinic should have a round-the-clock emergency phone number available for all customers to use. You should be able to bring your animal in at any hour if the situation merits it.
We recommend dropping into the United Veterinary Center in Norwalk before you make your decision. Ask if they have literature available about each of their doctors on staff, specifically where they were trained and what their specialties are. Look for doctors who have years of experience, and an educational background with a school that has an excellent veterinary reputation.
If at all possible, have a conversation with the vet who would be taking responsibility for caring for your animal. Make sure you enjoy a rapport with this individual, and ask enough questions to have a feel about how he or she understands any unique health circumstances that your breed of pet may face. Remember that certain dogs and cats are predisposed to a variety of conditions that include skin issues, eye and teeth complications, even dysplasia. These things can become serious very quickly, and you’ll want to make sure that the doctor has an acceptable plan to take care of it.
Finally, it’s a bonus if you can find a veterinary hospital that also offers a line of food and treats. Getting the advice of your veterinarian about what to feed your pet is extremely valuable, especially if the animal has any form of digestive quirks. Remember that most dog foods are made for the “average” dog and we all know that such an animal really doesn’t exist. If you want to enjoy your pet as a long-term family member, it’s a great idea to make sure that your veterinarian is fully engaged.