How to find the best vet for your dog

If a member of your family was having health issues or needed a yearly checkup, you wouldn’t take them to just any old doctor, would you? Of course not! You’d want to make sure they received the best medical care. And if your dog is a part of the family, wouldn’t you want to know which vets in your area provide the best care?

But how can you tell?

Here are a few things to look for when choosing a vet to take your dog to:

  • Is the facility clean and orderly?
  • How many years has the veterinarians been in business? Are they licensed?
  • Do they do all the work in-house or are some cases referred to specialists?
  • What emergency services are available?
  • Is the staff calm and courteous?

Also, be sure to use the power of the internet to do some research on local vets. You can often find reviews and stories from previous patients and their humans that can be very telling about a vet’s reputation.

Have you found an amazing vet in your area? Do you have any funny, inspiring, or weird stories about an experience your dog had at the vet? We want to hear from you! (Videos and pictures are always welcome, and we’ll be sure to post all entries on our Facebook page)

  1. Lillian Schaeffer, March 31, 2016:

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your suggestion to ask how many years the vet has been in business. My husband and I just moved into a new area, and we need to find a good place to take our dog. We’ll definitely look for a vet that has been around for a while so they have knowledge that you can only gain from experience. Thanks for the great post!

  2. Jeff Carbine, October 6, 2016:

    You are right, if a family really loves their dog, then they would treat them the same as their own family members by getting the best possible medical care. I need to remember to see if the staff is calm and courteous the next time I am searching for a new clinic. Also, I always give this tip for new time pet owners: remember to tell your pet sitters what clinic you go to in case an emergency happens.

  3. Jalu Sakti, November 8, 2016:

    The third question you suggested here is something I’ve never thought of before: whether or not they do all of the work in-house. I guess it’s important to find out what services a vet actually does perform so that you can plan accordingly with your dog. If you need certain services for your pet, you’ll have to make sure to check with a vet clinic to make sure they do them. We actually just got a new dog, so this is something we’ll have to be thinking about as we search for the right vet.

  4. Rachel Lannister, March 7, 2017:

    My sister wants to take her dog to a vet, and asked me to help her learn how to best choose a clinic. You wrote that you should visit the clinic and make sure it is clean and orderly. Especially with how messy pets can be, it would show that they are really professional if they took the time and effort to maintain the place. I’ll advise my sister look for this, and to visit at least a couple different clinics so that she can compare her experiences.

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