Published on May 17th, 2016 | by Vet Pets0
What to Look for in a Good Vet Clinic
When you first get a pet, you’ll need to undergo a regiment of pet care, especially if the pet is young when you get it. This will include regular vet visits for immunizations and check ups for your pets. Finding a good vet is important. There are several things that you can look for when trying to find a veterinary clinic to make your second home.
Emergency Vet Service
Finding an office that offers emergency vet services is important because there are times when something unexpected is going to happen and really is no such thing as an emergency room for pets, other than the emergency vet services that your clinic offers. Most animal hospitals will offer some sort of emergency service but you will want to clarify the parameters and regulations of that service before you find yourself in need of them. You may also want to talk to your vet about examples of what constitutes an emergency. It could be a number of different things but it’s good to know before it happens so you know when you should take your pet in to the vet immediately. Having to take your pet in for emergency vet services is a difficult time but knowing that they are in good hands and with the one person that can make them feel better makes all the difference to your peace of mind.
The nice thing about most pet insurances is that they don’t choose your vet for you. The way it usually works is that once you receive the bill from your vet clinic, whichever one it may be, you send it in to your insurance provider and they will reimburse you. However, not all clinics work this way so make sure that you talk with the vet before receiving services at his or her clinic. If the vet is unsure, then call your pet insurance provider and ask them about the clinic you are considering. They should be able to look it up and find out if the clinic falls within their jurisdiction. If they do not, then you can ask the insurance provider which clinics are available and how their policies work if they do not offer reimbursement plans. This should help narrow down your vet choices.
Some vet clinics are all well rounded, full service clinic but some only offer certain services like wellness check ups and none of the specialized care that some pets need. Clarify with your vet the type of care that your pet needs and find out if they offer it. If your pet needs certain types of medication or specific grooming then it would be a disappointment to get settled into what you think is a good vet clinic only to find out your pet cannot be seen there. However, if your pet does not actually need specific care, but you would like him or her to receive it, you may not be able to go to the vet that you originally wanted to if they don’t offer that. You are free to choose your own vet but you can’t expect them to make exceptions if it is not necessary for your pet.
Most clinics will offer routine procedures like spaying and neutering but that’s as far as some of them go. If you would feel more comfortable finding a clinic that is capable of undergoing more complicated surgeries should they be needed, then you may have to look a little harder before deciding on which vet will be called your own. Some vet clinics simply do not have the man power or the facilities to be able to under go surgeries. However, a lot of clinics may send the pets to an animal hospital if they need surgery. If you are okay with the transportation being taken care of by the vet then this may be the answer to what you are looking for. Keep in mind, though, this means the surgery will be preformed by someone you don’t know.
These are just a few things that you can look into when trying to find a vet in order to make sure you are taking your pet to a well established place.