When it comes to caring for your furry friend, there are no shortcuts. What you invest in terms of food, exercise, as well as love and attention, can greatly affect your pet’s long-term health and happiness.
The same is true when it comes to their veterinary care. Choosing the right veterinarian can help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life. It could even save their life in the case of a dire emergency.
At Brook Family Veterinary Center, we want you to be equipped with the knowledge you need to make the right choice for you and your pet. If you’re looking for a local veterinarian you can partner with for the long haul, here are a few things you can consider:
Ask For Vet Clinic Recommendations
One of the best ways you can find great care for your pet(s) is to ask your neighbors, co-workers, and friends about local vet clinics. They’ll be able to share their experiences and tell you whether to stay away from a particular place or give them a visit.
You can also check online reviews to see what other people in your community are saying about any particular veterinary clinic. One thing we highly recommend is making sure you actually take the time to read reviews, rather than simply looking at the star rating. Detailed reviews give you testimonials from clients and can really reveal the level of care you can expect your pet to receive.
Check Their Veterinary Credentials
Another thing you can look for in a veterinarian is whether or not they are accredited by a reputable third party. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is one such organization that requires veterinary clinics meet 940 standards of excellence in areas such as record keeping, pain management, emergency care, anesthesia, and more.
At Brook Farm Veterinary Center, we’re proud of our AAHA accreditation, and we recommend that you look for a veterinarian in your area that has sought and achieved this accreditation.
Call The Veterinary Office & Ask About Their Approach
When it comes to finding a quality veterinarian, it can require some leg work. After you’ve checked out the tips above, take some time and schedule an in-person or over-the-phone consultation with the clinic. This way you can understand their approach to taking care of your pet. Ask them what they think about wellness, prevention issues, and anything else that’s important to you.
Your veterinarian should also go the extra mile to make sure your pet is at ease during examinations. At Brook Farm, we take a Fear Free veterinary approach. Our facilities, procedures, and handling of your pet are all designed to make your beloved animal feel at ease. We also keep up to date with the latest research.
Consider The Cost & Location
Taking care of your pet is also a matter of practicality. If you live over an hour or more away, you may be hard-pressed to get them to the animal hospital in time in case of an emergency.
On top of that, make sure you price out their services. While it’s true you get what you pay for, you also have to be realistic about what you can afford.
Make Sure You & Your Pet Feel Comfortable
Ultimately, your veterinarian should make you and your pet feel comfortable. You want to be able to talk freely with your vet about your pet’s health, wellness, and happiness.
While some discomfort and fear may be normal at first, if your pet seems angry and distressed, you’ll want to consider moving on to another vet.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation With Brook Farm Veterinary Clinic
If you live in Patterson or the surrounding areas, we’d love the opportunity to partner with you in the health care of your beloved furry family member. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone.