Finding the right vet is an important part of pet ownership. You should try to select a vet before you even bring your pet home.
Finding A Vat
As with finding a doctor for yourself, you’ll want to do some research in finding the right veterinarian that you and your pup feel comfortable with. My friend’s lab dog passes the vet’s office on his daily walks — he likes his vet so much that he always has to peek in the window, even at night when the office is closed. With the best vets, trips to their office are a treat for your pet, not torture!
The first step in finding a vet is to try to get some recommendations from your breeder, from friends, and from local breed clubs.
When you visit a vet’s office, check to see if it is clean, well organized, and a place where you and your pet will feel comfortable.
You may want to ask about:
- Degrees and Affiliations of the Vets
- Policies and Procedures
- Services Offered
- Office Hours
- Emergency Procedures
Is the office attentive to your questions and concerns? Do you feel comfortable with the answers given?
Once you’ve selected a vet for you and your pup, you’ll want to stick with them. They will help you to track your pup’s health records over time. As with your own doctor, it is great to have someone who is familiar with your whole health history!
You’ll want to set up a visit with a veterinarian within a few days of bringing your puppy home. This is an opportunity to get a thorough check-up for your pup to identify any possible health problems. You’ll want to bring a stool sample with you, so the vet can check the pup for parasites. This first visit is a great opportunity to get to know the vet and to ask any questions you may have about caring for the puppy. Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable with the vet, you should find someone else!