How to Find the Right Veterinarian

By on May 2, 2015

We’ve said it elsewhere, but we’ll say it again here- getting a pet is not an insignificant event. Getting a puppy is much like having a child. A newborn kitten needs constant attention and care. That said; you wouldn’t want to take your pets to just any old clinic or pet doc. Choosing the right veterinarian is important and we’ve got some advice for you about finding a good fit.

Making the choice to take your pet to a certain veterinarian is a personal one and requires a little research. Luckily, depending on where you get your animal, there are experts who can make good recommendations. At local humane societies, for example, new pet owners often receive a list of reliable and trusted vets. Rescue operations typically provide this information also.

Friends, family members, neighbors, and other members of your community can be a great resource, too. Ask around- you’ll probably get some common answers, and from there, you can explore a little further.

The ASPCA, the nation’s oldest humane organization, also has some tips for finding the right fit. The link provided has the full text, but here are some important highlights:

  • Make sure the clinic is accredited with the American Animal Hospital Organization (AAHA).
  • Take a trip to the vet’s office to have a chat with staff and get a feel for the facility. First impressions are important and if it doesn’t seem right, it’s probably not. Ask questions while you are there, inspect the space for cleanliness, and try to build rapport with a number of staff members.
  • Do your research. Here at Pets In Des Moines, we’ll highlight different offices in feature articles. Check other sites for reviews and testimonials. Talk to people who have pets and get as much input as possible. Finding the right vet, again, is very important, so be diligent.

By finding the right veterinarian, you will have peace of mind and assure yourself that the health of your animals will always be taken care of. Do your homework, get feedback from other pet owners, and don’t be afraid to shop around. Like any other business, vets expect customers to come and go, so never feel like you have an obligation to stick with the vet you chose right off the bat. One of the most important pet decisions you’ll make is where to have their health needs met, so don’t underestimate the importance of finding the best fit for you and your animals.

As we gain more partners in the area, you’ll find listings for vets on our Pet Services page as well as in our Directory. Keep an eye on those pages to find some of the best vets around.

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About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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