Forging a Relationship with Your New Vet
You may feel a little nervous when choosing a new veterinarian for your pet, because you don’t know the person and he or she doesn’t have a history of treating your pet. You can ease your worries by taking the time to explore the qualifications and specialties of your veterinarian and veterinary clinic. Here are some great tips on forging a relationship with your new veterinarian.
Meet with Your Veterinarian without Your Pet at First
Before you bring your pet in to the veterinarian for his/her first visit, schedule a meeting between just you and the veterinarian. This will give you the opportunity to see the staff and get to know your new veterinarian and ask some questions without the interference or pressure of your pet’s presence. You can gather useful information and find out exactly how the veterinary clinic operates.
Discuss Your Veterinarian’s Education and Experience
While you’re meeting with your veterinarian, be sure to get information about his or her education and experience. Make sure the vet is properly licensed to practice in your state. Find out if he has any areas of special interest (most do) or specialty college certifications (most don’t, which is fine). Ask about how he keeps up with the latest advancements in animal care procedures and treatments. You can also find out how long he has been working at the veterinary clinic or animal hospital, and where else he has worked in the past.
Determine Your Veterinarian’s Treatment Philosophy
Veterinarians usually follow the treatment philosophy of the animal clinic in which they practice. If you don’t know what the treatment philosophy is, your meeting with the veterinarian is the perfect time to ask. Do they mainly just do shots? Or is it a full service facility? Do they have a groomer? Do they board pets? Do they emphasize preventive pet care, or do they focus or treating accident, illness and injury when and as it occurs?
Find out if they recommend holistic treatments or all natural healing methods, and if they can accommodate any special treatment requests from pet owners.
Check the Certifications of the Hospital or Clinic itself
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, our experienced veterinarians serving Dallas and McKinney are happy to answer any questions that you have about your pet’s care and needs. Each veterinarian is fully licensed to practice on any species of animal, and many of them have special love for non-traditional pets such as rabbits, ferrets, birds and reptiles. To schedule an appointment at either of our veterinary hospitals, call us today at (972) 529-5033 (McKinney / Frisco) or (972) 239-1309 (north Dallas).
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