One of the first things you need to do when you get a dog or puppy is to choose a vet. Your dog will need shots and boosters from time to time, as well as care from the vet on occasion. There are several factors that can help choosing a vet for your dog easier for you.
Look for recommendations
One of the best aspects about joining a breed club is that you get to know others who also have the same breed and who can recommend a vet that they like for their dog. Just as is the case with doctors for people, it is best to get a recommendation from someone who has been to the vet and is pleased with the way that they treated their dog. If at all possible, look for several recommendations when it comes to those who treat your dog.
Look for specialties
Most vets will usually take care of all pets, including cats and birds as well as dog. It is important that your vet know all about the breed of dog that you have and what type of problems are inherent to the breed. You can find out about how much your vet knows about the breed by asking him or her. They should have experience not only as a vet, but also in the care and treatment of hunting dogs.
Look for proximity
It is important that the vet be close to your home as you do not want to have to drive for miles to get your dog to the vet in case of emergency. Many emergency clinics are opening up across the country for 24 hour animal care. These clinics should be used in case of an emergency as the vets know the common emergencies with pets and how to treat them. Look for vets that are close to home and also locate any emergency clinics that you can use in case an emergency rises when you cannot get to your vet.
Look for flexibility
A vet should have a love for animals and be flexible in their scheduling. If you have an emergency that comes up, the vet should not put you off because they have to adhere to a strict schedule. People doctors count on one or two emergencies arising during the day and will often see patients who come in on an emergency basis. You should look for a vet that is flexible when it comes to dealing with emergency situations and will be able to squeeze you into the schedule.
Of course, experience in the field of veterinary medicine counts most of all. Vets who have been practicing for a long time have seen all types of cases and are usually the best choice when it comes to choosing a vet for your dog.
Do not feel that you are pressured to find the vet the first time. Check out the demeanor of the doctor, the staff and be sure to find a vet who you trust with your canine friend.