If you are a pet owner then you'll know one of the most important and possibly one of the most difficult things to do is find a Vet. A lot of pet owners obtain referrals from family or friends, but if you're new to this it maybe difficult where to start.
A place to begin from would be to make a list of potential vets in your local area from the phone book, include any referrals offered from family or friends and make an appointment to meet each one. Explain to them that you're looking for a vet and would like to ask a few questions about your Labrador Retriever or even see if you can bring your dog with you to meet them.
The next thing you might like to consider before meeting the vet are about their office and waiting areas. Are they clean; is the staff friendly to you and your pet? Does it resemble a friendly environment for puppy and others in the waiting room?
Things to ask the vet could be any or all of the following:
Are same day appointments possible?
What are their fees and service structure or policies, do they have special services if you know your Labrador Retriever requires them. Are you able to have a fee schedule? Do they offer or accept pet insurance? Are you able to pay fees by credit card?
Do they offer 24 hour emergency services or linked to an animal hospital near by.
Ask about their experience and educational background, perhaps relating to Labrador Retrievers and any issues they've seen in this breed. What are their views on spaying or neutering and at what age?
Is the vet able to answer all your questions without rushing you out the door?
If you bring your puppy with you, perhaps observe the interactions between your puppy and vet. Do they get along; do they seem interested with each other?
After interviewing each vet you'll need to make a decision about which one covered all or most of your requirements. Remember finding the right vet for your puppy is much like finding a doctor for yourself or family, you need to feel comfortable with them, someone that has the qualifications you're looking for and have a genuine caring nature.
The vet you choose will know what is best for your Labrador Retriever and possibly extensive knowledge about the breed. They'll know what shots they need and any other treatments they may need during the course of their life. You'll know after a few months whether you've made the right decision and if they have relieved any of your concerns. It's ok too, if it doesn't work out you can always find another vet. If your Labrador Retriever is an extension of your family then it pays to look for the right one for your pet.