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How to Choose the Right Veterinarian for Your Multi-Pet Household

The person you choose to care for your pets medically plays an important role in your life. Without their knowledge, skills, and expertise, you’re not able to care for your dogs and cats in a way that promotes good health, safety, and longevity. Regular checkups serve as preventative medicine against disease and disorders that could shorten the lifespan of your pets. That’s why it’s important to know what to ask your new vet when you go to meet him or her for the first time.

Knowledge is power. It’s important to ask the right questions so you get a feel for how the veterinarian you’re getting to know operates. You have a right to seek medical treatment for your cat and dog with any provider you choose. If you find that one vet is preferable over another after “interviewing” them, by all means, go to him or her for your pets’ care.

Important Questions to Ask a Potential Vet for Your Pets

Some questions that might cross your mind while at the vet’s office include:

  • “How long have you been in business?” This gives you an idea as to how well-known and established the clinic is in a community. It gives you a chance to ask others about their experience taking their pets to the vet.
  • “What type of accreditations do you hold?” Furthering their medical knowledge is what gives some vets a competitive advantage over others. They may possess new knowledge that could save your pets’ lives.
  • “What types of services do you provide?” You’ll have a general idea as to whether or not the vet can help you with your cats and dogs whenever the need arises. Some vets provide additional services that others don’t provide which is one of the advantages of going to them opposed to another medical professional in the area.
  • “Do you offer payment plans?” You may not be able to afford medical care for your pets outright even with insurance. If a vet offers a payment plan or does their own financing, this could very well be the reason why you choose to go to them and not another veterinarian.
  • “Can you guide me in the right direction when it comes to diet for my pets?” The vet may recommend a resource such as the upcoming Petrics app to monitor ingredients, receive information about product recalls, and track which pets gets what food. The doctor may even recommend their own favorite dog and cat foods and treats to get you started on the road to better health for your pets.
  • “Is it okay to feed dog food to cats or cat food to dogs?” The answer should always be “No!” If the vet tells you otherwise, it’s time to do some research to find out why dog food is only for dogs and cat food is only for cats. The way each animal digests food is different so it’s important not to mix foods in your household.

Choosing the right veterinarian for your multi-pet household is easy. After asking a series of questions of the medical professional, you should have a good idea what their base knowledge of domesticated animals is. You’ll know right away if they’re the right person to bring your cats and dogs to.

7 Comments

  1. Jaque christo on February 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for the post on how to choose the right veterinarian for your multi-pet household. I definitely like the idea to ask the vet how long they have been in business and what services they provide. This tells you what level of experience they have as well as if you will need to find a different vet for a different pet.

  2. Latoya Anderson on February 17, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I like that you suggested asking the vet that you’re interested in how long they have in the business to get an insight of how established their clinic is in the community. My son is looking for a vet for his dog. He wants to make sure that the clinic of the vet that he will choose is well known and has a good reputation in our area to ensure that his Labrador will get what it needs to be taken care of properly. I will make sure to share your blog with him. Thanks!

  3. Pamela Brown on February 23, 2018 at 5:31 am

    The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about the importance of asking the services that the vet that you’re considering offers to make sure that they can help you with the needs of your pets when the need arises. My goal is to find a vet clinic that does annual vaccinations for dogs. It’s important for me to keep my dogs healthy, so it will be convenient for me to find a vet clinic that can regularly check the health of my dogs and administer vaccines annually. Thanks for sharing all your tips.

  4. Latoya Anderson on February 28, 2018 at 4:53 am

    What really got my attention was how you said that by asking the vet that you’re interested in about the type of services that they offer, you can get an insight of their ability to help you with your pets’ needs. My goal is to find a vet that can regularly checkup my dogs and does pets dental cleaning as well. It will make sense for me to choose a vet that offers the services that my pets need. Thanks!

  5. Pamela Brown on March 1, 2018 at 5:42 am

    The best part of your blog for me is when you mentioned how ideal it is to ask the vet that you’re considering how long they have been in business so you can end up choosing a vet that’s well-known and established in your area. My sister gave me a Geman Shepherd puppy. I want her to be regularly checked by a reputable vet. This is why it will make sense for me to only trust a vet that’s known in my area for providing great services. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Petrics on May 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Florence Welch on April 30, 2019 at 12:51 am

    It sure piqued my interest when you pointed out the importance of asking your vet about the types of accreditations that they have before engaging in business with them to make sure that they offer the best professional treatment for your pet’s health concerns and needs. My cat has been acting up lately and hasn’t been eating her food. I’m afraid that she won’t get the proper nutrition if this continues. That is why I am looking for veterinarians in our locality that are trained and certified to handle these types of concerns. I’ll be sure to check on their certifications in order to make sure that they would be able to take care of my cat.

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