Finding the Right Vet for Your Pet
One of the most important decisions you'll make as a pet parent is finding a quality health care provider for your furry friend. Selecting the right veterinarian is a personal decision, but you'll want to choose a practice that offers the highest available standard of care.
When Should I Look for a Vet?
Guardians seek out new vets for a variety of reasons, including a recent adoption or move, concerns about a current vet's quality of care or treatment for a pet's specific health problem.
How Do I Look for a Vet?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) evaluates veterinary practices on the quality of their facilities, staff, equipment and patient care. Search the organization's website at www.aahanet.org for a list of accredited vets in your area.
It's also a good idea to ask for recommendations from friends, family and trusted neighbors-especially those who take a keen interest in their dogs' health and well-being.
How Do I Decide Which Vet Is right for My Dog?
Here are some things to consider when selecting a vet:
What Questions Should I Ask When I'm Selecting a Vet?
Although your questions may vary depending on the reason for your visit, you can use the following list as a guide:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions