Finding the best veterinarian for your pet

If you have just brought a new pet into your home or perhaps you are new to the community and you have brought your pet with you. Once you’re settled in you will want to look for a veterinarian that is acceptable to both you and your pet. Choosing the right veterinarian is not a decision that should be taken lightly, remember; your pet has medical needs just as you do.

One objective when choosing the right vet is to choose one that you and your pet can enjoy a long relationship with. Take your time; unless you have waited until there is an emergency situation you have ample time to choose wisely.

There are a number of issues that should be considered when you are in the process of choosing a

veterinarian:

  • Does the practice offer emergency and after hour treatment? If they don’t, who do they

refer their patients that need emergency care to?

  • Does the clinic have up to date diagnostic and monitoring equipment?

  • What are the approximate costs of the various services that you will need on a routine

basis?

Don’t feel the least bit embarrassed or uncomfortable asking questions about the prospective

veterinarian, after all, you have to be the advocate for your pet as well as its voice.

Perhaps the best way to identify candidates is to get personal recommendations from other pet owners. Look for owners that somewhat share your philosophy when it comes to pet care. If you have just arrived in the city and you have yet to make any contacts another great source is the local animal shelter.

Once you have a short list of a few names it is time to size the veterinarian up to determine if he or she is right for you and your pet. Make an appointment, there is no need to take your pet at this stage, all you want is to have a good look at the clinic and meet with the veterinarian and a couple of staff members. When you make this initial visit look for the following:

  • Is there parking close to the clinic?

  • Is the clinic spotlessly clean and well organized? There should be no detectable odors, walls and floors should not be stained.

  • Do the staff appear to be caring people, do they communicate freely?

  • What diagnostic equipment do they have? Do they have a full surgical suite, do they have an in- house lab, are they set-up to take X-Rays, etc.

If you take the time to select the best veterinarian for your pet you can be assured of long lasting,

beneficial relationship and a happy and healthy pet.

If you live in Newport Beach CA or close by and you are looking for the best veterinarian for your pet you are invited to visit Lido Animal Hospital. Dr. Earl and his staff have been providing caring pet service for over 20 years.

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