Heartworms are one parasite you definitely want to help your pet avoid. They are often fatal to both dogs and cats. Did you know that 19 percent of owners do not take their pets to an annual checkup? Heartworm, which is preventable, represents just one reason your pet should visit the vet at least once a year. There are many websites now that offer listings of vets in your area. Here are four things to keep in mind while looking for quality veterinary services.
1. Good reviews
If you need a vet, a good way to start up a list is to ask friends and family for recommendations, and see if any of those names match up with vet lists of clinics in your area. Most established businesses now have online feedback from clients. This is a great way to see the unbiased impression other pet owners have received.
2. Clean facilities
An unclean veterinary office is not only unpleasant to be in, but it can also increase the risk of your pet picking up diseases or parasites from other visiting animals. A well run office will not only help keep your pet safe, but also help to keep their stress levels down. Look for well organized offices that keep clean floors and chairs, have updated information about their services, and who have a friendly and informative staff.
Did you know that over 60 percent of pugs have hip dysplasia? If your pet experiences many issues particular to its species or breed, you might receive better care by dealing with a doctor that specializes and has years of experience in this type of care. Many vet listings are for clinics that deal specifically with small dogs, large dogs, exotic animals, or just cats. This option can sometimes be ideal for more nervous animals as well. Many cats are less frightened to be in offices where there are no large dogs present.
Some vet offices have emergency care facilities, while others are not equipped for this. Look through veterinarian listings to see what different vet clinics are offering. If you really like one vet but they do not offer emergency or after hours urgent care, ask which office they would instead refer you to if an accident happened.
Is there anything you would recommend looking for in vet listings? Let us know in the comments!