Choosing a Veterinarian
Choosing a Veterinarian is a big decision.
Your vet will play a major role in keeping your dog healthy and it is best if you have the same vet from puppyhood on.
Choosing a vet is super important and is not something you should take lightly. There are plenty of websites out there that will rate vets, but we don’t think they are a very good way to choose your vet. We’re going to lay out a few ways for you here that will make choosing a veterinarian easy.
When you are choosing a veterinarian, the first thing you should do is ask your friends that have pets who they see. Find out about their personal experiences with the vet. Ask them questions about how much time the vet spends in the room with them, if they feel like the vet is interested in all of their questions. Does the vet seem to remember their dog from visit to visit?
Your friends are a great reference. Something to remember about websites that rank veterinarians and other services is that the unhappiest voices will often be the loudest. Vets, like any professional, will make mistakes and have unhappy clients. This is not a reason to rule out a vet. How they handle their mistakes is what matters. Your vet, no matter who you choose, has made mistakes in the past and will make more in the future. It is just a fact.
All of our Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies see the same veterinarian. Our vets facility is clean, the are most often prompt with appointment times and they have a genuine love for animals. As does their staff.
After you’ve gotten some ideas from your friends, call a few of the veterinarians they recommended to you. Ask them if they are accepting new clients. Find out if you can set up an appointment to come and see the clinic and meet the veterinarian and maybe a tech or two. Go and judge to see if the clinic is what you have in mind.
If you’re having trouble finding a veterinarian you like, or don’t have friends with pets, try contacting a local dog training school. Tell them you are a new puppy owner and are wondering if they can recommend any veterinarians with you. While you are on the phone with them – register your puppy for a class. Dog school owners and managers talk to a wide variety of dog owners constantly. They probably know of most of the vets in the area and have a pretty good gauge on how people feel about them.
Also, you can always hop on google and look up your local AKC chapter. People involved in AKC shows and events are very up on the pet and pet medicine scene in your area. Whether or not you are interested in showing your dog or not, these people will definitely be interested in helping you find a good vet.
When you do meet your new veterinarian for the first time, ask them a few questions. Don’t overdue it – most vets are busy people. I don’t see anything wrong with asking a veterinarian why they decided to go in to the field of Veterinary Medicine. Your vet should be conversational with you, just like you would expect a pediatrician to be with your child. Most of us wouldn’t take our child back to a pediatrician who was cold and only business-like.
It has been our experience that most people who go in to Veterinary Medicine do it because they love dogs. Believe it or not, they don’t get rich from their practices. They could have made a lot more money becoming doctors for people. Maybe we have just gotten lucky on the veterinarians we have encountered, but we don’t think you should have too tough of a time choosing a veterinarian you like.
At Far North Kennel, we breed both short and Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about dog training, behavior or owning one of our puppies. Feel free to contact us anytime!