4 Things to Ask Before Choosing an Animal Clinic

If you move to a new location or adopt a companion animal, you will need to find a nearby clinic to help care for the newest member of your family. It is important to find a veterinarian that you can trust. This experienced professional will be a valued resource for your pet’s well-being. When choosing an animal clinic, ask family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. You should also call and make appointments to visit several animal clinics. Here are four things to consider when choosing an animal clinic:

1. Number and Qualifications of the Staff

Determine the number of veterinarians on staff. While some practices assign specific doctors to the animals, many veterinarians share patient treatment responsibilities. Doctors often cover for one another during vacations or other absences. Veterinarians also work with a staff of trained professionals. These include veterinary technicians and support staff. Ask about their training, qualifications and certifications. Observe whether the staff is calm, courteous and caring.

2. Available Services

Determine whether the clinic performs their own surgical procedures and whether they have an onsite pharmacy. Inquire about their preventative care programs, such as vaccines and heartworm tests. You will also want to know about their procedures should your pet have to remain at the clinic overnight.

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3. Appointments, Walk-ins and Emergencies

Determine the clinic’s normal operating hours and the procedure for scheduling appointments. You should also ask the staff whether walk-ins appointments are available for animals requiring urgent care. Find out if the clinic handles their own emergencies or if they will direct you to another facility.

4. Payment Options

Discuss the billing policies and fees to determine if they are within your budget. While cost should not be the main consideration when choosing an animal clinic for your pet, the information does help when evaluating comparable facilities. Consider whether or not they accept your pet insurance if you have one.

If you just moved to town, we’d love to have your pet as our newest patient. Call 504-835-4266 to schedule your first appointment today. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you might have!