15 Jun How to Find the Perfect Vet for Your Bully
Vets play an integral role in the lives of animals they serve. Not all vets are right for every bully, so you’ll need to do a little legwork to find one that’s a good fit.
When conducting your search, consider the following:
Has he or she worked worked with bullies in the past? This is first question you should ask when weighing your options.
The vet should also have a degree from an accredited institution. It should be on display somewhere in the office, along with any special certifications they have received.
Also, inquire about the track record of the staff since they will be interacting with your bully.
Do their operating fit your schedule? Is there a physician on call around the clock in the event of an emergency? Are emergency appointments available? The latter is pertinent if your bully is plagued by a life-threatening injury.
Most offices do not offer walk-in urgent care after normal operating hours. But they should be able to refer you to a facility that can tend to your injured pet’s needs.
Search for facilities that are inviting, spacious, and sanitary. Being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is a must.
The office should also have tools to perform basic diagnostic procedures. These include blood work, x-rays and ultrasounds. Offices that can perform surgical procedures are also a plus.
Does the vet host canine health and wellness events for new and existing patients? Are they involved in the community? What about on-site tours for those who are interested in selecting them as a provider? This isn’t a deal-breaker, but you want a vet that expresses a deep concern for dogs outside his network of patients.
Pet care can be very pricey, so an affordable provider is best. Find out if they accept insurance or discount plans. Also, check with nearby providers to compare rates.
Don’t be afraid to peruse online reviews and ask others about their past experiences. If the overall consensus is not good, you may not want to risk it.
The office should send out reminders and other important correspondence to their patients. Ask about their communication policy to avoid any surprises.
The Bottom Line
It’s better to be proactive with your search rather than wait until something comes up.
If your bully is tense during appointments, this may be a sign of a bigger issue. Or the environment may be too stressful for your bully. Either way, you should seek alternatives.
So, start your search early and don’t be afraid to move on if it doesn’t seem to be working out.