(Closed) How to pick a vet?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

When we adopted Toby, our silky terrier, we receieved a few recommendations from the clinic.  We took him to one for his shots, and didn’t like her at all.  We ended up looking up reviews online.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Take him to a local park and ask other dog owners!

Owners who love their vets will rave about them!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You could call your parents’ vet and ask if they can refer you to someone closer. We lucked out when we adopted kittens, a good friend of ours is dating a vet so we just take them to her place!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’ve just gone with trial and error. 🙂 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ask around town or look a few up and then visit them.

Most places will talk to you a bit and/or give you a tour of the hospital, esp if you call first.  You may not get much time with the vet, but it would give you a bit of a feel for the place. 

Otherwise, I would ask then about IV fluids during surgery- most of the better more progressive clinics will be routinely giving IV fluids with regular surgeries. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I second the idea of getting recommendations from your parents’ vet or the shelter where you got them.

Also, if your area is large enough, check Yelp or CitySearch.  That’s how we found our vet and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Where did you get the puppies from? The breeder, rescue group, or shelter should have a recommendation. I found my vet via looking online at the reviews people had written and by asking friends. I would not take puppies to a dog park, especially if they are not fully vaccinated yet. Dog parks are notorious for spreading infectious disease.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The shelter or rescue you got the puppies from should be able to provide vet recommendations – that’s how we found our vet. You could also contact professional (licensed, insured) petsitters in your area, and see who they recommend – in our case, our petsitter and shelter recommended the same vet.

You have a cat too, right? (Hope I’m remembering correctly!) Is there any reason you don’t want to take them to the same vet your cat goes to?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Forgot to add – if you want one close to your home, you cuold always go in and visit the clinics close by your house and talk to the vet and vet techs there. See if you “click” with any of them. good luck!

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