If you are checking out veterinarians, the first thing you need to do is visit her practice without your pet to look around and talk to the vet. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Raise any concerns you may have. Here are some other things you should look for.
- Education and experience.
Has the vet continued to update her knowledge through continuing education? Is she certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), which requires extra training?
You should also check to make sure that the practice is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. Many good veterinary practices are not accredited, but with accreditation, you know that your pet will get good care.
How many veterinarians are in the practice? If there are several, they will often cover for each other during vacations or other absences?
How does the vet respond to your questions and concerns? Do you feel the vet is someone who will listen to you and be responsive?
Can you get prompt responses to your medical questions? If your pet needs to be placed in the hospital, can you call whenever you want for updates on his or her condition?
- Medical equipment.
A good practice should have x-ray and ultrasound equipment, as well as the resources to perform dental exams and procedures and do lab tests. It should have IV pumps available, as well as the ability to monitor blood pressure and eye pressure.
The vet should be able to send out the labs for analysis and refer to specialists if needed. Also, if your pet has a particular medical condition, how much experience does the vet have in treating such problems?
- Working with animals.
See how the vet interacts with her patients. Is she able to handle them? Can she calm them and take control? How does your pet react to her?
How does the clinic monitor animals in the facility overnight? How does it evaluate pets before surgery? How doesit handle pain management?
- Veterinary staff.
How do they deal with questions over the telephone? Do they seem to know what they are doing, and are they polite? Are your calls answered promptly or do you have to wait? Does the staff include licensed veterinary technicians?
- The facility.
Take a tour of the practice. Does it look clean and well kept? Do you notice any unpleasant odors?
We hope you understand, but we can’t accept sick dogs for boarding here at Barney’s Ranch. Chronic conditions that can be treated with medication are fine, but if you dog vomits, pees or poops often due to illness, we can’t accept him. If you have any questions, please call us at (469) 273-1661 or send us a message at info@BarneysRanch.com.