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How to Choose an Animal Hospital

Whether you have a horse or a large dog, a rabbit or a reptile, if you are the owner of animal, you undoubtedly treat her like a part of your family. You wouldn’t trust your human loved ones with an unqualified or inexperienced doctor, and as a responsible and loving owner, finding an animal hospital and veterinary professionals that you can trust should be an immediate priority.


Nevertheless, with so many animal hospitals to choose from, how do you know which can provide the services you need and the care that your pet deserves? Finding the right animal care provider can feel like a daunting process, but there are some guidelines which you can follow, which will help you to find and animal hospital that is right for your unique needs.


Ask around for recommendations

If you have friends or family in the area who have similar pets to yours, what better way to find a great animal hospital than to ask for a personal recommendation? This is particularly useful if you have a more exotic or unusual pet, as not all veterinarians may have extensive experience in these types of animals. Even if you can’t get a specific recommendation, you may get a feel for which practices to avoid.


Consider if your pet needs any specialist facilities

Just like humans, many pets have chronic health conditions, some of which require specialist facilities and advanced levels of care. For example, your pet may require cardiology equipment or orthopedic services in order for her to live a long, healthy and happy life. This is something that you will need to consider when it comes to choosing the right animal hospital for your pet.


Visit the practice

While an animal hospital may look great on paper, you can only really get a feel for the environment and staff by visiting the practice and taking a tour of the facility. Any quality practice team will take the time to make you and your pet feel welcomed and valued and answer any questions that you may have.


Some of the most commonly asked questions that you may wish to consider asking include:

  • What are your office hours, and do you offer out-of-hours emergency care?
  • Can I email your administration team and veterinarians?
  • How long does it usually take to get an appointment?
  • Am I able to request to see a specific vet?
  • Do you have a relationship with any specialists that you can refer my animal to if necessary?
  • Do you offer grooming and boarding?
  • What happens if my pet needs to stay in your care?
  • What insurance plans do you accept? Do you offer payment plans of your own?



As veterinary care is such an important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing, it is important that you find a practice that has staff that you can build a rapport with and develop trust. Follow the tips above, trust your instincts and you will soon find an animal hospital with which you can form a trusting relationship, and feel reassured that your pet is in safe and caring hands.

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