choosing vet for your dog

Tips for Choosing a Vet

Posted Jan 13, 2017 in Health & Safety

Having a dog is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure your dog is fed, exercised, and happy, but you also need to make sure they are in good health. One of the keys to this is a great vet. When you have a vet that knows you and your pup well, keeping your dog healthy is easier. Finding a vet that understands your dogs needs, and also that you like, can be a challenge. But we’ve got some tips to help you choose the perfect match! 

Check Accreditation

This may seem obvious, but you should do your research on the veterinarian’s experience and education. While animal clinics and hospitals do not have to be American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited, ones that are are held to a higher standard. You can learn more about what it means to be AAHA accredited here, and find a hospital near you that is accredited! Beyond just researching the hospital or clinic, research the vet themselves too!


Depending on what you want, how involved or not involved your vet is may matter to you. Do you want the vet to be a community where you meet other dog owners? Some vets invite owners and pets to visit socially, others don’t. Decide if you want there to be a bigger sense of community and ask questions to see where the vet stands on this.

Interaction with Animals and Their Ideas

When deciding on a vet, you want to make sure you have someone whose philosophies line up with yours. Make sure you’re taking note on how they respond to your questions about how they will be treating your dog. Also observe how your vet interacts with other animals at the vet. Do you approve of their energy and nature around the dogs? Try to introduce your dog to the vet before you go for a visit in a more casual setting. Observe how your dog is reacting to their energy and be sure to see if your furry friend is getting comfortable with them.

Medical Equipment and Facilities 

Ask the hospital/clinic what equipment they have, like x-ray machines, ultrasound, dentistry, in-house lab tests, blood pressure, etc. If your dog has an specific needs make sure they have the ability to offer services for your pup. You should also ask for a tour and look around at the facilities at the hospital. If they are a high quality clinic/hospital, they will be proud of the place and show you everything they can. 

Other Staff

Ask questions about the vet techs and assistants that work at the hospital. These people will also be working with your dog and you want to make sure you trust them too. Observe how they interact with the animals, ask about their experience, and ask how long they usually stay. If there is a high turnover of employees, it might not be a great environment. 


While this is a very small aspect, a hospitals hours may be very necessary for you to know. If you work full time, you may need a place with more flexible evening hours or weekend hours. Do your research on this, but never let it outweigh the quality of care at the clinic. 

Choosing a vet can be hard, but with these tips you should find a great one in no time! Have fun searching!

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