Choosing the right vet for your cat is just as important as choosing your own primary care physician. Here are a few ways to make sure that you choose a veterinarian who fits in with your pet and your pet’s health insurance policy.
- Get referrals from friends and family. Word of mouth is always your best bet when it comes to choosing your cat’s future veterinarian. Call around to friends and family members and ask for their local recommendations. Keep in mind that some pet insurance policies require you to choose an in-network veterinarian. If this is the case, ask your insurance provider for a list of qualified vets in your area before you start asking for personal recommendations.
- Find out how many vets are available in each office. While many clinics choose to employ only one veterinarian, you might want to consider a clinic with at least two to three vets. In the case of an emergency, clinics with one veterinarian are less likely to provide the type of care that you need, simply because their resources are limited.
- Ask potential vets for a list of client referrals. Vets with positive client relationships often post happy letters and thank you notes around their lobbies or on their websites. If you don’t see any obvious signs of satisfied customers, you might want to consider looking elsewhere.
- Make sure your vet understands alternative medications and supplements. A vet who does not take the time to have opinions on the new trends in pet science may not be progressive enough to ensure your cat’s future health happiness.
- Visit your top two choices. After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential veterinarians, make an appointment with your top two choices for your cat’s routine checkup. While in the office, observe how the vet interacts with your animal to help make your final decision.