How to Pick an Animal Hospital
As there are more and more animals per household every year, new veterinary hospitals surface everywhere in the country. Some of the most vital life decisions have something to do with health care – and this certainly applies to our pets as well.
The following are tips and factors to look into as you look for a veterinary hospital:
The best way to start your vet search is by filtering for AAHA accreditation. If they have it, that means the American Animal Hospital Association has performed a thorough third-party analysis of the hospital in various areas, such as emergency services, pharmaceutical supplies, record keeping and the rest. Once AAHA accreditation has been granted, periodic evaluations will be conducted as a requirement to maintain status. Less than 15 % of all veterinary hospitals and centers in the United States and Canada have been recognized with AAHA Accreditation. Always remember this before choosing a vet hospital. Never compromise when it comes to quality of care.
Personal Recommendations and Online Reviews
After striking the non-AAHA accredited veterinary hospitals off your shortlist, it’s time to dig more information about those remaining locations you have. And the Internet couldn’t be a better place to do it. You will surely find a lot of information just sitting in front of a computer screen. Read reviews! But of course, you can’t beat personal referrals or recommendations from people you actually know and trust, like friends, family members, etc. If you just moved to a new place or if you’re caring for your first pet ever, the advice of local old-timers can be invaluable. They could give you a peek into the strong and weak points of a particular facility, or maybe recommend specialist vets if needed.
Making a Decision
Create your final list of at least two or three potential vets based on accreditation and recommendations, as well as on practical factors like location and fees. Then you can go visit every one of these places to get a vibe of them yourself. They may all be accredited and they may all be highly reputed, but in the end, you may have to count on your gut when making your choice. Schedule an appointment with a vet and bring your pet with you. It will be your best shot at seeing how both get along with one another without committing long-term just yet.
Besides, it’s great to know different vets or be acquainted with different animal hospitals so you have options. Bottomline is you have to make use of all your available resources and then make a choice based on your own judgment.