If you have never had a pet before, or if you are new to an area, choosing a new vet can be quite a daunting task. You want to make sure that your pet is well looked after and that they are in capable hands. We have put together this guide to help pet owners decide on which local vets are the right choice for them and their much-loved animals.
Just like any services or products, you should read some reviews before committing to purchase it. Choosing a vet is no different. Speak to your friends and family members that live in the same area as you. Let them know that you are looking for a new vet and ask them their experiences with the different veterinary surgeries that are local to you. Most surgeries have pages on social media – look through their page and get a real feel for what they are all about. Take a close look at their reviews that have been left by other people.
Most vets are trained in treating common pets such as; dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets like guinea pigs, rats and hamsters. If your pet is rarer, you may need to find a specialist vet. Exotic pets such as snakes, lizards, tortoises, frogs and even birds will need to be seen by an expert vet. Exotic vets are much harder to find, however, there are hundreds across the UK. It just means that you may have to travel a few extra miles to visit them. It is important to do your research and find the right vet for your animal.
One factor that is really important to consider is how far the vet surgery is situated from your home. In an emergency, you want to be able to get your pet there as soon as possible. Try to stay within a 10 mile radius of your home, if possible. Not only will this help in an emergency, should it ever unfortunately happen, but will be much easier for you when you are picking up medication or taking your pet for their appointments.
Many pet owners would be happy to pay whatever was needed to make their companion better in a medical crisis. However, for the routine medical care such as annual health checks, injections and flea and worming treatments, you do not need to pay over the odds. When you are deciding on a new vet to register your pet with, ask for a price list. Compare the prices with others, and find one that seems reasonable. The majority of vets now offer payment plans to help you spread the cost of yearly routine treatment over smaller monthly payments. These payment plans tend to be great value for money, with additional benefits usually included.