One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to take time to choose a knowledgeable and caring veterinarian. Ideally, this should be done before you bring your new pet home. If not, do this immediately afterward and take your pet in right away for a health and immunization check up.
If you do not know a good veterinarian already, try this:
Ask friends and/or neighbors about their veterinarian. You want to know:
A. Who treats their pets?
B. What have they treated the pet for?
C. Did the veterinarian appear knowledgeable about the condition at hand?
D. Did the pet get better with treatment or what was the outcome?
E. Did the prices seem reasonable?
F. Did someone from the veterinarian's office do a follow-up call afterward to
see if the pet was improving? (Did the veterinarian seem to care?)
G. What are the veterinarian's office hours? The longer the office hours, the
less likely you will have to go to the Emergency Veterinarian Clinic after
normal office hours, which can cost twice as much or more.
H. Did the veterinarian have to refer the pet to a specialist for something
simple? Specialists are very expensive as well.
Also, find out if the veterinarian/clinic you want to take your pet to is licensed.
The State of California Department of Consumers Affairs offers an online license
look up for consumers at:
Something similar to verify a veterinarian license may be available in your state.