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9 Tips for Choosing the Right Vet for Your Cat

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Proper veterinary care is indispensable in your cat's life. It's one of the foundations of good health and long life in your furry friend. When choosing a vet for your cat, it's crucial to choose a veterinarian you can trust and one who provides quality healthcare. However, with lots of vet practices out there, any cat owner knows that finding a veterinarian who fits the bill can be challenging.

For this reason, we've put together nine tips to help you choose the right vet for your cat.

1. Vet Accreditation and Experience

There have been cases over the years of pet owners falling prey to fake vets and illegitimate clinics. Doing a background check into your potential vet's credentials and certification is essential to be sure they are current and appropriate. Besides, you'll want to research their specialization and track record to ensure they have a clean record, free of malpractice or other problems.

2. Your Cat's Needs and Vet Specialty

Every cat has unique health needs, and those needs change as they age. Ask your vet about their specialties. Seeing the wrong type of specialist can prevent the accurate diagnosis of your cat's ailment and, therefore, incorrect treatment.

Today there are exclusive clinics for cats and different animals. Ensure that your kitty receives attention from a cat specialist! Bringing your cat to a dog specialist veterinarian is not the best choice. Ensure that you pick the right type of vet specialty for your cat's health needs. For example, a vet specializing in vaccination and primary cat care may not be the best choice for chronic conditions like diabetes. You may want to look for a vet with a special interest in feline diabetes in such cases.

3. Work Ethic and Values

You want a vet with whom you can communicate effectively and in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Take notice of the personality, philosophy, and communication of the vet and their supporting staff. You must have confidence in your vet's values and attitude towards both you and your cat.

Are they friendly? What's their body language? How well do they interact with other cats or animals? Do they show genuine love, care, and concern for animals? Are they detailed and attentive when assessing cat health issues? If they aren't focused enough, the chances are that they may miss vital clues of possibly severe conditions. Your vet should also be humble and honest enough to recognize their boundaries and recognize when a case requires specialized intervention. Such a vet will be quick to suggest you seek a specialist rather than offer an immediate diagnosis and attempt to handle it.

4. Services and Operating Hours

An excellent veterinary practice will have top equipment and services such as x-rays, blood pressure monitoring, ultrasound, in-house lab tests, dentistry, etc. Other bonus services might include hair and nail -styling, training, etc.

24-hour vet care services and monitoring are better because you can't predict when your cat will get ill and require immediate medical assistance. If your preferred vet doesn't offer 24-hour services, ask them to provide a reliable vet contact that offers round-the-clock services should an emergency arise. Nonetheless, don't eliminate a vet clinic just because they lack 24-hour services. Instead, always be prepared and have a contact at hand in case of any emergency.

5.  Location

Your vet candidate must be located somewhere convenient to you. Although vet proximity is appealing, driving a few extra miles is worthwhile if it means better services. Either way, weigh your options and pick the better one. Notably, veterinary clinics now provide home-based care for cats with locomotion issues or those that get stressed during vet trips, which can be an excellent option.

6. Visit the Vet Facilities

Before visiting with your cat, place a cold call or plan a scheduled appointment for a first impression of the vet practice. You can tell a lot by the office staff's phone etiquette and even more when you physically meet them. Most vet practices clinics will offer guided tours when possible on their facilities and services. Take the opportunity to ask questions and see how they answer. The first visit without your cat allows you to assess the facility environment and staff and if they're a good match for your kitty's needs.

7. Price

Your cat's health is priceless! So, price shouldn't be a determining factor in choosing a vet. Regardless of the cost, prioritize the quality of treatment and services offered. Other than that, some crucial questions to ask the clinic in this scope are: Does the vet have fixed costs for set procedures, or do they give full quotes before treatment? What methods of payment do they accept? Do they accept credit?

8. Ask Around

Talking to your family and friends about their vets is another excellent way to find a good vet. Recommendations from sources you trust can lead you to a highly-skilled, efficient vet. However, remember that just because a vet is ideal for your neighbor's or friend's feline doesn't mean that they are right for yours. You can also use the internet and local directory pages to find a vet in your area. Make sure to check your candidate's reviews and any issues raised by past clients.

9. Your Gut Feeling

Sometimes a vet may tick all the boxes, but you still feel like something's amiss. Well, don't ignore that feeling but act on it.

Selecting the right vet for your cat is necessary to lead a healthy life. Whether you need to make a vet change or a specialist to take care of specific illnesses, these tips will help you choose the right vet for your cat.

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