Tips for Choosing the Right Vet
by NW Vet Staff
One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a pet owner is finding a quality health care provider. Selecting the right veterinarian is a personal decision, but you’ll want to choose a practice that offers:
- The highest available standard of care.
- A commitment to gentle handling techniques to reduce the stress of visits
- A true desire by the entire staff to provide you with the care, compassion and understanding you and your pet deserve.
There are several choices in town. How do I decide which vet is best for my pet?
- Arrange for a tour without your pet to speak with the staff and get an overall feel of the facilities. Be wary of a clinic that does not voluntarily offer tours.
- During your appointment, look around and consider whether the space is clean, modern and well-organized.
- Veterinarians should work with a team of professionals, including technicians and qualified support staff, so you'll likely want to evaluate the entire vet team's competence and caring. On your clinic tour, make sure to interact with staff members, don’t forget these are the individuals who will be taking care of your pet before, during and after procedures and hospital stays. Are they friendly and genuine? Did they take obvious pride in their extremely important job? Driving a few extra miles or paying a bit more may be worth it to get the care you want for your pet.
- Do you have good rapport with the vet? Effective communication is essential to any health care relationship.
- Ask questions! Don’t be shy; most vets appreciate it when their clients take an interest in their pets’ care.
You want your vet to be a long term partner. This decision could be the difference between a healthy and unhealthy pet.
What to look for and what to ask:
- What is their appointment availability? Are hours convenient?
- What is the protocol for pain management?
- Do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics or behavior?
- What sort of equipment does the practice use? Is it cutting edge vs. old fashioned?
- Does the vet refer patients to specialists?
- How are patients evaluated before anesthesia and surgery? What anesthesia is used?
- Does the practice have licensed veterinary technicians on staff?
- Is the facility clean, comfortable and well-organized?
- Do they offer house calls?
- Are dog and cat cages in separate areas?
- Is the staff caring, calm, competent and courteous, and do they communicate effectively?
- Are X-rays, ultrasound, blood work, EKG and other diagnostics done in-house or referred to a specialist?
- Which emergency services are available?
- Is location and parking convenient?
What If I already have a vet, can I switch?
When selecting a veterinarian, you're doing more than searching for a medical expert. You're looking for someone to meet your needs and those of your pet, a doctor who has people as well as animal skills. The worst time to look for a vet is when you really need one, so plan ahead and choose wisely.
What sets Northgate Veterinary Clinic and Broadway Animal Hospital apart?
Like you, we love our pets! We want to see them thrive and happily live their best life while in our care.
At our clinics:
- You are part of the family! We welcome you not only as a pet owning client, but you become a part of our amazing family!
- You are at the right place in the best hands! We have the very best veterinarians and the most dedicated team of staff members, all working together for you and for your pet.
- You will have access to the very latest in technology and a team of specialists in the community locally as well as across the country. This access allows us the ability to expand our capabilities and consultation opportunities for the absolute best care available.
- We are continually growing and learning. The veterinary medical field is continually changing and advancing. We have made a significant commitment to educating our doctors and staff continually so that you are always getting the latest data, research and options available.
- A gentle approach. We want the veterinary experience to be as stress-free as possible. With that in mind, we are committed to “low stress” handling techniques so that we can reduce the amount of fear and anxiety your pet may experience.
- We are local and a part of our community. We love that we are locally owned and operated. We love the cities we serve and are committed to community involvement and charity work.
We truly believe that it is a privilege to serve our community of pets and pet owners. We are here to pay special attention to the unique needs of each pet, as well as to the special requests you may have. We care for them in health and to aid them in illness can be challenging.
Being gentle, open, compassionate, educational, and professional is what we are all firmly committed to providing for you. We do all this with comfort and gentleness in mind when handling and caring for your pet.
Call us to schedule a meeting with our care team, you will see the reason we are the leader in pet healthcare.
Please explore our site to learn more about us. Please also reach out with any questions to either of our Seattle or Everett veterinary locations. We take pride in being the best veterinary clinics the puget sound.
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