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Whether you just moved to New Market or you recently adopted a new pet, one of the first things you will need to do is find a great vet. That being said, finding the right vet for your pet isn’t always as simple as going to the first clinic that pops up in your search bar. It’s important to make sure that your vet is right for your specific pet, just like you would want your own doctor to be right for you. Luckily, at New Market Animal Hospital, our vets have years of experience and can provide your pet with the high-quality care that they deserve. Explore our website to learn more about our services and continue reading below for even more tips on how to find the right vet in New Market!

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Know Your Pet’s Needs In Advance

Some pets are very low maintenance and only require a check-up every six months and for vaccine boosters. However, if you have an older pet or a pet with special needs, they may require more than just standard care.

As you can imagine, this can have an impact on the vet you choose, so it’s vital that you know what your pet needs before you even start looking. Depending on the needs of your pet, you may even want to schedule consultations with vet clinics you are considering to be sure that they can accommodate your pet and provide them with all the care that they need to live a happy, healthy life.

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Ask for Personal Recommendations

If you’re new to the area, asking around for personal recommendations may be a little difficult, especially if you don’t know anyone. However, it can’t hurt to ask around at work or even ask neighbors if they have pets. 

Asking for recommendations is a great way to get honest advice that you may not be able to find on the internet. Ask friends and family members if they know of or use a vet that they really love. You may get a variety of answers, or you may see a name that keeps popping up. Once you have a few recommendations, you can do your own research and see if one of the vet clinics stands out.

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Look for Expertise With Your Specific Animal

The type of pet you have could help you determine what vet you visit. For example, if you have an exotic animal, you may want to look for a vet with more experience working with exotic pets. Additionally, there may be some vets in your area that have more experience working with dogs instead of cats, or vice versa.

When searching for a vet, you want to ensure that your pet will get the best care possible, and if your vet doesn’t have any training with your specific kind of pet, getting the care they need may be difficult. As you’re researching different vet clinics, make sure to look to see if they have expertise with your pet. If you don’t see anything listed on the website, don’t be afraid to give the vet a call to ask.

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Consider the Location and Hours

Another important thing to consider when looking for a vet is the location and hours of the clinic. If you work long hours or your pet needs to be seen during specific times, you’ll want to make sure that the vet clinic you choose offers appointments outside of normal business hours. Additionally, if you live in a rural area, you may want to choose a vet clinic that is located close by. You may also want to look to see if the vet offers emergency services, as you never know when your pet might need help.

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Learn About the Vet’s Approach to Medicine and Care

When you’re looking for a vet, it’s important to find one that shares the same approach to animal care as you. Some vets may be more likely to prescribe medication while others may take a more holistic approach. Each vet is different, so it may be a good idea to reach out to vet clinics that you are considering to inquire about their approach to care. Depending on the clinic, you may even find that the approaches of care are split between the vets that work there.

If you have specific questions about the vet’s approach to medicine and care, don’t be afraid to ask. You want to make sure that both you and your vet are on the same page when it comes to taking care of your pet.

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Create a List of Questions 

The best way to get to know a vet really well is to ask questions. With that in mind, it’s important to have a list of questions prepared before you even speak to the vet so that you can get the most out of your consultation. Here are a few questions to help get you started:

  • What is the clinic’s approach to animal care?
  • Do they offer emergency services?
  • How long have they been practicing veterinary medicine?
  • Do they have experience with my specific type of pet? 
  • What are their hours and location? 
  • Are they licensed and insured? 

You may also want to ask about pricing and whether or not the vet offers any discounts. It’s always important to be aware of what costs will be associated with visits to the vet, and it’s always a good idea to have a vet that is affordable.

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Schedule a Tour

Before you schedule your first vet appointment, it’s a good idea to schedule a tour of the vet clinic. Schedule a time where you can visit without your pet and get an idea of what you can expect from the clinic. Check out the waiting room, an exam room, and possibly even behind the scenes if you can. As you tour the clinic, you’ll be able to see if you feel comfortable. If you get a bad vibe from the clinic, it’s probably a good idea to look elsewhere, but if you feel comfortable and confident asking questions, then there’s a good chance that the clinic is right for you!

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Don’t Be Afraid to Try a Different Clinic

If you decide to take your pet to one clinic and it doesn’t seem like the best fit, don’t be afraid to look somewhere else. You want a veterinarian clinic where both you and your pet can feel comfortable and receive the best care. If your current vet isn’t doing the trick, there is no harm in trying somewhere else until you find the right fit, even if it means starting this process all over again.

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Check out New Market Animal Hospital Today!

Looking for a new vet clinic? New Market Animal Hospital is the place to go! We have years of experience caring for animals of all sizes, and our goal is to help both you and your pet feel at ease as soon as you walk into our clinic. We understand how vital it is to trust your vet clinic and feel as though we’re always putting your pet first, so our promise is to do everything we can so that you can rest assured that we are the right fit.

Explore our website to learn more about our veterinarian services, and reach out to our team at New Market Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment for your furry friend today!