Just like finding a physician for yourself who you feel comfortable with, it is equally important that you align yourself with a veterinarian or veterinary clinic that you trust. I often hear stories from clients who have not taken their "furry kid" to a vet for a considerable time because they feel the vet will overcharge them, take advantage of their emotional attachment to the pet and order unnecessary diagnostic tests, over-medicate or over-vaccinate, recommend procedures that don't really need to be done, etc.
If you feel this way about your veterinarian, you are going to the wrong one. There are a number of wonderful veterinarians out there and there is nothing wrong with switching until you get to one that is a good fit for you and your pet.
Things to look for:
1) They are able to get you into the schedule fairly quickly especially in an emergency situation.
2) They have friendly staff who are polite, respectful and relate well to your pet.
3) The office is clean and is well-appointed.
4) The veterinarian is friendly, warm, and interacts well with your pet.
5) Your pet clearly enjoys the touch and approach of the vet.
6) The veterinarian explains everything to your satisfaction and answers all of your questions.
7) The veterinarian explains what is necessary to do right away and what can wait.
8) The office understands your financial concerns and limitations and works with you without making you feel guilty.
9) The veterinarian offers options for treatments as opposed to just giving you one solution.
10) When you leave your appointments you feel confident that your pet is in good hands and you are not being taken advantage of.
To find these wonderful vets, talk to friends about who they use, check Yelp reviews, ask your pet sitter or dog walker about recommendations.
In order to keep your "furry kids" healthy and happy for their lifetime, it is essential that they receive proper veterinary care which includes a wellness exam once a year when they are under 8 years of age, and then twice a year after that. Preventing illness is much easier and less costly than treating it.