When you are choosing your veterinary care, often times it is more discriminatory than health-care for yourself.

Pet owners are choosy!

It might be the building, the decor or lack there of, the front desk person, or the veterinarian themselves. But the truth of the matter is, you do have to shop around for just the right fit, no matter what your decision is based on.

For me, because I am not only a dog owner, but I am also a professional trainer, I am picky. I know very clearly what I want and don’t want, and I rarely if ever put all of my eggs in one basket.

For the past 26 years I have had two to four veterinarians that I use, all for their individual expertise. When I say use, I mean every so often, now and again, appointments years apart. I don’t go very often, but when I do I need help, assistance, or information. I consider my veterinarians, much like my doctors, Teachers. When I go I want to learn and understand whatever it is that I am working through with my dogs. And I choose my teachers wisely.

So for me, as an example –


I don’t like walking into a clinic and having someone baby talk to me or my dog, or call them fur-baby, or my child. I don’t like fuss, excess, or manufactured joy

I don’t want to be in a room with someones inflated ego, be shamed or intimidated into making choices

I don’t want hyper-care, hysterical-care, or the bells & whistles type of over-care

I don’t want someone who is trying to up-sell me services that aren’t necessary, whether that is food, diagnostics, or pharmaceuticals


A holistic veterinarian that supports my dogs with acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal advice

A veterinary clinic that is super low key, a mature staff, and no up-selling of anything

Good solid care, solid people, and honest medical advise

Common Sense

The ability to listen and partner in my dogs health care

Affordable, I have a household filled with animals, this is important

In the case of an emergency, I want to know that I can trust the people I have chosen for my dogs


So for you, sit down and decide what you don’t want and what you do want, lists are helpful. Remember that this is an individual choice.

Go on-line and read, not reviews but websites. Invest in browsing through all of the information, so you get a good feel for the clinic and services.

Decide what type of service you are looking for. Do you like having a plan so you can go in as much as you want with your dog over the year, or do you want to just touch base with a veterinarian when you need something for your dog? Know the care that makes you feel supported and look for that.

It is up to you to find the right fit for you and your dog, and it is okay to shop around until you do. You are your dogs voice in the human world, you are the one making the choices, no other person, and your dog is counting on your efforts.



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikki Brown says:

    Good advice. You’d think that in an area as large as the one I live in that this would be an “easy” process. NOT! Journey is a long one and continues as one retires, or moves, etc.

  2. Margaret Huff says:

    I tried a new vet nearby. Never met him before. He barges into the room, loud, hey hi how are ya? Stressed my dog. Then after the exam tells me he will prescrible tranqs for before I come in next time. Guess what not gonna be a next time. Amazing, but so many vets have no clue about the mental state of an animal, not just the physical.

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