Moving to a new town is a stressful experience. One necessary task is selecting a veterinarian you can trust with your dogs. It can be a bit overwhelming with everything else you have going on when relocating with pets, though!
Make a List of Veterinary Offices Within a Certain Radius
You ideally want your vet’s office to be fairly close to your new home, when possible. Start your hunt by searching online to make a list of veterinary offices within a short driving distance. If your dog isn’t thrilled with lengthy car rides, select a vet’s office within a few miles to lessen your dog’s anxiety and make vet visits a more pleasant experience.
Research Veterinary Office Requirements
If your daily life doesn’t allow for a flexible schedule, picking a vet with hours that fit your needs is important. For example, one that offers after-work appointments would keep you from taking time off work for routine office visits. Also, determine if you’re looking for an office that has multiple veterinarians on staff, which could increase availability of short-notice visits.
If you have pet insurance, review the terms to see if you have to visit an in-network office, or if you can use any veterinarian. If you prefer using natural therapies in addition to traditional medicine, finding a holistic vet may be important.
Check Online Reviews and Social Media Groups
Facebook and Google reviews are great to see feedback on local veterinary options. As people rarely take time to post about positive experiences, it’s important to take them with a grain of salt. However, if you see a consistent theme to negative reviews such as frequent cancellations, office closures, or other recurring complaints, you may want to look at other options.
Local Facebook groups can be another helpful option. Some areas have pet parent groups where members can share information and feedback on local veterinarians, while others have a general Who To Use-type group that could be beneficial.
Schedule a Health Checkup for Your Pet
The best way to meet your pet’s new veterinarian is by setting up a low-pressure appointment for a basic health checkup or vaccine update. It avoids the urgency of having to decide how much you trust the vet while dealing with a health crisis. It also allows your pet to meet them and develop a relationship so they feel comfortable with them in the future.
Locate a 24-hour Emergency Veterinary Office
Not all areas have a 24-hour emergency veterinary office nearby, but definitely look to see if one is available near you, and where it is located. You may want to use them as your primary vet, or just keep them as a backup option for emergencies. Hopefully, you never have to use them, but having a plan in place for emergencies eases a bit of the stress.
Have you moved and had to select a new veterinarian for your pets? How did you decide on the right one? Share with us below!
Hi there! I’m Natasha Thompson, creator of Om Shanti Pups, a health and holistic lifestyle dog blog. I love puppies (of all ages!), yoga, and dog rescue. I live all the way up in Alaska with my husband Dan and our two crazy four-year-old Puerto Rican sato street rescues Roxy & Rico. Find us on Instagram & Twitter @OmShantiPups, or visit https://OmShantiPups.com.