Getting the choice of vet right is an important decision to make for your pet. If you live in an urban area there will be plenty of choice of vet and there are any number here in Birmingham within a short drive. So what should you look for and consider.
- Get some personal recommendations from fellow pet owners – ideally ones with the same type of pet as your own.
- Ask about prices. We took our cats to the vet the breeder used, for the remainder of their initial injections and their neutering, because they were the cheapest around (and the breeder was happy with them – she drove from Ledbury to Birmingham to visit them because they were so much cheaper!). We didn’t find booster prices varied as much, so we opted for convenience for our ongoing, regular vet.
- Think about how you will get to the vet and where you will park. Our vets has a reasonable amount of parking outside and we have always been able to get a space. This makes the process less stressful for everyone.
- Ask where their out of hours service works from. Many vets will share services or only provide them at one surgery if they are part of a chain. Our vets provides the service at our home branch, so that’s convenient. When my last cat was dying we had to navigate to a unfamiliar and fairly distant part of Birmingham (in pre-satnav days) and it added to the stress levels. Also if you have an injured or sick cat you’d want to get medical help quickly. With our current cats, it was a key consideration in our choice of vets.
- If you have an unusual pet or a pet with a health condition, you might want to consider a specialist vet and obviously this will limit your choice.
I would recommend thinking through and asking a few questions when choosing a vet.