Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Muskoka, Ontario
well I just finished "shopping" for a new vet. For me, it is totally about their views on health care: what is their position on diets and this doesn't mean the "yes science diet is the best food on the market!" sales pitch, actual knowledge on food and diet, do they support raw (bc I feed raw) and have knowledge; pharmaceuticals- I take a minimal only approach, only when all else has failed or is an urgent situation; do they support/have knowledge in alternative therapies; vaccines you got covered; can you have open, honest conversations rather than being bullied into treatments; do they keep up on their education, speak at or attend seminars; how do they react when discussing something and you disagree or would like more info; a discussion about basic fees is good, though not always something they like (who cares) bc some vets vary quite dramatically in fees, but if it's worth it than it's fine; will they book some time to meet with you and be "interviewed" so to speak about their views on heath care (make sure you verify no fee for this, I scratched several bc they wanted to charge me, just to meet the vet for 10 mins, lots will meet with you, no charge); what are the hours of operation and do they suit your schedule; and my personal fave, GOOGLE....believe it or not I found out a lot of good stuff about my new vet this way. When I met her, she cudn't believe what I knew about her, about seminars she organized with Jean Dodds, that she took courses with Richard Pitcairns...was probably THE reason I ended up choosing her. A good referral helps, but as long as the person referring has the same view on health you do.
Dexter-male, sable GSD, 2 yr. old rescue
"My impetus is an unfulfillable debt to animals
entrusted to my care before I recognized the extent of our advanced industrial and societal hypocrisy (i.e. the extent of my own ignorance and participation)."
Kato- 12 yrs, GSD, forever my friend
Kelsey- 15 yrs, GSD, an inspiration