The ideal veterinarian

How do you easily choose an expert for your cat? Choosing the ideal veterinarian for your cat is not an easy task. You don’t care what hands your cat can hold. First of all, you need to find a person in whose presence both you and your cat feel comfortable. To whom you can freely ask questions and with whom you can build a relationship of trust.

You want the ideal veterinarian to take care of your cat’s long, happy and healthy life. So don’t rush into making such an important decision.

When and where to start

The the best thing to do is to look for a veterinarian when you have an emergency. You will surely hurry at that moment and it will not be a good time. Therefore, take care of this aspect before you decide to adopt a kitten.

After you bring her home, you will need a veterinarian for vaccinations and deworming. So you can start your search by requesting references from other pet owners.

Then pay a visit to several offices in the area where you live. An increasing number of clinics are dedicated to cats. However, in the locality where you live, you may not find a cabinet dedicated exclusively to cats.

Some factors can help you decide that it is better to choose an office that deals with both dogs and cats. In any case, in the clinic you choose, your cat must be calm and relaxed.

Cats sometimes tend to be nervous and prefer quiet places. If you choose a clinic where both dogs and cats are treated, try to find one that has separate entrances.

The ideal clinic, which does not only deal with cats, will have separate waiting rooms for dogs and cats. This avoids contact between species. Ideally, there should be separate spaces for dogs and cats if the animals need internment for hospitalization for several days.

If there is no separate waiting room for cats, they should at least be moved to a quiet consultation room.

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Cabinet and staff experience

Here are some other aspects to keep in mind when looking for a veterinary office:

-comply with hygiene standards

-must-work on a schedule

-have specialized equipment (ultrasound, EKG, etc.)

Also, when talking to your veterinarian about your pet, it should inspire your gentleness, understanding and affection for cats. If the veterinarian is not willing to explain everything to you, then you can look for another one. Ask your veterinary staff how capricious cats are treated. Veterinary office employees need to know how to get a cat out of the cage you are carrying.

You can find out from friends about pets or how the cats in the care of the office are treated. Certainly, to be a good paediatrician, you don’t need to have children. But a veterinarian better understands cats’ problems if he, in turn, has a cat.

Meet with several veterinarians before choosing the right one for your cat.

Veterinarians can be general practitioners or specialists in a certain field: ophthalmology, surgery, pathology.

It also shows a preference for certain animals: there are, for example, veterinarians who treat canine diseases better than feline ones, or vice versa. Therefore, it is important to inform yourself about all these aspects.

If you have a purebred cat, the veterinarian needs to know the specific problems of that breed. Especially if she participates in exhibitions, your cat needs professional care. In this situation, make sure that your veterinarian is up to date with the latest trends in the field.

Work in a team

For your kitten to be as good as possible, you and the vet need to work together as a team.

In general, cats do not like the vet at all. They are usually taken by car. Get in touch with other animals as well. For their safety and yours, always carry the cat in the cage (carrier).

Follow the appointments and contact your veterinarian by phone even if you have an emergency. This makes sure you have enough time for your cat. Do not ask for the diagnosis over the phone.

Because at home you will continue the prescribed treatment and you will follow the instructions of the vet, it is important “to speak the same language”. A skilled veterinarian will make sure that you understand exactly what problems the animal is facing and what to do. In medicine, a specialized language is often used. The technical terms certainly have their place. But any condition can be described in words in the common vocabulary, which any person can understand.

If the vet is not willing to explain everything to you, then you can look for another one.

If you are lucky enough to find a veterinarian you can trust from the start, just go to him. Thus, he will be able to know the medical history of the animal.

Also, a close relationship with a single veterinarian has a positive impact on the cat. The cat will get used to it and gain confidence in it.

Correct services

Find out about rates for basic services such as office visits, vaccinations and tests. A good veterinarian must be able to openly discuss any treatment plan and make objections.

A good veterinarian does not have to wait for the client’s estimate: he must anticipate this.

Price is also often seen as an indicator of performance. If a veterinarian does not charge high prices, it does not mean that he is not competent in the field. Rather, you can consider that he does not treat animals as a business. Follow the professionalism and results of the veterinarian. Do not let yourself be influenced by the external appearance of the clinic or office where it operates. If you are not fully satisfied with the attitude of the veterinarian, keep looking.

You have to keep in mind that animals are patients who can’t tell what hurts. Many diseases have similar symptoms.

An ideal veterinarian is one who gives equal importance and time to all cases, carefully examines and investigates each patient and is not in a hurry to establish the diagnosis.

Emergencies

Find out about program hours and how emergencies are handled. If emergency calls during the weekend and the night are redirected to other clinics, it would be good to know what these clinics are and to visit them as well.

Finally, you should be satisfied with the way your veterinarian informs you about your cat’s health. Make sure there is good communication, that the vet comes back with information, that he will call you again to inquire about your cat and that you will not be ignored.

Conclusion

As stated above, your relationship with your veterinarian must be one of partnership, in which both of you make sure of your kitten’s well-being.

An ideal veterinarian is one who gives equal importance and time to all cases. Carefully examine and investigate each patient. Do not rush to make a diagnosis.

Choose your veterinarian patiently.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing a clinic to treat your cat: Is the

  • location between a good area that is easy to get to?
  • Is your phone answered promptly?
  • What are the accepted payment methods?
  • When should the payment be made?
  • Are credit cards accepted?
  • What types of services does the clinic offer you?
  • Are the staff qualified and friendly?
  • If it is a general veterinarian, is he willing to recommend a specialist if needed?
  • Do they have ancillary services such as grooming for example?

Because vet visits are quite expensive and you don’t know when you need them, you might want to think about taking out health insurance for your cat. You can find out details by accessing the following link.

If you liked my post, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment. Tell me about your experience with your veterinarian. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

You can now learn to communicate directly with your cat.

 

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14 Replies to “The ideal veterinarian”

  1. This is a very valuable article you have written. I do not own a cat and do not know much about veterinarians that treat cats, but haven read this article, I now have knowledge of what it takes to get a good veterinarian to attend to the problem a cat might be facing. Thanks for this article. Great job!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I wrote this article because not many people know how to choose the right vet and how to communicate with him. I tried to help animal lovers, especially cat lovers.

  2. I personally own one dog and two cats. For now, they live in harmonious harmony, but only I know how difficult it was in the beginning when they were growing up and what problems I had with finding the right diagnosis for some cat diseases. I just couldn’t find a common language with one vet while the condition with my cat was getting worse. Maybe if I had inquired about the vet in question in time, I would not have had these problems. Great article for all those who own pets and especially cats.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, it is necessary to be interested in the vet, some do this job only for money. I’m sorry for you what you suffered with that vet. You’re right, it’s valid for all animals.

  3. Hello there. I have never actually had a cat for I am a dog person but I have friends and family who own cats and this is definitely an article they should read. It also applies to dogs as you should find a person you and your pet are comfortable with. Thank you very much for your insight and advice. Cheers

  4. I loved your article Carmen since I adore animals, especially kitties 🙂 We have 9 cats currently at home and they are so much of everything beautiful in the World <3 I love them! The youngest three kittens are about 3 weeks old and they are adorable. The other three are from the same mom Tigress and they are 4 months old. There is Marko who is the son of the same Tigress and he was born last year. And Baby is a little rescue probably born at the beginning of August. Tigress is I believe 4 years old. Gotta love them all!!! 

  5. This is a perfect guide on how to find a good vet your cat(s) would love. I have a similar experience with our vet who lives just a few villages away from our home. Our first cat, Damian, was seriously ill, he was vomiting and having diarrhea and we found a phone number of this vet and called him, it was on a Sunday. He told us to come to see him at home, he had a small surgery near his home, actually in his garden. We rushed there and he gave Dami an injection and some tablets and told us to come the next day. He told us there was only about a fifty percent chance that Dami would survive as it was something he called “cat plague”. But after going for injections for a week, Dami recovered. 
    Since that time this vet is our family vet. Now, 20 years later, he has a big clinic in another town. I consider him the best vet ever. You can tell he loves animals and that’s very important. 

    1. Thank you for your comment Lenka. I’m glad you found the perfect vet to save your cat. Some do not care, they do this job only for money. Those vets should be avoided.

  6. Having a good veterinarian that one feels comfortable with, is very important. But your pet, whether it is a cat of a dog, should also be calm and happy to be examined by the vet. Getting the opinion of friends and neighbours of the vets in your area, is a very good idea. The care your cat gets, should not be reflected in the price that you are charged.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, it is good to ask for opinions about veterinarians in the area, but my advice is to do it before you need it. If you have an emergency, he will find you ready.

  7. Thank you for sharing this article, this article really hit me  differently because i had a cat and tge vet was horrible, he was only experienced with dogs and not cats, he once administered a wrong dosage of drug to the cat and I lost my cat, so I found this article really helpful and it felt like it was just written for me. 

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry for your loss, especially because it’s the vet’s mistake. But I can tell you from experience that no matter how good the vet is and what relationship you have built with him, he still makes mistakes from time to time. I apologize to them because it is a job that I compare to pediatrics. The patient cannot say what hurts him, and the cats show the suffering very late and their diseases evolve very quickly, unfortunately. You need to know your cat very well and at the first sign that worries you go to the vet.

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