A lot of people only think of choosing a vet when their pet is sick. A good, reliable vet is not only there for poorly pets but can be a wealth of information and resource whilst your pet is well too.
A veterinary clinic (can also be known as a veterinary centre, veterinary practice, veterinary surgery or animal hospital) is in most cases a small business offering a range of services to clients and patients.
Many people are involved in delivering the service and ensuring that you as the client get the best care for your animal, in the most efficient manner.
In an ideal world you should find a vet in your area before you buy or adopt your pet, although this sometimes is not the case. Whether it is a cat, dog, bird, fish or hamster, and you should take your new pet for a general health check as soon as possible after buying or adopting a pet. Because your vet is someone very important to the welfare of your pet it is important that you feel comfortable with your choice of vet, and confident that they can meet the needs of your pet.
Other pet owners can be a great resource, especially if they have the same type of pet as you do. Ask around and if the same veterinary surgery or surgeon comes up repeatedly, that's a good sign. If you have just relocated to a new area then use our listings section to help you find veterinary practices in your area. Dubai and the UAE is a big far flung place the internet is a valuable resource in Googling vet websites and chat forums. Check out the forum on this site under Services for recommendations and maybe not so recommended....
Is the veterinary practice close enough to your home? It is worth choosing a veterinary clinic that is close to your home so you can get there quickly in case there is an emergency. You will not want to drive far with a sick or injured pet in the car as the journey could make them worse, so look for the best veterinary practice within a couple of miles of your home.
Are the surgery’s hours compatible with your hours? Unfortunately, if you have to make special arrangements to take time off work to take your pet to the vet, the chances are your pet will not get the right care when it needs it. Luckily, many vets now open earlier or later so you can go before or after work, and it is worth checking that the surgeries you are considering offer this service. Are they open at the weekend too?
Another way to check out the clinic is to go and visit the premises. Have a look around, are they busy ? (sign of popularity), clean, welcoming, are the reception staff attentive and have good communication skills? Easy parking and so on.
Are the staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and ask yourself whether you feel comfortable in the vet’s presence.
Of course, the cost of veterinary care is an important consideration for many people when they are choosing a veterinary practice, so ask the receptionist for an up-to-date cost sheet from each place that you visit. At present pet insurance is not available in Dubai although Dubai Pet Info knows this is coming back soon :o)