Have you just recently moved to the Abbotsford, BC area and are not too sure how you can find the right animal hospital for your pet(s)? Are you a new pet owner in the area who is not sure about where to get the best health care for the new pet?
Whichever category you may fall into, in this article we will try to show you a few ways to help you find the right Vet and animal hospital for your pet(s) or farm animals in the Abbotsford area.
Let’s get started.
Before the Search Begins
Just before we begin to consider the actual steps you may need to take to find the right hospital for your pet, we need to take some time to make us understand how important it is to find the right hospital and by extension the right vet.
As a person, you hopefully understand the importance of your relationship with your personal physician. Anything and everything about your health and physical wellbeing can be affected by your personal physician.
Many folks have been spared the ordeal of complicated and even life threatening health conditions simply because their personal physicians were able to identify the problem early and quickly refer them to the appropriate specialist for treatment.
Sadly, some others have not been so lucky with some even losing their lives because their personal physicians were not careful enough to identify a problem that later developed into something life threatening.
We have said all of these to clearly emphasize the importance of a personal physician and by extension, the importance of the right Vet for your pet or animal. Therefore, having the right Vet will massively increase your pet’s chances of enjoying the best of health. You can read more about this here.
How to Begin Your Search
So how do you begin your search?
Word of Mouth
This is easily one of the most trusted methods in marketing. Personal testimonials from satisfied patients and clientele is a sure way of picking out the right hospital. Ask around, especially from family members and friends, to know if they can direct you to any reputable animal hospital.
If you are moving newly to the area, you can also ask your former Vet to refer you to a suitable place in your new location.
If you do not have anyone you can ask for referrals or they didn’t have any suggestions to offer, the next best thing you can do is to search online. A “Near Me” search will show you Vets and animal hospitals around you.
If you were to search for something like “animal hospitals in Abbotsford”, you will find a list of the top ones in the area. If for example you click on Clearbrook Animal Hospital on the list, you will be given information on how to reach them.
You will also be able to find reviews from folks who have visited them. From these reviews, you may be able to reach an informed conclusion regarding whether or not to try them.
Another way you can come across one is accidental sightings. You could simply be walking on the road and suddenly you see a signpost, a billboard or something else advertising the services of a Vet or an animal hospital. It will of course be fortuitous, but it is certainly something to take advantage of should it happen.
Things to Look Out For
Once you have gotten a couple of recommendations from any of the suggested means above, you may not just want to rush your pet to any of them. Given how important this is to you and your pet, you may want to run a few checks before committing to one. Here are a few things you may want to consider.
The very first thing to check for is if the hospital is duly accredited. You may be shocked to learn that only about 12 to 15% of the animal hospitals in U.S and Canada are duly accredited. This is according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Before a hospital is accredited, it has to meet some very steep requirements. It is therefore important that you choose one that has been duly accredited.
The scope of service rendered by a given hospital is very important. You will be better served by a hospital that can meet most if not all of your pet’s health needs. An accredited hospital is more likely to offer this than one that has not been accredited.
This is particularly important in case of emergencies. It does not make any sense to have your pet’s hospital very far away. Look for the best one closest to you.
How much will you likely be spending? Carefully review this, consider your pet insurance and other financial factors before making a final choice.
Choosing the right hospital and vet for your pet or animal is as important to the pet as it is to you. Take the time to ensure you pick the right one so you and your pet(s) can enjoy good health.
To read more on topics like this, check out the health category.