If you are planning to move to Chicago with your companion animal, you will need to find a vet clinic in the area. Locating one on the internet may be easy, but this does not mean this is the right vet for your pet. Ensuring you and your vet will be happy with a new vet takes work. It also involves you understanding the requirements of both you and your pet.
When searching for a veterinarian clinic, take the time to look at all the possibilities. Remember to consider carefully all factors affecting your decision. Be specific. You know your pet’s needs. You also are aware of other factors influencing a decision. Consider the following:
- Type: Does the vet clinic handle domestic pets alone? Does it deal with exotic animals? Does it perform a bit of both?
- Services: What is the extent of services” Does the clinic offer everything including surgery and after-hour care? Do the vets in the clinic offer both traditional and alternative medicine?
- Specialization: If you have small animals or specific breeds, you may need a clinic with experience in these areas. While most veterinarians can diagnose and treat cats and dogs, they may not be adept with smaller pets such as rodents or birds. The same may apply to certain breeds of dogs. Bulldogs, for example, are significantly different than Labradors are.
- Hours: Is the clinic open only during the day, in the evenings, on weekends, holidays and/or for emergencies?
- Payment: How much does the clinic demand up front for its services?
- Location: Is it within a convenient distance of your new home in Chicago?
It is important to have a vet when you need one. When moving to Chicago, consider your options. Ask your current vet for suggestions. He or she may know a vet clinic in the city. Take the time to consider your options carefully and visit them before you actually need a vet.