|Choosing a Veterinarian|
|by Jay Bianco|
Selecting a veterinarian that is right for you and your Maltese isn't always easy, here is the 4 most important things to look for--
Find out if the vetrinarian or clinic you're considering provides treatment "after hours" if an emergency should arise. I've noticed that many veterinarians have recently banded together to share their emergency calls so that each is not "on call" so often. In the majority of areas there are emergency clinics where all the local clinics refer their after hour calls. You should have an idea where you will need to go long before an emergency situation might come along. Also, and this is very important, ask fellow pet owners you know how easy it was to get in touch with a certain vet after their regular hours. This will tell you alot.
Take the extra time to check with other pet owners preferably Maltese owners regarding the quality of care they felt their animals received. There can always be personality clashes, but good veteriarians and doctors quickly build a large following of clients who go back to them over and over again for additional care.
Many times there are several vets working out of the same clinic. Two questions should be considered, first, can you in most situations see the same veterinarian? Or will you HAVE to see whomever is next in line? Many clinics that operate this way rotate the vets with the clients. Find out ahead of time. Sometimes an appointment is necessary in advance to see a certain doctor of your own choosing. You should develop a relationship of understanding with the doctor treating your Maltese. This is especially important when you are confronted with a prolonged illness where continued treatments are necessary. I feel your Maltese will be much better off if it sees the same vet every time.
It is very difficult to compare costs for medical services. Try not to get hung up on prices as when a critical situation arises, cost is usually not a consideration but you should expect to pay a fair price for services received. Your first consideration should be quality care for your Maltese's well being and good health.