How do I choose a veterinarian?

It’s essential to choose a veterinarian you can trust. Ask for references from trusted friends and humane organizations and call the local Better Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and your State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to check for previous complaints from clients. To find a holistic veterinarian, call 410-569-0795.

Before making an appointment with a veterinarian you’ve never met, call or visit to chat briefly with him or her. Ask if emergency service is available and if the clinic offers payment plans, has surgical and x-ray capabilities, and has ’round the clock supervision of hospitalized animals. Once you’ve found a veterinarian you like, don’t hesitate to get second and third opinions from other veterinarians when treatment of any kind is recommended. Never allow your animal to be taken out of your sight for treatment.

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