A Low Cost Vet is not always better than a High Cost Vet but in most cases they are both equally useless to your cause. Vet visit can eat away at your money in a short time if you are not careful, this is why it is necessary to have a checklist for vets that you bring your pets to for checkups. Your list should include the following items:
Rude staff – When you come to the vet for the first time you will most likely notice rude and impatient staff. It is important that you note down the name of the person who came to the clinic and the specific reason why they were there. If it is a regular visit then noting the general nature of the vet’s visits is fine, but if you have had a very sudden emergency then you need to give the person coming to the clinic a name and describe what happened. If the vet is rushing you to get an appointment as soon as possible you should avoid going to them at all costs.
Unprofessional behavior – When you come to the vet for your first appointment you should note down the name of the staff that was at the front desk, and also the name of the vet that took you in. Rude behavior is one of the main reasons that vets recommend getting a second opinion. Even though a second opinion may cost more, it is worth it when your first instinct is to be rude to the receptionist or even the vet. If you notice that a particular vet is rude and you see how many patients he takes in a day then you should definitely keep looking at other options. This is why it is important to note down the names of all the staff members at the low cost clinics so that you know who to avoid in the future.
Poor customer service – At the most basic level, good customer service means treating your clients with respect no matter how important they are. When you come to the veterinary clinic for a routine check up and you are met with rude or impatient staff you can pretty much tell that something is wrong. For this reason it is important to always remember to say hello and welcome to each and every patient that comes through the door. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a friendly dog or a male cat. If you don’t treat someone with respect, they will not remember why they came to see the doctor in the first place. When you go to the veterinarian you want to make sure that they feel comfortable from the moment that you enter their office, and that they can tell you anything about the symptoms they are experiencing.
Bad reviews – One of the biggest complaints that I hear from people who bring their pets in for routine checks is that the staff treats them with little or no respect. In most cases these bad reviews come from cat owners. If the vet that is responsible for taking care of your pets medical needs is known for constantly being rude and treating their patients poorly then you may want to consider finding another veterinarian. There is nothing worse than being taken advantage of, especially when it comes to pet care.
X-rays – Another thing that we as pet owners like to know is that our animals are free of any health issues. This is especially true with low cost vets because the majority of them will only perform the necessary vaccinations and routine procedures on an animal’s health issue without performing any specialty tests on your pet. While a cat or dog can be fine with a simple tapeworm infection, there are some forms of cancer that cannot be cured with a simple tapeworm treatment. It is your job to make sure that your pets are taken care of properly from the onset so that they are not exposed to any unnecessary medical conditions.