I’m looking for a new vet.
My cat is being spayed and they called to say she’s in heat, which is an extra $ 50 charge. I was careful to make sure she’d go in after she came out of heat so unless she’s getting no break at all she shouldn’t be in heat. Her behavior over the last 6-7 days has been completely normal, nothing like her in heat behavior. Obviously I can’t prove anything so I’m stuck paying but I was already getting fed up with this vet so this is the last straw.
Months ago we used another vet based on a family member’s recommendation. We took my cat there when we found her and they told us she was not pregnant or no more than 3 weeks along. She had the kittens 4.5 weeks later, so she was 4.5 in then.
I looked at review sites but they mostly have 1 or 2 reviews and many seem suspicious (self promotion).
I’m hoping some of the answers here will give me a few ideas to help with my search.
If anyone knows a good vet in the east Los Angeles area please share.
Answer by Abby
Word of mouth is the very best way to find a vet. Ask your local cat rescue groups and/or breeders.
Visiting a prospective vet is also a great idea. Here are things to look for.
Pay a Visit
When deciding on a veterinary practice, first schedule a visit with the veterinarian to discuss your pet and ask questions about fees and services. You may want to visit several practices before making a final selection.
Tips to Keep in Mind When Visiting a Veterinary Practice
What are the regular hours?
Are they compatible with your schedule?
Will they accept e-mails or appointments electronically?
Who covers the practice when the doctor is unavailable?
What is the average wait time for making a non-emergency appointment?
How are telephone calls handled?
Can you request an appointment with a specific veterinarian?
Does the staff dress and act professionally?
Do you feel comfortable talking with the doctor? The technician?
Fees and Payment
What methods of payment are accepted?
Does the hospital treat patients of clients that have pet insurance?
What is the range of medical services that the practice provides?
Does the hospital have educational materials for pet-owners on a variety of topics?
Are there non-medical services such as boarding, grooming, and training classes?
If necessary, does the veterinarian have a network of specialists for referrals?
How are emergency calls handled during regular office hours and after office hours?
Is there an emergency facility in your area should you need it?
Is the building environment clean and orderly?
Are there any unpleasant odors?
Can you take a tour of the non-public areas?
Are the doctors members of a professional veterinary association such as the American Veterinary Medical Association or a state or local veterinary association?
What is the hospital policy regarding continuing education for the professional staff?