How to pick an animal hospital for your pet

May 28, 2021 at 7:00 AM
How to pick an animal hospital for your pet

When it comes to finding a doctor for your family, you’re not going to settle for somebody who isn’t a good fit. You want to feel comfortable taking your kids or going for yourself. The same is true for your pet. You need to find a vet and animal hospital that you trust from the moment you enter the door. At Beech Lake Animal Hospital, we want to help you find the best place for your pet to get the treatment it needs when the time comes.

Ask your friends

If you’re new to owning a pet, talk to your friends and family who live near you about where they take their pets and why. You’ll start to see trends as to why people have chosen their pet’s vet. Things like reliability, friendliness, quality of care, and cost are often big factors that people will tell you went into their decision for choosing a vet.

Consider available services

In a perfect world, you’ll never need to take your pet to an animal hospital. However, it’s nice to have a place that already knows you and your pet should an emergency arise. Furthermore, animal hospitals often provide additional services like spay and neutering, grooming, daycare, and more. Ask about the services that are offered and match them with what you feel you need.

Look at the office hours

Emergencies and medical care for your pet don’t always agree with your schedule. Consider the hours your vet has available to offer the care that your pet needs. Office hours are typically set for most vets because emergencies are rare, but ask if there’s any flexibility. Is your vet going to be available when your pet is in need? Be sure to ask.


All pets and individual breeds are different. While it’s common for a vet to be able to treat most animals with the same quality care, many do have a specialty. Ask your vet if they specialize in a specific animal or breed. If you have a pet that has a medical condition or you’re worried about its long-term health, learn more about how well the vet and the rest of the staff can take care of your pet’s special needs.


While your vet might not specialize in your pet’s breed, you’ll feel more comfortable if they do have years of experience generally caring for animals. An experienced vet has seen a wide breadth of breeds and medical conditions over the course of years.

Meet the vet and staff

Get familiar with the team that will be caring for your pet. You don’t have to bring your cat, dog, bird, turtle, or whatever your pet to an animal hospital before meeting the staff. Get acquainted with the vet and the rest of the care team so you know what to expect when you bring your pet in. If you don’t feel comfortable with the facility or the care team, it’s probably not a good fit.

Schedule an appointment

Get to know our vets and staff at Beech Lake Animal Hospital. We’re proud to provide quality pet care at our animal hospital. Give us a call or send a message to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 731-967-0090 or send a message via our contact form. We look forward to meeting you and your pet.