Dr Erin Holder, DVM and our cat Hush Puppy
When my husband and I moved from New York state to Florida, one of the biggest challenges with which we were faced was finding a good local veterinarian. With the huge abundance of hanging shingles in our neighborhood coupled with advertisements galore in our local newspapers, how were we going to make the right choice in getting the best practioner for our cats?
We checked with friends to get referrals, but after after a few visits to a few of these local veterinarians, it became obvious that the scope of their practices were quite limited. Having cats with chronic conditions necessitated our finding someone who could handle them without having to send us to specialists on a regular basis.
So what exactly were we looking for? We were looking for someone who could perform not only yearly checkups and administer vaccinations. We wanted someone who could provide veterinary care for their life stages and any medical issues which our cats might encounter.
In addition to a practitioner who can provide excellent care, here are some additional things to consider when looking for the "right" veterinarian for you.
- Is the clinic clean and organized?
- Are the waiting rooms inviting?
- Does the clinic provide separate waiting rooms for cats and dogs? Is the staff friendly and helpful?
- Do the technicians answer your questions and get demonstrate interest and concern for your pet?
- Is the administrative staff friendly? The best veterinarian in the world counts on the supportive staff to be able to provide the most appropriate care for your pet.
Since most cats don't enjoy traveling if you are owned by felines is there a house call veterinarian available in your area? While the house call cost will generally exceed one which is clinic based, often this is well worth the added expense. When we were searching for a veterinarian, we wanted to find one who was mobile as well as having clinic hours.
Our cats are much happier not having to travel for routine visits so this convenient service is very valuable to us . . . less stress for the cats, and an opportunity for the veterinarian to observe their behavior and interactions in our home.
I am happy to say that after a considerable search we found a skilled, caring and committed veterinarian, Dr. Erin Holder,DVM of Florida Wild Veterinary Clinic, in DeLand, Florida, whose practice exceeds all the above requirements. In fact, when I come back as a cat in my next lifetime, I dearly hope that she is still in practice.
Taking the time to research thoroughly, visiting clinics and talking with the staff, will give you an idea of the kind of services that are offered. Since your veterinarian will be the second most important person in your pets' lives, making the right choice is critical.
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