If you’re planning on getting a Labradoodle soon, you’ve probably thought about veterinary care. It’s best to find a vet before you get the dog, so you’ll be prepared for any sudden illness or injury. You don’t want to find yourself with a sick pup and no idea where to take him. Finding a good vet is like finding a doctor for the humans in your family. You want someone who you can trust, is knowledgeable about your dog, and gets along well with both you and your dog.
If you live in a city with lots of choices of veterinarians, it can be daunting to find one that works for you. You may try to make things easy and just search for the vet office nearest your house, but they might not be the best option. In this situation, your best bet is to talk to other pet owners and see where they go. Your friends and coworkers can also give you some inside information about the vets, facilities, and prices. If that isn’t an option, you can also ask the person you are planning on getting your Labradoodle from. If your breeder has a trusted vet, this means that they are likely well-versed in the needs of Labradoodles. An animal shelter or rescue may also be able to provide some helpful information.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, make a list of a few clinics that you would like to check out. See if you can get any more information from the websites. If they have pictures of their facilities, this can be a way to narrow your search even farther. Take a look at the vet bios and see if they specialize in any specific area of medicine. Think about if you want to take your Labradoodle to a large clinic or a smaller clinic. If you want a clinic with a wider range of specialties, go with the clinic that has the most vets. Keep in mind, even good clinics can have outdated or unimpressive websites, so unless you see something you don’t like, you may have to make some phone calls.
Something you should be able to tell from the website is their hours. If you have a crazy schedule that needs the extra hours to go to appointments, that clinic may be the best option for you. If your dog requires overnight care, is there someone who stays there overnight? What is their on-call or emergency care schedule like? In an after hours emergency, can you count on this clinic to provide care to your dog?