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How to Find a Vet You Can Trust in Colorado Springs

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Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal, DVM

Dr. Rick Coufal is the founder and lead veterinarian for Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. Coufal graduated from State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000.

It’s no secret that pets become part of our families. When it comes to their well-being, we want the best for them, which makes finding an experienced and trustworthy vet a very important task. However, with all the vets in Colorado Springs, how do you choose? Whether you just got a pet, or perhaps recently moved to the area, you might be searching for a new vet. We’ve created a guide for you to help you not only find a veterinary clinic, but to make sure that it is right for what you want and need. Here’s some of our best tips to find the right vet for your pet.

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Decide What is Important to You

Colorado Springs is a large city with many veterinary specialists in the area. This makes narrowing down your selection very difficult—with so many to choose from. So, before you start searching for a vet, think about what is most important to you when it comes to vet care. Do you prefer having a vet right down the road? Do you mind driving to a different location if it means better care? Are you looking for an affordable vet? Is it important that a vet has surgical capabilities or emergency hours? All of these factors can help you determine what vet will fit your needs best.

Look Online

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, search around the internet for local vets. Type in the things that matter to you, like “Vet near me” or “Affordable Veterinary Clinic.” This preliminary searching, however, is just the start. You always want to verify these searches with positive reviews, accreditations or symbols of trust on their websites, and a legitimate address. A good vet might have 5 star reviews, a high quality website, pictures of their clinic, links to social media profiles, etc. As you look, jot down the vets that look most appealing to you and your needs.

Ask Around

Whether you just moved here or are looking to switch vets, there’s no better way to find a vet you trust than by asking around. Other pet owners know what works best for their pet, and their advice can really help. The next time you’re at the dog park or buying pet food, ask other pet owners which vet they go to. By asking people in your community you can find a vet you can trust locally in Colorado Springs. After you’ve got some referrals, scope them out on the internet or on social media. Verify the testimonials that you hear with reviews on the clinic.

Call and Ask Questions

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices from looking online and asking around, make a call to the vets you’re considering. Ask questions about how the vet runs things, how billing works, and any other questions you may have. It’s also good to consider the personality of the clinic and if they are willing to ask your questions. If you don’t get a good feeling from the phone call, trust your instincts! You want your pet to be taken care of at a place that you can trust.

Also, make sure to ask what kind of services that they offer. Ideally, you would want a vet that can handle everything from wellness care and check-ups to emergency care and surgery. That way, at any stage of life and health, you know that your dog or cat will be taken care of if the time comes.

Visit the Clinic

If everything checks out so far, go ahead and schedule a checkup at the clinic. You’ll never know if a vet is right for you until you go and try it. When you go talk to pet owners there and employees to get a feel for the clinic. If the place is busy, don’t be turned off; in fact, a busy clinic can indicate how much people love it. In the end, you should know if the vet is right for you, finding the place that you can feel safe taking your pet.

About Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic

If you’re looking for a vet, we encourage you to come to visit us at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic. We are a family-owned veterinary practice, and keep things small so that we can give your pet the attention and affection that they deserve. Our highly educated staff is trained in all wellness care, including general health, spay and neutering services, dental care, x-ray technologies, microchipping, vaccinations, and many more pet health services. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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