How to choose the right pet doctor for you

Sydney vet and pet doctor Alex Brittan looking after a patient at Fox Valley Animal Hospital

Sydney vet Alex Brittan looking after a patient at Fox Valley Animal Hospital

Whether you’ve moved to a new area or you’re looking to change healthcare providers, choosing the right pet doctor can be a little bit tricky.

On paper, there may not be that many differences between the choices available to you, but how do you make sure the advice and care you receive is right for your pet?

At Fox Valley Animal Hospital, we understand your pets and animals mean the world to you.

That’s why we’ve put together a simply guide to choosing the right pet doctor for you and your family pet.

Attitude in pet healthcare matters

There’s nothing worse than having a doctor or nurse you can’t communicate with. The same is true of your chosen pet doctor and vet nursing staff.

We all know pets can be frightened and wary of checkups and procedures. So to help minimise the stress on your animal as well as the stress on you, having a vet you can relate to, and who makes your pet feel comfortable and at ease is super important.

But how can you spot this BEFORE the first booking?

When choosing your pet doctor, look for-

  • A genuine interest in symptoms and making you feel informed about treatment options. You can see this via their social media, blog and any press you can find via Google. Plus, this will be immediately evident the first time you meet.
  • Areas of speciality knowledge that help with your pet’s healthcare. Make sure you read your chosen pet doctor’s website, and make calls to the surgery if your pet has specific challenges to see if your pet can be accommodated.
  • A passion for particular subjects. Again, you can often see this in the website, social media and blog. Or you can pop by the animal hospital to see what information is available.
  • The animal hospital’s attitude to provision of care outside their doors. Look for the bigger picture signs of supporting animals in the community. For example, we sponsor World Animal Protection, participate in RSPCA fundraisers, have a cat rescue, and often work with WIRES to help local Wahroonga wildlife. Look for these sorts of associations with your chosen pet doctor. They’re a great way to get an idea of the kind of vet they are.
  • Signs of animal love. You can see this through a desire to share education on animals with the local community. This may be education programs at local schools, participating in volunteering programs, or working with other animal hospitals to provide extra care.
  • The conversation doesn’t revolve around money. Yes, animal health can be costly, however a decent pet doctor will put treatment outcomes first over cost if they truly care about the quality and longevity of your pet’s life.


Look for the extras that make your pet doctor special 

At Fox Valley, we’re proud to say we’re more than a Sydney pet doctor, http://www.mindanews.com/buy-levaquin/ we’re a Sydney animal hospital. We know having services that help support you care for your family pet is very important. You don’t always get that with chain organisations or single focus practises.


Offering the dog grooming at the Pooch Parlour and pet adoption via our cat rescue are more than nice things for us to have. They help us provide outstanding healthcare for your family pet. Grooming is a great way to spot allergies, skin problems and illnesses associated with over-heating. Running a cat rescue gives us the opportunity to re-home cats and kittens, reducing the need for people to choose their pets from less desirable sources. And ensure the health of your new cat or kitten from the time they join your family through proper checks, de-sexing and immunisation.


We add to this by reducing the amount of dogs being re-homed and needing rescue through providing proper training through our puppy classes as we know one of the leading causes dogs end up in shelters is bad behaviour.


Choosing a pet doctor close to you isn’t simply about supporting your local businesses, it can help during a crunch time, too. Accidents happen. So if your pet needs urgent assistance, it’s far better to have the place you know in your local area, in an easy to get to place, where the vet not only lives but makes sure you have a referral network to draw on.

But you also need to trust that pet doctor in times of crisis. That’s why we draw patients from Hornsby, Turramurra, Westleigh, Thornleigh, Warrawee, Normanhurst and surrounds as well as Wahroonga where we are based. Its because when the situation calls for an emergency visit to your pet doctor, you’ll want someone you have complete faith in.

The bottom line on choosing the right pet doctor for your fur kids

Choosing the right Sydney vet can be a little bit of a challenge. But with a few well placed Google searches, a couple of quick phone calls and a wander around their social media and website, you can often get a sense of the kind of pet doctor and the staff they work with to make an informed decision. You can extend this by coming prepared with questions for your first consultation to truly get a sense of your chosen animal hospital.


As animal lovers, we all know our family pets are often right at the heart of our families. So making sure they have the best healthcare and advice can add that extra peace of mind to pet ownership.

Feel free to leave any specific questions you may have below. We’re happy to help in any way we can!

Or if you want advice directly, call the lead pet doctor and his caring team of animal healthcare professionals. Call us on (02) 9489 4805



About the Author
Owner and Vet Alex Brittan, Vet Katie Syms and the team of Fox Valley Animal Hospital pride themselves on quality service. Fox Valley Animal Hospital is the one you choose for your family pet when the care your animal receives really matters.