He’s your best buddy, fellow couch potato, and always good for a laugh after a tough day at work. She’s your snuggle buddy and burglar/stranger/mailman alert system. They may be furry, but they’re family. Just as you carefully choose physicians to treat the humans near and dear to you, you want top-notch healthcare for your pets.

Our Ratings Tables summarize the judgments of consumers on area veterinary practices. We also supply price comparison scores for each practice, which are based on price quotes our mystery shoppers obtained.

There is substantial variation: Some vets receive “superior” ratings on many aspects of care from at least 95 percent of their surveyed customers, while others receive “superior” ratings from fewer than 60 percent of their surveyed customers.

There are also big price differences. For example, to spay a seven-month-old, 25-pound dog, our mystery shoppers were quoted fees ranging from $118 to $735. And to clean the teeth of a four-year-old, 65-pound dog, quoted fees ranged from $170 to $860. Fortunately, since many of the lowest priced vets received very high ratings from their surveyed customers, you can save money without sacrificing the quality of your critter’s care.