Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian
Don't be afraid to ask your vet questions, even if you have to make a list between visits to help you remember. If this is your first visit with a new vet, make sure that you have already transferred your pet's medical records from the previous vet. What questions should you ask?
- "What's the best way to contact you?" If your pet has any issues outside of your vet's normal operating hours, make sure you have the contact info for your local emergency veterinarian. Also, what is the vet's preferred method of contact for non-emergency questions or concerns - phone, text, or email? Keep this information with your personal physician's contact info.
- "Is my pet at a healthy weight?" Your vet will know the ideal weight range for your pet's size and age. Knowing this will help you to provide more or less healthy food and exercise.
- "Are my pet's vaccinations and immunizations current?" (This is another good reason for having your pet's medical records transferred before your initial visit). Getting your pet's shots up-to-date will help keep her healthy and safe from life threatening diseases.
- "Does my pet need a dental cleaning?" Get regular with dental cleanings for your pet. Gum disease can lead to kidney, liver, and heart problems if not kept in check. You shouldn't wait for a problem to develop before starting this routine.
- "Does my pet need a blood test?" You may not have to ask, since vets generally take blood for testing at initial visits. It provides a baseline for future reference. Blood tests reveal kidney and liver disease, diabetes, and cancer - now and in the future.
- "Which flea and tick medications do you recommend?" There are both oral and topical flea and tick meds on the market but which is better suited for you and your pet? The vet can recommend something more suitable for your breed of pet as well as fit your lifestyle.
- "Does my pet need a rectal exam?" A rectal exam is screen for prostate and rectal cancer. Again, one may be necessary for a baseline that the vet can refer to in the future if there are any concerns.
Your pet is much like a small child that can't speak to answer the vet's questions. Be prepared with precise answers to the vet's questions - how long has she been acting this way? How much food to you give her? Help the veterinarian help your pet by asking questions and giving honest answers.
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