While I’m a big believer in natural dog treatments, I recognize there are times when it’s best to take that buddy of your into see your vet. For example, I have never seen a treatment for diabetes in dog that I thought would actually work.
I found this article that I thought would be helpful when it comes time to take your dog t othe vet.
Vets for pets: How to get the most out of your vet visit
Whether you have moved and need a new veterinarian, or have just decided that it’s finally time to take your pet to the vet, a visit can be a stressful time for both of you.
When selecting a veterinarian, remember that all veterinary hospitals and veterinarians are not the same and it’s important for you to find one that matches your idea of customer service, quality and philosophy. If you have more of a holistic bent, then look for a veterinarian who practices integrative medicine.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your vets for pets visit
- When scheduling your appointment, be sure to tell the receptionist why you’re coming and if your pet has a certain symptom. Most veterinary offices will schedule longer appointments for sick pets or attempt to get sick animals in earlier in the day to get problems dealt with as quickly as possible.
- If it’s your first visit at a new hospital, the receptionist will likely want to request records from your other vet. This is normal procedure and is necessary to provide good continuing care for your pet. Please arrive on time as your veterinarian will appreciate it and this helps to keep the schedule running smoothly. Most veterinarians will try to stay on time but emergencies happen.
- Remember if your pet has an emergency, you would want to be seen first.
- Keep a diary of what your pet is doing, and make a list of questions before you come for your appointment. This ensures you remember what to ask.
- Know your pet’s diet. Bring the bag with you or the recipe if that is easier.
- Bring a stool sample. All vets are fascinated by poop — it tells us a lot about our patients!
- Bring a list of medications your pet is taking, including herbals and supplements. Bring the bottles.
- Turn off your cellphone. It is difficult to examine an animal if the owner is engaged in a phone conversation.
Watch your sources
If you’re getting information from the Internet, watch the sources you use. Not all information is good and reliable. I’m always happy to discuss information and its sources with my clients. But remember, many diseases have similar symptoms; that’s why you need veterinary advice. I once had a client who was convinced her dog had a condition only seen in Africa. Since we live in Canada and the dog had never been to Africa, it was unlikely.
And finally, you know your dog or cat better than anyone else. If you think he’s sick, he probably is. If you don’t like the opinion from one vet, ask for another. After all, it’s all for the good of the pet.
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