Making sure you understand how to provide your pet with the best possible care is key to ensuring your pet lives a long, healthy life. Today, our Santa Barbara vets share some questions you may want to ask your veterinarian to provide your pet with the care they need.
The Importance of Routine Wellness Exams for Your Pet
This visit is crucial for your pet's lifelong well-being. Additionally, wellness exams are much more affordable than treating severe diseases, illnesses, or parasitic conditions later on.
By being proactive, you can save your pet from pain and discomfort.
Preparing for Your Pet's Examination
Make your cat or dog's examination at San Roque Pet Hospital less stressful for both of you by preparing in advance.
- Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
- If this is your first time bringing your pet to our Santa Barbara veterinary hospital, arrive about 10 minutes early to fill out the new patient forms.
- Bring records of your pet's medical history and past and present medications and dosages.
- Take notes of your pet's food, exercise routine, and bowel movements to help your vet understand your pet's lifestyle.
- Schedule an appointment slot with no time restrictions because the exam length will depend on your pet's breed and medical condition.
- Your vet may ask you to bring in a fresh sample of your pet's stool for a fecal exam or a urine sample for a urine test.
- Prepare any questions you have for your vet ahead of time.
- Record any symptoms or behaviors your cat or dog displays that concern you to share with the veterinarian.
- Bring your pet a favorite blanket or toy to help them stay calm at their appointment.
- Call your vet to ask them if it is okay for your furry friend to eat before their appointment ( some tests require fasting).
- Make sure to bring your cat or small dog in a carrier, if you have a larger dog keep them on a leash
- Ask for a cost estimate and Inform your vet of your budget so they can adjust the exams accordingly.
Questions to Ask Your Vet
Here are some important questions you should consider asking the veterinarian during your cat or dog's routine exam:
- Are there any specific vaccinations or preventive treatments my pet needs at this stage of their life?
- Is my pet at a healthy weight? Should I adjust their diet or exercise routine?
- Are there any signs or symptoms I should watch out for that may indicate a health problem?
- Are there any dental care recommendations for my pet? Should I consider professional cleanings or at-home dental care?
- What is the best method for parasite control (fleas, ticks, heartworms, etc.) for my pet? Are there any new products or advancements in prevention?
- Are there any dietary supplements or specific foods that could benefit my pet's overall health or address specific concerns?
- Are there any breed-specific health concerns I should be aware of and monitor?
- Is there anything I should know about my pet's behavior or habits that may require attention or training?
- Are there any changes or adjustments I should make to my pet's environment or daily routine to enhance their well-being?
- Is there anything else I should be doing to ensure my pet's optimal health and happiness?
Remember, these questions can serve as a starting point, and feel free to ask any additional questions or concerns you may have about your pet's well-being. The veterinarian will be able to provide personalized advice based on your pet's specific needs and circumstances.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.