If you have a pet then you know that bringing them to the vet for routine care is very important. But how can you prepare for the appointment? Our Cumming vets share some of the questions to ask a vet during the exam and what topics may be covered during your pet's visit.
Questions For Vets: What to Ask
Preparing for your dog or cat's vet visit is always a good idea. It will help to ensure that you have everything you need and that you don't forget to ask any of the questions that you may have. Having your veterinary questions prepared provides you with the opportunity to get all the information you need to care for your cat or dog to keep them happy and healthy.
Here, our Cumming vets discuss some of the main questions to ask during your pet's exam and what might be covered in the answer.
What Questions to Ask a Veterinarian
Is my dog or cat in need of routine vaccinations?
Vaccines are a very important part of your cat or dog's preventative care. They have to be kept up to date to help protect them from a wide range of serious and often life-threatening illnesses and diseases. The vets at our Cumming vet clinic always do their best to inform you when your pet is due for their booster shots however, it can sometimes be overlooked so it's always best to ask.
Should I be concerned with my pet's behavior?
Sometimes pets do odd things that are concerning to their owners such as biting, wheezing, or itching. Always take note of these behaviors and ask your vet about them because they will be able to tell you if there is an underlying condition. You should also inform your vet of when these behaviors occurred to help them in making a diagnosis.
Are there any concerns with my pet's weight?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your pet is over or underweight. Pets of every breed and age have their own specific weight guidelines they have to maintain to live healthy lives. Even a few extra pounds over or underweight can put your pet at risk for various health conditions (some are life-threatening), making this a very important question. If your cat or dog isn't at a healthy weight your veterinarian will help you establish a diet and exercise plan to help your pet get back to a healthy weight.
What preventive care should be administered to my pet?
Fleas and ticks are troublesome for both pets and their owners sometimes even spreading serious diseases. With so many different products available it can be hard to know which one would be best for you and your pet. Luckily, your veterinarian will be able to recommend or prescribe a prevention product that will work best for your furry companion.
Here at Crestview Animal Hospital, we have a large selection of products including preventive care products. Take a look at our selection in-store at The Vetted Pet.
What do the items on my bill mean?
Kindly ask your vet this question when they hand you the bill. Your veterinarian will be able to break down the costs and explain what each fee represents, to give you a better understanding of the services provided. It can also give you an idea of what to expect on your next visit.
Do you offer any other services that may benefit my pet?
Here at Crestview Animal Hospital, we are also proud to offer grooming and boarding services. With our overnight boarding for cats and dogs, our vets in Cumming will treat your pet like our family and provide a welcoming and comfortable home away from home while you are away. We also offer bathing and professional pet grooming for cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes, helping you help your best friend put their best paw forward.
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.