It is recommended to give your canine a full check up at least once a year. Twice a year is even better to ensure any conditions are picked up early when treatment can be most effective and costs less. Check out these local vets near you: Gasing Veterinary Hospital, Animal Medical Centre, Veterinary Essential Services
Keep in mind that one of your dog’s best health advocates should be its vet. By working in harmony with your vets near you, your dog stands a better chance of being diagnosed and treated more quickly and more effectively.
And, as a bonus, you may be able to save your vet bill. After all, unlike your family physician, animal doctor faces a special challenge: their patients can’t talk to them where they hurt or how they feel. That’s why providing specific info to your vet during the visit is so crucial. You details can help your vet narrow down the possible reasons behind why your dog is ailing. Follow this handy checklist to maximize your next vet visit – for your dog’s sake!
- Get The Appointment Time Right
Strive to pick the first appointment of the day, if possible, or the first appointment after lunch to avoid waiting delays in the clinic.
- Allow For Travel Time
Give yourself a time cushion for unexpected traffic delays to ensure you arrive at the clinic on time. Show up at least 10 minutes early to fill up any necessary paperwork. Make sure your dog is secured inside a carrier or on a leash/harness before exiting your home and entering the car to prevent escapes. Be sure the carrier is secured to your vehicle’s seatbelt – or for large breeds, the seat belt is fitted through a slot in the leash/harness. For Pet Parent who doesn’t drive, book Pet Taxi few days before your vet visit.
- Bring Out The Carrier
If you take your dog to the vet in a carrier, bring it out the night before, open the door and pop in a tasty treat for it to enjoy. Some dogs dash away when you bring out the carrier because they equate it with riding in a car and heading to the clinic. This strategy will make the carrier less threatening.
- Compile A List Of Questions
Bring a list of questions you want your vet to address about the care of your dog. Ask about your dog’s diet, bathroom habits, hair coat quality and other issues of concern. Finally, check in advance whether your vet needs you to bring a fresh stool sample sealed in a plastic bag.
- Note Down Feeding Habits
Bring a list of specific brand of food your dog eats, the exact amount you feed it daily as well as any treats fed. If you can take a picture of the bag that contains the list of ingredients, that’s even better. Don’t forget to note all medications, herbs and vitamin supplements that your dog takes.
- Chart Any Health Issue
Write down in advance all the “clues” you’ve detected about the change in your dog’s behavior. For example, record the date when your dog started vomiting, having diarrhea, or started to urinate in the house. Name the time when your dog’s appetite started to wane or accelerate.