So you've booked your appointment. Now what? Whether it's your first time at the rodeo or not, here is a comprehensive list of things to follow to prepare for a visit to the vet or be mindful of.
Before your visit:
- Familiarize your pet with its carrier and to traveling in the car if they aren't already acclimated.
- If your veterinarian doesn't already have your medical records on file, bring it with you or have your previous veterinarian fax or send over the records in question.
- Call and verify that the vet records were received.
- Bring treats or their muzzle, depending on your pet’s behavior at the vet.
- IMPORTANT! Know what medications and supplements your pet is receiving by name, how much, how often, and how long it is given, and/or bring them with you for the doctor to look over.
At the time of your appointment:
- Mute the ringing tone on your cell phone while you are in the waiting room and exam room.
- IMPORTANT! If you have children, be cautious of other pets. Not all pets are friendly, and vice versa.
- Forewarn any members on staff of any particular or aggressive behavior (like a fear of men, or protective of the owner) before they handle your pet.
- Share your observations and concerns with your veterinarian.
- Ask questions if you are unsure. There are no stupid questions, only answers.
- Don't be afraid to ask for handouts, brochures, or online sources of information in regards to your pet’s condition.
- Stay in your exam rooms or the lobby. If there is a desire to tour the facility, always ask a staff member first to view the clinic safely.
On the concern of time:
- Arrive on time or a few minutes early to your appointment, especially if it's your first visit.
- Always be aware of office hours and be courteous of opening and closing times.
- Emergencies happen from time to time and may prolong the wait period if the doctors or staff are in the midst of an emergency situation.
After your visit to the vet:
- Always follow the veterinarian’s recommendations. They are to keep your pet happy and healthy and avoid risk of future or further health issues.
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