By Julia Williams
When our four legged friends get sick or injured, we rely on the expertise of our veterinarian to help them get well, and most do an excellent job. However, there are times when we, as the pet’s guardian, can either help or hinder the vet’s ability to do their job and make an accurate diagnosis. Of course we want to help them because we want a healthy pet, but we might unknowingly hinder them by not being as prepared as we possibly can.
Many times, in order to know what’s wrong with our pet, the vet will need to ask us a lot of questions. How we answer – or don’t answer – can make all the difference. When it comes to my pet’s health, I like to think of that well known saying, “There is no such thing as being too prepared.”
Before your pet needs to see the vet, it’s a good idea to write down the answers to possible questions they might ask. You may know some of the answers by heart, but writing them down makes the vet visit less stressful because you know there’s no chance you’ll forget. And it allows you to review them before the vet visit so you can be prepared.
Questions You Might Be Asked
How old is your pet? (Write down their exact birth date if you know it).
How long have you had your pet, and where did you get them?
Have there been any recent changes in your pet’s diet and/or eating habits?
Has your pet been vaccinated? If so, which vaccines and when did they receive them?
Does your pet receive flea treatment? What kind, and how often?
Has your pet ever experienced an illness/injury similar to this one?
Is your pet currently under treatment for an illness or injury?
Are they on any medication? What are they taking, and what is it for?
What brand of pet food are you feeding them? How much, and how many meals per day?
How much water does your pet typically drink every day? Have there been any recent changes in that amount?