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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
8 Questions to Ask Your Veterinarian

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By Grace Chen

For many people, their vet takes care of one of their family members – their pets. Therefore, choosing a vet should be as big of a deal as choosing your own doctor. However, this process can be a bit confusing for anyone - especially a new pet owner.

Interviewing a new vet can be an intimidating process. You might get there and forget what to ask. You may be intimidated by all that there is to know about pet care. But you will usually find that if you are willing to take the time and show that you care about your furry friend then the vet will take the time to take care of you.

Questions To Ask

  1. How long have you been practicing veterinary medicine? There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Newer vets have access to newer technologies whereas older vets have the hands-on experience from working in the field for years. Decide what’s best for you.Veterinarian Visit Questions To Ask

  2. What are the biggest mistakes that your clients make? This can give you not only an idea of how the vet handles emergencies, perceived or not, but can also give you information on things you shouldn’t do in order to have a healthy pet.

  3. What are the common problems and diseases that I should know about? If you are a first time pet owner, this is an important question. You might not know the common hazards for your pet, and this can be a good way to learn preventative methods.

  4. What are warning symptoms of serious conditions? All animals have different warning signs when they are becoming ill, including things like excessive thirst, fever, vomiting, extreme weight loss, and sleeping a lot can all be signs that your pet is becoming ill, and it is important to know what to watch out for.

  5. What do I do in an emergency? Much like children, pets will become sick or ill when you least expect it, and often after the vet is closed. If your vet doesn’t do emergency after hours appointments, he or she should be able to tell you where the closest emergency clinic is that would be able to see you if you needed it.

  6. What food do you recommend for my pet? A healthy diet is an important key to a healthy life. Your vet may have a special diet that he or she recommends that you keep your pet on for optimal health.

  7. What sort of vaccinations do I need? Depending on the type of pet that you have, where you live, and the activities that your pet will be doing there are different vaccines that your pet will need. You can also ask your pet about preventative care such as flea and heartworm treatments.

  8. Is there any special care my pet need? Different animals have different health needs. For example, a husky will require more exercise than a Chihuahua and an indoor cat has different needs from an outdoor one.

Having these questions ready to go when you visit the vet can make your first visit proceed smoothly. You’ll acquire peace of mind that your furry friend is in good hands, and develop a better relationship with the vet responsible for your pet’s health in a crisis.

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