Sandra is a veterinary assistant and has worked at various animal hospitals. She is a mother to a GSD, Siberian Husky and two cats.
Just like human doctors, veterinarians (or someone on the vet med team) will ask questions so the vet can take all information into account. It’s imperative that they know the facts before administering the wrong medication or prescribing a med that negatively interacts with another med or results in an allergic reaction. In addition, knowing certain information will allow them to make a proper diagnosis.
Whether it’s your first time, you’re preparing for a major procedure, or are in for annual vaccines, it’s important to be two steps ahead.
A List of Questions
Are you not 100% sure about something? It can be easy to forget while in the moment. Write down everything you want to know so you can ask your veterinarian at your next appointment. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions.
The more you ask, the more you know.
This can include flea meds, preventatives, supplements, holistic treatments, vitamins, or any over-the-counter (OTC) medication.
Why this is important:
- There is a possibility that two drugs can have an additive effect which has a chance of not being harmful. On the other hand, it can also be extremely toxic to your pet.
- One drug can prevent another from being effective by interfering with how it reacts in the body.
- A certain type of drug can either slow down or speed up the rate of elimination of another drug. This may result in organ damage or ineffective treatment.
You can prevent this from happening, just by giving an accurate record of your pet's medication beforehand.
This one is optional, but I would definitely recommend doing this. Take videos of any unusual behavior your pet may be exhibiting, so you can show this to your veterinarian.
This includes your pet being lethargic, excessive whimpering or meowing, vomiting, seizures. Anything goes.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Medical Records and Procedure History
This is especially important if you’re going to see a new veterinarian or make a trip to the emergency clinic. This information helps them determine which type of treatment or care your furry friend may need.
If you don’t have these records with you physically, you can always call and ask so they can email or fax the records over to the new facility.
Urine or Stool Sample
If your dog or cat is having problems urinating or defecating, it is important to bring a fresh urine or fecal sample with you to their next appointment. This way, they can check under a microscope for internal parasites or perform tests for a urinary tract infection.
They can also obtain a sample at the clinic, but sometimes your pet will not cooperate with the team. As a result, they’ll have you go back home and collect a sample.
It’s best to be prepared in case this happens.
Pictures of Any Food or Treats
Keep track of which foods and how much food your pet eats during the day. The easiest way of doing this is by taking pictures before an appointment.
Why this is important:
- If your dog or cat is overweight, your veterinarian can make a recommendation of how much to feed or suggest an alternative food. Obesity can lead to respiratory and cardiac issues, as well as diabetes and cancer.
- If your pet is showing signs of allergies, it’s good to know what they’re eating so your vet can begin to go through the process of elimination and find out what may be causing it.
- If your fur baby is sick, your vet can make a better recommendation of what to feed your pet, according to their medical needs.
Be observant of your fur baby. If you don’t know something, ask questions. Keeping track of food intake, behaviors, and having their medical history on hand can play a vital role in detecting any illnesses early on.
The veterinary team is here for you, so help us help you.
We want to make sure your fur baby is happy and healthy, just as much as you do
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.