How To Talk To Your Veterinarian About Your Pets

Posted on: 25 February 2015


Vet visits are rarely fun, but as much as you may feel like skipping out while your vet takes care of Fido for you, your presence is usually a huge benefit to both your vet and your pet. When you take your dog in for a checkup or because you fear there may be something wrong with him, you need to be his voice. Bringing the right information to the table can make every visit easier and help your vet provide better care for your dog.

1. Ask and Explain

When you visit your normal doctor, you tell her what's wrong and explain as necessary. The same needs to happen here; you aren't there to listen to the vet, but to have a two-way conversation. Don't be afraid to speak up.

If you think that there might be any relevant information to your dog's current health, bring it up even if it's embarrassing. This includes admitting to any accidents he may have been involved in, something he ate accidentally and that one time you lost him at the park. It might not be comfortable to explain, but anything can help, especially if you don't know what the problem might be.

You should also ask questions whenever you have any. If your vet is using lingo you don't understand or if you want to clarify something just to make sure, ask before your appointment is over. Your vet will be more than happy to make sure you understand everything you need to know.

2. Point Out Your Pet's Temperament

Vets are usually very hands on, which means they need to know your pet's personality -- specifically, whether or not they are aggressive. No one wants to walk away with a bite on their hand, so let your vet know ahead of time if your pet is friendly or needs special attention. Anything your vet knows before starting an examination is to everyone's benefit.

3. List Medication and Diet

If your dog is on any medication, this is the time to bring it up, as well as the reason for said medication. This helps your vet consider any possible side effects, as well as any medicinal conflicts there may be if she decides to prescribe something new. Also include information about your dog's diet; explain how much you feed him, what you feed him, and how many times a day you feed him. If your dog is at an unhealthy weight, this is important information to reveal.

4. Voice Your Concerns

When it comes to your dog's health or your own finances, there is no concern too small or silly. If you have any fears about any procedures or your dog's health specifically, such as their reaction to a medication or something that happened at a clinic in the past, bring them up during your discussion. Your vet will try to figure out a way to help accommodate you and your dog's needs, and "better safe than sorry" applies; no one will think you are asking useless questions.

If you have any concerns about being able to afford treatment, mention that as soon as possible before you get too far and encounter a surprise bill. You may be able to set up a payment plan that works for you.

For more information about getting the most out of a vet visit, contact a clinic such as All-Pets Hospital.