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What To Expect During A Visit To The Vet

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Patrick Miles, DVM is owner and veterinarian at Priceless Pet Clinic in Normandy Park WA. He has worked in emergency medicine since graduating veterinary school and spent seven years at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services.

What to expect during a visit to the veterinarian?

A lot of clients have questions about what things need or may need to be done at the different life stages that your puppy or kitten may come in with. In general, that really will vary from pet to pet and certainly based on their track history and whether they have had problems in the past or not.

There certainly are certain breed predispositions that we are going to be looking for and watching out for but in general as a young pet just like with people, very rarely are they going to come across problems. Most of those problems may be related to dietary problems, they may be related to skin problems. But as pets age just like with you and I, certain problems certainly may arise that need to be addressed or monitored or be aware of. So often times when dogs are reaching their mid five, six, seven years of age depending on the breed, we may recommend doing senior profile screening which may check a blood panel, a urine sample and a thyroid level for instance. So, that really will depend on the age, the breed, and whether they have had prior medical problems in the past or not.

Questions you should ask your vet on the first visit:

  1. Is My Pet at a Healthy Weight?
  2. Could I be providing a more appropriate food?
  3. Is That [Insert Odd Behavior Here] Normal?
  4. Is My Pet Up to Date on Shots?
  5. Does My Pet Need a Dental Cleaning?
  6. Does My Pet Need a Blood Test?
  7. What Flea/Tick Meds Do You Recommend for My Pet?
  8. What are these Lumps and Bumps?
  9. Does My Pet Need a Rectal Exam?
  10. Can You Please Explain my Bill?

6 Tips to De-Stress Your Pet’s Vet Visit

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Taking your pet to the vet can be a very long, tiring, and stressful task. And if your pet has anxiety about going, it can be even more difficult. This article gives tips on how to de-stress your pet before their visit to the vet!

Tips for a Relaxing Trip to the Vet

  1. Make the vet feel familiar to your pet: I know life gets crazy and your schedule can be full. But if you ever have a chance to just stop in at the vet with your pet to say hi, it may make them feel more comfortable. Going to a place they are familiar with may make the experience a little easier when they have an actual appointment.
  2. Be prepared: When you are stressed, your pet may be too. Make time the night before to get everything together for the vet so you are ready when the time comes. It’s also important to leave in time so you are not rushed.
  3. If your pet is sick, don’t wear them out: Some pet owners like to have their dog well prepared by bathing and grooming them beforehand. By the time that is over, they are not up to a visit to the vet. Be aware of how your dog is feeling and don’t put unneeded stress on them. The vets won’t be upset about it.
  4. Make them feel at home: One of the best ways to make your pet feel at home and comfortable during a visit to the vet is bringing along one of their favorite toys. You may have to check with your vet beforehand to make sure this is okay.
  5. Don’t make unnecessary visits: If your pet is constantly having anxiety about going to the vet, make sure the visit is necessary. Call the vet if you have questions or concerns before making the trip with your pet, there may not be any reason to go in.
  6. Spoil your pet (a little extra) before and after the visit: Yes I am sure they are spoiled already. But a little extra love and attention may just calm them down.

Unfamiliar places can be scary, even for your pet! The stress of that and being sick can take a big toll on your pet’s behavior. Put yourself in their shoes and remember these tips for a hopefully easier and more relaxed next trip.

Natalie Aylett attends University of Texas at Arlington where she is studying Public Relations and Advertising. She works at Eosera, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.