A thorough understanding of our pet’s health makes future decisions better and easier, which we can fulfill through vet appointments. Whether you are there for regular vet visits or checking on symptoms, there are ways to make this episode easier for both you and your furry companion.
A checklist in preparation for vet appointments
Your vet is no wizard. He can’t tell what’s wrong with your pal just by a glance. You are required to hand over basic information about your animal pal, especially during your pet’s first vet visit.
You should be able to report details on the following accurately:
- The kind of food he is given
- Eating and drinking habits
- Toilet habits
- Any other symptoms
A complete medical history allows vets to review your pet’s vital signs, weight, and blood test results. As such, it is best to turn over your pet’s medical history documents (if there are some) to your new vet:
- Vaccination and past medical records
It is important to know when your canine or feline is due for the next set of vaccination. This prevents the vet from doing unnecessary vaccination and additional boosters that may or may not be needed.
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- Medication history
Is your furry pal on current medication? List them all down, including the name of the drug, the dosage, and how often they were taken.
Having suspicious symptoms merit a visit to the vet. Some need urgent vet care. As a pet owner, you should learn to recognise the signs when it is an emergency symptom or not.
The following are non-emergency symptoms:
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However, everything should be noted to report to your vet as accurately as possible. They should never be overlooked. Keep in mind that symptoms that persist may require immediate attention.
What symptoms are considered an emergency? Watch out for the following:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Sudden paralysis—some parts or when the whole body cannot move
- Seizure or unconsciousness
- Persistent vomiting within twenty-four hours or more
- Accident trauma
- Blood discharge in the ears, eyes, nose, or mouth
- Blood in the stool
- Broken bones or fractured bones
- Ingestion of chemicals such as paint, make-up, household cleaners, and more
Help your vet make an accurate diagnosis
You cannot diagnose your pets on your own; however, you can assist the vets to accurately diagnose your pet. Remember that pet treatment depends on the diagnosed disease.
Diagnosis depends on the test results as well as the symptoms observed. Vets rely on your observation of early signs that occurred at home.
Here are things to remember:
- Pay close attention to the condition of your pet. Observe if there are any changes or abnormalities in his habits or any other suspicious reactions. Is he losing his appetite? Is he making strange noises?
- Give the doctor detailed information on what happened. For example, talk about the activities or the food he ate before he began vomiting.
- Take pictures of vomit, stool, or pee. This way, you will be able to report the colour to the vet accurately.
- Be sure to mention relevant medical history to your vet. This will help determine your pet’s condition.
Help your pet overcome anxiety and stress when going to the vet
- When going to the vet, all pets should be kept in a carrier or on a leash.
As such, cats should be trained inside a carrier and dogs on a leash before the visit. Note that even the most behaved pet would want to escape, especially when they are scared or anxious. With that in mind, be considerate to other animals at the vet.
- Associate the vet’s office with a positive experience.
Pet owners only often go to the vet’s office for vaccination and examinations. With all those needle pokes and temperature checks, vet visits can be easily associated with a bad experience by your furry pals. To address this issue, they should be brought into the office even when they are not sick just to give some treats and snuggles. Aside from that, the staff would love to see your healthy pal.
- Ensure an early appointment.
First-appointment slots help avoid prolonged stays at the vet office.
- Use over-the-counter remedies to calm your pet.
There are certain chemicals such as Adaptil that bring a calming effect to dogs. Try to spray Adaptil in his crate or harness for the trip to offer comfort. In addition to that, play calming music for dogs on the way to the vet’s office.
Finally, the most important thing is to be a calm owner the entire time. If you are feeling nervous, the tendency is that your furry pal will feel the same. It is usual for your pets to be anxious and frightened, especially in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by strangers and other pets. Whilst this can be avoided through proper socialisation, it is always nice if you can offer them comfort and assurance.