Friday, December 1, 2023
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Prepare For Your Veterinary Visits

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Basil reads the list.

As I reviewed information from last weekend’s Online Cat Conference and looked up references I also encountered other articles of interest on veterinary sites.

Basil took an interest in this particular article, possibly because he’s still not convinced about the veterinarian’s intentions, and if he could read he’d understand that it is all for his own good. Being a former feral kitten he can sometimes be difficult t convince. When we went to a veterinarian’s office when he was young he was wary, but just made a lot of faces and was a Very Good Boy. I had done as much as I could to make it easy for him so that the veterinarian would be able to do her work.

Now we see our house call veterinarian which is easier for him, but I still make preparations for the cats she will see, and have all my paperwork and notes and questions in order so I don’t take unnecessary time. But even with my wonderful house call veterinarian, there are still times when I need to take one of them to a veterinarian for diagnostics she can’t do, or surgery, or on the occasion she’s away.

Preparing for your veterinary visit, long before your visit

Part of caring for your pet is being aware of their physical condition, and of changes in it, tracking these changes and describing them to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian depends on this information, as well as any prior records you may have that aren’t in that office and medications prescribed by another veterinarian. Also, you should turn off your devices so you have no distractions when you listen and discuss your pet with your veterinarian, and make sure you understand what they explain to you, and any follow up you need to attend to.

Your veterinarian spent years learning what was necessary to take care of your pet, and continues to learn new things each year as procedures and treatments and even equipment rapidly change. Your veterinarian is also likely a small business owner or works for a small local business, and needs to be as efficient as possible in order to keep costs in line with what you can afford.

The list of tips below can be found on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) website under “Public Resources” for “Yourvet”, information for working with your veterinarian for the best outcome for your pet.

  1. Accustom your pet to its carrier and to traveling in the car;
  2. If your veterinarian doesn’t already have your pet’s medical record on file, bring it with you or have your previous veterinary team send or fax the records – or, at a minimum, bring your own notes on your pet’s health and medical history. Don’t send your pet with a person who doesn’t have the information the vet will need to help your pet – or if you have to do this, thoroughly document your pet’s current condition on paper and make sure you’re available by phone to answer questions that may come up;
  3. Arrive on time or a few minutes early for your appointment;
  4. Unless your children can sit quietly without distracting you or interfering with your veterinary team’s ability to examine or treat your pet or talk to you about your pet, consider leaving your children with a babysitter while you take your pet to the veterinarian;
  5. Turn your cell phone off while you are in the exam room;
  6. Know what medications your pet is receiving (including supplements), as well as how much, how often and how long it is given, and/or bring them with you;
  7. Share your observations and concerns with your veterinarian – after all, you know your pet better than anyone else does;
  8. Ask questions. Ask until you understand;
  9. Ask for handouts, brochures, or even reputable online sources of information about your pet’s condition;
  10. Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations. They’re given for one very important reason – to keep your pet healthy.

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