First of all, it’s important to know your pet’s normals, and non-normals. Every pet is different.
If you are visiting a different veterinarian it’s important to gather all documents from previous DVM’s visits, so your pet’s medical notes stay consistent! This makes your visit a lot smoother, increasing quality service for you and your pet, and narrowing down specific treatments for the health concern/s mentioned.
Having the answer to these questions enables your veterinarian to have a clearer picture of your pet’s situation:
When did he/she begin to show that something is wrong?
How quickly did the symptoms progress/gotten worse?
Any changes in your pet’s routine around the onset of signs?
Has his/her diet, living situation, or energy level changed?
Has this issue occurred before? Any past medical problems? - how were they treated, and how effective was the treatment?
Mostly indoor or outdoor?
Exposed to what kind of water?
Flea and tick prevention (yes/no, what kind/brand, and how often)
Where specifically does your pet sleep?
Common behaviors signaling your pet is uncomfortable:
Frequent licking of any parts of the body
Frequent head shaking/pawing/scratching
Frequent rubbing on furniture
Remember that an elizabethan collar enables buffer time get your pet examined by a veterinarian without him/her doing as much self-damage or any at all.