Information to Have your Pet's Veterinary Appointment!

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?

  • Recently moved?

 

Common behaviors signaling your pet is uncomfortable:

 

  •  Frequent licking of any parts of the body

  •  Frequent head shaking/pawing/scratching

  •  Scooting 

  •  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.