The Pet Owner’s Guide to Visiting the Vet

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A visit to the animal hospital might not be on the list of your pet’s favorite things to do, but keeping up with proper vet care is an essential part of being a responsible pet parent. You can get the most out of your visit to the animal hospital and make the experience a positive one for your pet, your veterinarian, and yourself by following a few simple guidelines. At your pet’s next appointment at the vet, keep these tips in mind.

Speak Up about Behavioral Problems
Vets are well aware that animal behavior is not always predictable, and you cannot always anticipate how your pet will react if he or she becomes anxious during an exam. However, if your pet has a history of behavioral issues at the vet, alert the doctor and staff up front. For instance, if your dog has a sore back or has been known to snap at vets in the past, giving the animal clinic staff this information will allow them to plan for a safe and positive visit.

Be Honest about Your Pet’s Health
You may hesitate to tell your vet something that you have or have not done that impacts your pet’s health, but speaking up could make all of the difference in your pet’s care. Tell your vet if you gave your pet something he or she shouldn’t have eaten, or if you inadvertently caused an injury, or if your pet may have gotten into some human pharmaceuticals, for example. We veterinarians have heard all this kind of stuff before and we only want the information so that we can make the right treatment plan for your pet.

Address All of Your Concerns
Your vet is committed to your pet’s health and can work with you on a wide range of issues. If you are worried about any aspect of your pet’s health, from behavioral issues to dietary concerns to financial constraints, bring these matters during your appointment. Your vet can be an invaluable source of information and resources.

The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group cares for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and small mammals at our two AAHA accredited pet hospitals in Dallas and McKinney. Whether you need pet dental services, a check-up, or care for a specific condition, you can set up an appointment today by calling (972) 239-1309 for north Dallas or (972) 529-5033 for the McKinney/Frisco area.

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