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How To Make The Most Out Of A Visit To The Vet

Nov 8th 2015 at 9:30 PM

Every now and then, you may need to visit the vet on account of some illness or injury on your pet. Whatever the case may be, it is good practice to be able to visit the vet often even if your pet is not sick or injured the same way that you make a regular visit to your doctor at least once a year. If it is about that time when you have to visit the vet, the following ideas and considerations will help you make the most out of the time that you have so that you can have an effective consultation that will positively impact your pet.

Before you can take your pet to the vet, for example for tick treatment for dogs, you need to prepare the pet for the visit to the vet. This can be done in several different ways and will vary from pet to pet but by and large the following techniques should apply across the board. First, get the pet used to being touched or handled by another person. If you have a dog, this simply means that you need to pet the dog a little bit more often and if possible ask a friend of yours that is not familiar with the dog to be-friend the dog and pet it as well. If you have a cat or some other mammalian pet, the same should apply. If you have a reptile or a fish or some other type of pet, use a more relevant technique to get the pet used to the idea that someone else, apart from you, may have to handle the pet. Next, if you don’t already have a box or a carrier cage where you can put the pet and transport it safely to the vet, then you need to get one in advance so that your pet can start getting used to the box or restraining device that you use. This will make it easier to move the pet around when you need to as well.


Once you have prepared the dog for the vet and just before you leave for the vet’s office, carry a pen and paper or a notepad so that you can capture any useful information that the vet advises, recommends or suggests to you for proper care of your pet. If you manage to visit a North shore vet, you may be able to get some writing materials and probably even some recommendations of what you should do before you visit the vet’s office. If you happen to be visiting such a vet, the it would be a good idea to ask the veterinary receptionist a few questions or recommendations of what you should do before visiting the vet. If you need to carry a stool or urine sample from your pet, the you can be advised on how you should go about it. When at the vet’s office communicate any relevant information clearly so that you can translate the pet’s behaviour accurately or describe any symptoms in the best way possible.

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