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How to Prepare to See Your Veterinarian

Updated on February 17, 2016

You can say for yourself how you are feeling and if you think something needs to be looked into. Going to a veterinarian for your pet can be a little more challenging because you can’t read your pet’s mind. You may not even be the only person taking care of your pet, so you might not have all the information. This is why you should prepare ahead of time to visit your pet’s doctor. If your pet needs a checkup, visit a site for a local veterinarian and schedule an appointment.


If this is your pet’s first visit to this particular vet, then you should call to get its records transferred to this doctor. This is a routine thing and many vets will be happy to do this for you. You should do this at least a week ahead of time because the office may be backed up. You may spend more money than you should have to if you don’t get the records transferred because it will be charged as an initial exam rather than a routine checkup. It will also take longer because you will have to fill out more paperwork and more things will need to be checked on your animal.

Observe Your Pet

Your vet will likely need to know how much food your pet is consuming on a daily or a weekly basis. You should write down the brand and what kind of food it is as well as how much you give it daily. Try to be as precise as possible. A handful of food is not very descriptive since everyone has different sized hands. Instead, use a measuring cup so you know exactly how much you are giving.

Note Symptoms

If you are concerned about your pet, you should always let your vet know. Your pet may not have the same energy level that you are used to seeing, or maybe their eating and drinking levels have decreased. These can be very real indicators that there is a problem. Pets cannot tell you if they feel sick, so you have to be observant so you can catch something early on. Between appointments, you should watch your pet and note any changes in behaviors so you can bring them up when you see the vet.

If your pet is acting strange, your vet may ask you for a stool sample. Ask your vet how he or she would like this collected and if there are any other behaviors to look out for until your next visit.

New Patients

Pets can be like children where the doctor’s office makes them nervous and they have a hard time controlling their fears. Even if your pet is well-behaved most of the time, you should put it on a leash when you come in. Other pets may make it nervous, or just being in the office could make it scared. Just like with children, it is wise to make going to the vet a good experience. Take your pet with you if you need to pick up medications so that it can get used to that place and it will make it less scary. If you have a new pet, it is a good idea to get an appointment as soon as possible, so visit a site for a veterinarian in your area to schedule today.


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