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You And Your Dog's Vet: Cementing A Good Relationship - Part Two

Updated on April 10, 2012

Show Up. Ask Questions And Be Responsible

  • When it comes to working together with your Vet to achieve the optimum results for your pet, the onus is on you to speak for your dog. It is essential you communicate well with the Vet about any health issues or problems you notice during your daily interaction. No one knows your pet better than you do.

Yet,, if you want to maintain your canine’s health and have a healthy relationship with your Vet, there are certain things you must consider. One of the more important issues concerns following the Vet’s instructions.

Follow Instructions

When your Vet prescribes medication or gives you instructions, do you pay attention? You should. It is essential that you listen and understand what is required of you concerning primary care. If you have trouble remembering what was said, record it – literally or figuratively. Write down or have the Vet or assistant write down specific and exact instructions. This way, you have a record of what you need to do.

Make sure you know:

  • · When the next visit – the follow-up is
  • Know exactly what the correct doses are and when you should give them.
  • Be sure about times, amounts and methods of providing them.
  • Check to see if any medication is not to be given with the other.
  • Be sure you know whether the medication is to be taken with or without food. If without food, see how far before or after meals.
  • If there is more than one medication, or more than one person will be giving the medicines or attending to the therapy, make up a chart. Do it by hand or run it off on the computer. Make sure you place it where you, the family and any caregiver can see it. On the fridge or bulletin board is excellent.
  • Never skip a dose. If you do, phone your Vet and ask for the correct procedure. Do not automatically assume you can double-up or continue as prescribed.
  • If an overdose occurs, phone your Vet immediately to see what the procedure is.
  • If you have forgotten to mention a specific herbal or other supplement your dog is on, call the Vet back and see if there are any clashes between the different therapies.

If you follow the instructions and adhere to the therapy, you will help your Vet help your dog become or remain healthy. You will be fulfilling your duties as a responsible canine companion.

Other Matters

When visiting the Vet always remember the following:

  • Show up on time.
  • Be there. Always try to take your pet to the Vet. Try not to send a substitute. You know your pet best. If you have to send someone else, make sure he or she knows what the problem is and can provide the Vet with a description of all the characteristics of the condition. Supply the substitute with notes, charts or whatever you think will help out the Vet in diagnosing the issue.
  • Be polite. The reception is doing his/her job as is the technician and the Vet.
  • Do not text while you are with the Vet
  • Do not phone while you are with the Vet.
  • If your pet is going to be in the back for a while, see about getting a coffee and, maybe, ask the receptionist if they want anything.
  • Above all, be patient


Be responsible. As a dog owner, you need to speak up for your canine. At the same time, you need to respect what your Vet is trying to accomplish. Pay attention to what he or she says and/or recommends. It does not mean you need to follow blindly. If you have any questions, ask them. However, respect the Vet and those in the Vet office. They are prepared to help your canine as best as they can.


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      Diane Ward 

      6 years ago

      A perfect compliment to part one. Very useful information Well written


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