If you make a list before you head out to your physical exams, consider doing the same thing for your beloved pet. Making a list ahead of time helps you remember all the points you wanted to ask about, but often forget at the time of the annual visit. Check out the top 10 questions for your veterinarian.
1. When will my pet need neutering or spaying? Animal lovers know that getting your pet spayed or neutered is the kindest thing you can do for animals. Unwanted animals are routinely abused, malnourished and miserable and often get sick or injured, as the pet is not in the care of a loving human.
2. How much will it cost? Good veterinarians will recommend treatments, tests and appointments that are in your pet’s best interest. Always ask in advance how much something will cost. Don’t worry—your vet is expecting it.
3. How is my pet’s weight? Being overweight can bring on many diseases and can cause injury, just like in humans. Your veterinarian is the best judge of how much your pet should weigh.
4. What is the best food and correct amount for my pet? There are lots of ads on television that talk about the benefits of one pet food over another. Your veterinarian has nothing to gain but healthy patients, so his or her advice is the best bet in choosing a healthy and appropriate pet food.
5. How is my pet’s oral health? Many diseases and infections begin in the mouth. More and more, pet owners understand the value of oral care for their pets. Ask your vet to get a good look around in your pet’s mouth. You can even get tips for brushing your pet’s teeth.
6. What types of vaccines are suggested for my pet? As medicine advances, more vaccines are available for your pet. Your doctor will be on the front line of what is new and what is appropriate for your pet.
7. How much exercise should my pet get every day? People get sick and depressed when exercise suffers, and so do pets. Exercising too much is not good, either. Find out what the goals are for your pet and stick to them.
8. What blood tests are recommended? Testing for congenital diseases and getting baseline data about your pet is very helpful. Animal Planet suggests you find out when your pet should begin getting routine blood work.
9. Is there a generic form of this medication? Should your pet become ill, your veterinarian will probably prescribe a medication. Never fear asking for the generic. It could save you a lot of money.
10. What is the technique for giving my pet this medication? If you have to give your pet medication, it can be pretty stressful for you and your pet. Your vet can give you handy tips from experience about the best approach to take when giving your pet the medication.