You work hard for your money, so why not get the most bang for your buck?
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when visiting your Veterinarians' office.
- Preventative medicine is the best medicine. Scheduling yearly (or, for senior pets, biannual) exams is the best way for your Vet to stay on top of your animals' health and be able to identify any slight changes that have occurred since your last visit. It may prevent very costly bills in the future should some emergency arise that could have been foreseen. Remember, a lot can happen in a year, and to your dog or cat, that’s more like 6-10 years between visits in human years.
- Ask questions. Get the most out of the time that the doctor is in the room. You may wonder, "Why are you looking in the mouth? Why do my dog's ears smell?" If you don’t understand what is being done, ask for an explanation.
- Concerned about cost? Tell your technician before the visit, and they can provide you with a detailed treatment plan.
- Be honest. If something has been going on for 2 months, please do not tell the doctor it has only been a week. You may not think something is a big deal if it has been going on for a while and downplay it at the Vets, but remember, animals instinctively are NOT supposed to show signs of sickness or weakness. By the time your pet is demonstrating different behavior to you, it has probably been going on for much longer.
These tips will only improve the level of care your pet receives which will make their lives healthier!
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (401) 738-3447.