Bringing your cat or dog in for routine veterinary visits is a standard part of pet ownership. Knowing what to ask your vet about can help you feel more prepared. Here, our Killen vets share some of the common questions that you should ask your vet during your pet's routine exam.
Questions For Vets
Veterinary appointments always go easier for you and your pet when you are fully prepared, this also includes preparing questions to ask a vet. Having your veterinary questions prepared provides you with the opportunity to get all the information you need to care for your cat or dog to keep them happy and healthy.
Below the vets at our Killen animal hospital explain some questions to ask vets and discuss why they are important:
What Questions to Ask a Veterinarian
Does my pet need any routine vaccines?
Vaccines are crucial for the ongoing, life-long care of your beloved companion. They have to be kept up to date to help protect them from a wide range of serious and often life-threatening illnesses and diseases. The vets at our Killen vet clinic always do their best to inform you when your pet is due for their booster shots however, it can sometimes be overlooked so it's always best to ask.
Is my pet due for a dental exam or cleaning?
Routine dental care is a critical component of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, but most pets don't get the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our Killen veterinary hospital, we provide complete dental care for your pet including dental exams, teeth cleanings, polishing and surgeries.
We also make a point of providing dental health education to pet owners about home dental care for their pets.
Has my pet exhibited any concerning behavior?
Sometimes pets do odd things that are concerning to their owners such as biting, wheezing, or itching. Always take note of these behaviors and ask your vet about them because they will be able to tell you if there is an underlying condition. You should also try to provide as much information as you can for when and where your pet was bitten or picked up by the pest. This will help your vet with their diagnosis.
Do you have any concerns with the weight of my cat or dog?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your pet is over or underweight. Pets of every breed and age have their own specific weight guidelines they have to maintain to live healthy lives. Even a few extra pounds over or underweight can put your pet at risk for various health conditions (some are life-threatening), making this a very important question. If your cat or dog isn't at a healthy weight your veterinarian will help you establish a diet and exercise plan to help your pet get back to a healthy weight.
Is my pet's current diet meeting all of their nutritional needs?
All pets have specific nutritional needs including a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. When choosing a food for your cat or dog, you will need to look into the components of the food to ensure that it will meet the individual needs of your pet.
You can ask your vet for guidance on what your pet needs in food and how to meet their nutritional needs in order to keep them healthy. Because your pet's needs will be changing constantly, it is ideal to discuss their diet at least once yearly.
Do you have any recommendations for helping my pet get enough exercise?
Exercise is crucial for your pet to stay strong and healthy, both physically and mentally. The type and amount of exercise that your pet needs will vary depending on the type of pet you have, their age and breed. Your vet will be able to help you determine how my energy your pet needs to burn each day and can also offer some recommendations for types of exercises that your pet will enjoy.
What diagnostics tests will my pet need during this routine visit?
Diagnostic testing is crucial for helping to monitor the overall health of your pet and to pinpoint any potential concerns. Because pets are unable to use words to express what they feel, these tests become vital. Your vet can use diagnostic tests to determine the issue at hand and begin treating it quickly.
What flea and tick preventive care should my pet have?
Fleas and ticks are a valid concern for many pet owners. These pests can easily come into contact with your pet every time you bring them outside and can cause a variety of serious diseases. With so many different products available it can be hard to know which one would be best for you and your pet. Luckily, your veterinarian will be able to recommend or prescribe a prevention product that will work best for your furry companion.
Can we discuss the items on my bill?
Kindly ask your vet this question when they hand you the bill. Your veterinarian will be able to break down the costs and explain what each fee represents, to give you a better understanding of the services provided. It can also give you an idea of what to expect on your next visit.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.