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Building a Relationship with Your Vet By Asking Questions

September 8, 2011 by Jillian at Tails in Home with 0 Comments
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Having a good relationship with your pet’s veterinarian is critical to your pet’s long term health and wellness. By asking questions you can gain insight into whether or not your pet’s behavior is normal or something you should look deeper into. Asking questions also shows you are a vested, caring pet guardian who wants the best for their pet.

While most good Vets are more than willing to address your concerns, vets are generally very busy people and so to be respectful of their time, consider coming to your next vet appointment with your questions prepared. One idea is to keep a separate journal of questions you would like to ask your vet. That way when you think of something, you can write it down and you won’t be struggling to remember the next time you are in the Vet’s office. You could also use the notes feature on your Smartphone or tablet device to keep a running list of questions.

To help jog your memory of questions you may have wanted to ask your Vet but didn’t, check out this article on MSN called “20 Questions You Forgot to Ask Your Vet“.

Questions include these and more:

  • Our 14-year-old cat has started drinking a lot more water. Is it her age?
  • My German shepherd was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable?
  • Is there anything I can do to keep a goldfish alive for more than a month?
  • I just took in an abandoned cocker spaniel, and I’m concerned she may have heartworms. What should I be looking for?
  • I’m constantly cleaning up my cat’s fur. Will anything help reduce her shedding?

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