Owning a pet is a little like having kids. It takes a lot of time and energy to look after them, and it’s important to stay on top of certain things, like vet appointments. Having said that, we’re all busy people, and so it’s equally as important to make sure that once you do book that elusive vet check-in, that you make the most of the time you’re there.
To that end, here are a couple of questions you want to make sure you ask your vet before leaving the next time you’re there to make sure you get the most out of your appointment:
Is My Pet a Healthy Weight?
The obesity epidemic in animals is climbing each year, which is really a shame. The easiest way you can make sure your own pet’s weight is in check is to get her weighed each year at her annual vet visit, and to compare the weights year-by-year. Ask your vet if your animal is within the appropriate weight range for her breed, size and stature. If she isn’t, ask what you need to do to start fixing the problem.
Is That [Insert Odd Behavior Here] Normal?
Don’t automatically assume that your cat’s wheezing after a bout of exercise is normal, or that it’s common for small dogs to run and hide every time a stranger enters the house. During your annual pet check-up is a great time to ask your vet about any peculiarities you’ve noticed in your animal over the past year. Try keeping a running list as these things happen, so you can note to your doctor exactly what the issue was, when it first occurred and how often it has occurred since.
Is My Pet Up to Date on Shots?
It never hurts to make sure your furry friend is totally up-to-date on all her vaccinations and immunizations—it’s something that can easily be overlooked.
Can You Recommend a Good Kennel or Pet Sitter?
If you don’t already have one, it’s always a good idea to get a trusted recommendation from your vet for someone to look after your pet should you need to go away. The last thing you want to do is forget to take care of that tiny little detail while you’re busy planning for a big trip. It’s best to get the recommendation early and figure out if that person works for your specific needs ahead of time.
What Foods are Dangerous for my Pet?
Do you know that meat is absolutely essential to a cat’s diet? Did you know that grapes and raisins could cause kidney damage in dogs? Instead of consulting with the Internet or questioning whether or not it’s okay to feed your dog that leftover piece of chocolate cake (it’s not!), get a list from your doctor before leaving and leave it on your fridge so you’ll never have to question yourself again.
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