1. Saving More Time During Consultation!
Most veterinary clinics have a specific time alocated for consultation meaning that to be able to help more pets we need to have a schedule.
When you usually book an appointment, the receptionist asks you what time interval would suit you better so that she can check to see if we have availability in that period of time.
Allocated time intervals vary from clinic to clinic as they can be between 12-15-20 min for a consultation or even more sometimes, if possible. It is very important to educate our pet parents to understand the importance of good communication and comprehension, to respect and help each other in order for us to obtain great results.
2. Good Information For Our Pets` Well – Being!
When you know that something is not OK with your pet and you already have a veterinary appointment, try to look closer and in more detail at your pet:
✔ Make a note of any symptoms your pet may have.
✔ List any medications if needed.
✔ Pay attention to your pets’ drinking, appetite and energy levels.
✔ Try to ask yourself some questions when you are with your pet at home:
▹ What has changed? When did everything start? Does he/she eat/drink normally?
▹ Is he/she lethargic at any point? Do you see something changed when you take your dog outside for a walk? Do you see something changed when your cat goes to the litter tray?
▹ How many times is he/she going to the toilet and how is he/she acting ▹ Straining or not?▹ Do you see any abnormal colour/aspect to the faeces/urine?▹ Is your pet adopting normal positions?
▹ Or.. Is he/she limping? When was the first change noticed? Have you done something different in the last days?
These are just a few questions that you should ask yourself before coming to your appointment because it helps you prepare for all our questions.
We will ask you a lot of details because we need to know what the situation could possibly be and what we can do further from there. In this case, it is better to be prepared as much as you can so we don`t have to wait for each other.
This would make the whole consultation much easier, more comfortable and less time consuming for both parties.
Sometimes you can remember even more details than you can ever imagine and trust me…this helps us a lot sometimes!
It is very important to visit your veterinarian at least 2 times per year for a general health check and for the well-being of your pet!
▪ When you call to book an appointment, you can also ask if you need to bring in a stool sample for examination (for intestinal parasites) or a urine sample.
▪ If you recently changed your vet, try to have some records from them. In some cases, we may ask for your pet’s previous registration clinic. This way, we can give them a call and ask for your pets` records. If there is a medical history, we really need to know more details for further clinical protocols.
▪ Make a list of foods and treats you are feeding your pets, along with the quantities you are feeding them. Try to use a specific recipient to measure the quantity because if you’re feeding a handful portion doesn’t tell us too much.
▪ Keep your pet’s body condition score within the reasonable limits. Below you have a very helpful chart for your records:
Keep your pet’s body condition score within the reasonable limits. Below you have a very helpful chart for your records:
▪ Worms, fleas & ticks prevention and control programs! If you do have a record of your pets prevention scheme, ask if you need more medication for the next months. If you do not have any yet, then you can ask us and we will provide you with all the information you need.
We need to know if you already purchased any medicamentation from any other sources rather than a veterinary clinic. Sometimes, these details are very important for your pets’ well-being. We need to know your pets’ age as accurate as possible.
We also need to know the correct weight of your pet because all the medications (shampoo, tablets, injections or even spot-on solutions) have a specific dose and this depends on your pets’ weight.
▪ Keep a record of the above-mentioned! You can use a normal calendar and just circle the day when you gave a specific medication.
It is very important to take care of these aspects if you want to have a healthy pet. There are a lot of different products and companies in the vet industry and we will make sure that we can choose the best prevention scheme specifically adjusted to your pets’ needs.
Always remember that it is much better to prevent than cure! Your adored ones need to be protected all the time and for the rest of their life! ♥
✔ Check with the vet on any common illnesses that can be specific to your breed. Keep a pets’ first aid kit on hand. Learn more about your chosen breed!
✔ Ask for suggestions on minor injuries and how to treat them. Ask if you have any other particular question! We are here for every pet parent and every paw in need!