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How to have a good relationship with your veterinarian

If you have a good relationship with your veterinarian, you will likely be far more comfortable making decisions about your pet and his/her health care. So how can you cultivate a good relationship with your veterinarian?

First, be prepared with a good history. Without a good history, we may need to run a lot of unnecessary tests to figure things out. The most likely questions your veterinarian will ask include the following:

  • What are your concerns?
  • Has their been any increase in drinking or urinating?
  • Has the pet had any vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or decrease in appetite?
  • Has there been any change in his/her energy level?
  • What type of food are you feeding and how much?
  • Have there been any food changes recently?
  • Is your pet on any medications or had any health problems in the past?
  • Have their been any behaviour changes.
  • Depending on the reason for the visit, there may be more questions regarding any problems.

Note:Don’t be surprised if the technician and the vet seem to repeat questions. Sometimes asking a question in a different manner reminds an owner of something that might be useful for us to know. Pets can’t talk so we rely heavily on the history.

  • If you have a lot of questions for the vet, write them down so you can be sure you don’t forget anything and advise the receptionist when booking the appointment so that they can schedule an appropriate amount of time.
  • If your pet has multiple issues be sure to tell the receptionist when booking. If you only book for one problem you may have to make a second appointment if we haven’t booked enough time to deal with everything at one visit.
  • If you have financial constraints be sure you ask and understand what things will cost. Be up front with your veterinarian about this and they will do their best for you. Financing can be provided through PetCard.
  • Prepare your pet for the visit… see the Preparing for the Veterinary exam handout in the Pet Behaviour section.
  • When we show up have your dog on leash and/or your cat confined in a small area.

If it is our first visit with your pet it is very important that we receive their previous records so we know their vaccination history and details of medications and medical problems. You will need to request that your clinic sends them to us before the appointment. Otherwise we may need to delay vaccines until we’ve received the records and this could end up costing you another house call and exam fee. So it is in your best interest to be sure the records are forwarded. Ask your clinic to email records to mobilevet@outlook.com .