How to make your vet visit better! We need you, our partners in pet care, to assist in making your pet’s visit as easy and productive as possible. Here are simple steps pet parents can take to do just that. With your help, we can work together to provide your pet with a long, healthy, happy life. Thanks for doing your part!
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Please make sure to schedule your appointment in advance. Please fill out the patient form which is available on our website. In addition, please provide us with the medical history for all new patients.
- Accustom your pet to being handled. Dogs and cats who have their mouths, ears, undersides, and feet touched on a regular basis are more likely to remain calm during an exam. This will make their treatment quicker and more pleasant for everyone.
- Ask if your pet is due for lab work and if there are any special instructions. You may be asked to bring a fresh stool/ urine sample or to schedule your appointment at a specific time of day. Annual parasite screening and blood work is recommended for all pets. Those on chronic medications or over eight years of age are checked more frequently.
- If your dog is aggressive, train her to wear a muzzle and bring her in wearing it. When having it on isn’t an unusual experience, your dog will not be as resistant and everyone’s safety will be assured.
- If possible, bring your pet in a little hungry. One method we use to provide a stress-free visit is to give your pet treats during the exam. We have an assortment in our clinic, but if your pet has a favorite treat, bring a few along. If he has a comfort blanket or toy, feel free to come with that as well. This will help reduce his anxiety and make the trip a positive experience.
- Prepare- Check your supply of heartworm and flea/tick preventatives and medications; will you need refills? If you have purchased supplements or medications elsewhere, bring them with you so the doctor is aware of everything your pet is taking. Also, taking pictures of your pet’s food, treats and medication is always a great way to prepare for your visit.
IN THE WAITING ROOM
- Arrive at your scheduled time so that we can give you and your pet the attention you deserve.
- If your dog is aggressive or nervous, ask for the first appointment of the morning or afternoon. This will minimize the pet's stress. We strive to keep our appointments on time; however, a frightened or very ill pet may take longer for the doctor to see.
- We also appreciate your patience when an emergency comes in; these pets may need to be seen immediately.
- Secure your pet! For everyone’s safety, please have your cat or small animal in a carrier and your dog on a leash. Animals can behave unpredictably, especially if they don’t feel well or are in an unfamiliar environment.
DURING THE EXAM
- Write down your questions and concerns ahead of time. This way you can be sure to have a productive conversation with the vet. This makes the best use of everyone’s time and avoids a later game of telephone tag when you remember all the things you forgot to ask!
- Consider leaving the kids at home. This way your attention is on your pet and her care. If you do need to bring children along, we suggest having a book or quiet toy to occupy them. For everyone’s safety, we ask that children remain with their parents.
AFTER THE VISIT
- Follow the doctor’s instructions regarding medication, food, training, and follow-up visits. We can provide written directions and handouts if needed. If you have difficulty giving your pet the needed treatments, please let us know. There is often an alternative we can try.