Tips to get the most out of your next vet visit
We understand that trips to the vet can be overwhelming. During a vet consultation there can be a lot to take in, especially when the vet starts talking about treatment options and what you need to do next.
However it’s also important that you get to ask your questions and make sure they get addressed. We know oftentimes you get caught up with the all the information the vet is giving you that you completely forget to ask.
The vet might also ask you questions about things you might not know about your pet such as the name of that worming product you’re using or what brand of food you’re feeding.
This is all stuff the vet needs to know when taking a medical history.
How do you take in all the information in a Veterinary Consultation?
One thing you can do is ask the vet for permission to record the consultation on your phone.
This means you can always replay what’s been said or recommended later. It’s a great option if you want to discuss what the vet said with your partner or other family members.
The other option is to have your vet email through a summary of the consultation findings and recommendations.
Make notes before your vet visits
We encourage all clients to make some notes before they visit so they don’t forget some of the vital information the vet needs for their pet’s medical history. This includes jotting down all the questions they want to ask the vet.
Our consultations are 30 minutes long so that’s heaps of time to cover lots of things. Bring your questions. If our vet can’t answer them then there’s other vets on the team that can.
And if you need a handy checklist to help you write down those important questions and information beforehand, we’ve got you covered.
Ask us for our handy consultation checklist and we’ll email it through to you. 👉
Senior Pet Consultations
PS: If you’re taking your senior pet in for a check-up you should try and take a fresh urine sample along. This is so the vet can run a test to check for kidney function. This is a really important test for our senior cats and dogs as kidney failure is a common old age related disease. Catching it early means there’s you have a much better chance of managing it and slowing down the progress.
🤔 Your observations at home are important
Only YOU know your pet best. This is why the vet will often ask you if you notice anything different about your pet. Their habits – their behaviours – their mobility – their demeanour etc. This information is vital in helping them work out the underlying causes when combined with a physical examination.
Be sure to write down any observations as you come across them so you don’t forget to mention them. You’ll be surprised at how many follow up calls we get from clients who forgot to mention something in the consultation that proved to be really important and critical to reaching a diagnosis.