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Making the Most of Your Pet's Routine Exam: What to Ask Your Vet

Making the Most of Your Pet's Routine Exam: What to Ask Your Vet

Preventive care is the foundation for your pet's lifelong good health. These exams allow your vet to catch early signs of disease, illness, and harmful conditions. Here, our Portland vets share tips and questions to ask during your pet's routine examination.

Routine Exams & Preventive Care

Bring your pet to our Portland veterinary clinic for a checkup. It helps your vet catch problems early, administer necessary vaccinations, and prevent parasites from harming your pet.

This visit is crucial for your pet's lifelong well-being. Additionally, wellness exams are much more affordable than treating severe diseases, illnesses, or parasitic conditions later on.

By being proactive, you can save your pet from pain and discomfort.

Preparing for Your Pet's Examination

Ensuring a smooth and stress-free preventive care appointment for your beloved pet is of utmost importance to us in Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital. To make your visit as seamless as possible, we recommend the following steps:

  • Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
  • If this is your first time bringing your pet to our Portland veterinary hospital, arrive about 10 minutes early to fill out the new patient forms.
  • Bring records of your pet's medical history and past and present medications and dosages.
  • Take notes of your pet's food, exercise routine, and bowel movements to help your vet understand your pet's lifestyle.
  • Schedule an appointment slot with no time restrictions because the exam length will depend on your pet's breed and medical condition.
  • Your vet may ask you to bring in a fresh sample of your pet's stool for a fecal exam or a urine sample for a urine test.
  • Prepare any questions you have for your vet ahead of time.
  • Record any symptoms or behaviors your cat or dog displays that concern you to share with the veterinarian.
  • Bring your pet a favorite blanket or toy to help them stay calm at their appointment.
  • Call your vet to ask them if it is okay for your furry friend to eat before their appointment ( some tests require fasting).
  • Make sure to bring your cat or small dog in a carrier. If you have a larger dog, keep them on a leash.
  • Ask for a cost estimate and Inform your vet of your budget so they can adjust the exams accordingly.

Questions to Ask Your Vet

Here are some important questions you should consider asking the veterinarian during your pet's routine exam:

  • What vaccinations or preventive treatments does my pet require at this stage of their life?
  • Is my pet at a healthy weight? Should I adjust their diet or exercise routine?
  • Are there any signs or symptoms I should watch out for that may indicate a health problem?
  • Are there any dental care recommendations for my pet? Should I explore options like professional cleanings or at-home dental care?
  • What is the best method for parasite control (fleas, ticks, heartworms, etc.) for my pet? Are there any new products or advancements in prevention?
  • Are there any dietary supplements or specific foods that could benefit my pet's overall health or address specific concerns?
  • Are there any breed-specific health concerns I should be aware of and monitor?
  • Is there anything I should know about my pet's behavior or habits that may require attention or training?
  • Should I make any changes or adjustments to my pet's living environment or daily routine to boost their overall well-being?
  • Is there anything else I should be doing to ensure my pet's optimal health and happiness?

These questions serve as a starting point and don't hesitate to ask any additional questions or express concerns you may have about your pet's well-being. Your veterinarian will offer personalized advice based on your pet's specific needs and circumstances.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your cat or dog due for a wellness exam? Contact our Portland vets to book an appointment for your companion.

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