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Questions to Ask During a Routine Vet Exam

Questions to Ask During a Routine Vet Exam

Routine vet visits are a standard part of owning a cat or dog. So it helps to have an idea of what to expect during your visit to help you prepare. Our Novato vets share some of the questions that are most commonly asked during routine vet exams.

Questions For Vets

Veterinary appointments always go easier for you and your pet when you are fully prepared, this also includes preparing questions to ask a vet. Having your veterinary questions prepared provides you with the opportunity to get all the information you need to care for your cat or dog to keep them happy and healthy.

Below the vets at our Novato animal clinic explain some questions to ask vets and discuss why they are important:

What Questions to Ask a Veterinarian

Is my cat or dog in need of any routine vaccinations?

Vaccines are crucial for the ongoing, life-long care of your beloved companion. They have to be kept up to date to help protect them from a wide range of serious and often life-threatening illnesses and diseases. The vets at our Novato vet clinic always do their best to inform you when your pet is due for their booster shots however, it can sometimes be overlooked so it's always best to ask. 

Has my pet exhibited any concerning behavior?

Sometimes pets do odd things that are concerning to their owners such as biting, wheezing, or itching. Always take note of these behaviors and ask your vet about them because they will be able to tell you if there is an underlying condition. You should also try to provide as much information as you can for when and where your pet was bitten on picked up the pest. This will help your vet with their diagnosis.

Do you have any concerns with the diet and weight of my cat or dog?

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your pet is over or underweight. Pets of every breed and age have their own specific weight guidelines they have to maintain to live healthy lives. Even a few extra pounds over or underweight can put your pet at risk for various health conditions (some are life-threatening), making this a very important question. If your cat or dog isn't at a healthy weight your veterinarian will help you establish a diet and exercise plan to help your pet get back to a healthy weight. 

What flea and tick preventive care should my pet have?

Fleas and ticks are a valid concern for many pet owners. These pests can easily come into contact with your pet every time you bring them outside and can cause a variety of serious diseases. With so many different products available it can be hard to know which one would be best for you and your pet. Luckily, your veterinarian will be able to recommend or prescribe a prevention product that will work best for your furry companion. 

Can we discuss the items on my bill?

Kindly ask your vet this question when they hand you the bill. Your veterinarian will be able to break down the costs and explain what each fee represents, to give you a better understanding of the services provided. It can also give you an idea of what to expect on your next visit.

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.

Would like to schedule your cat or dog's routine veterinary visit? Contact our team in Novato today to check our availability.

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