When you are getting ready to take your dog to the veterinarian, make a list of questions and bring them along. Here are some questions to help you get started.
- How much will this cost? It’s always a good idea to know how much you’ll be spending on your dog’s veterinary care. You veterinarian may recommend treatments, health tests and often follow-up appointments that are designed to help keep your dog healthy. Talk with your veterinarian and always ask in advance how much something will cost. You don’t need to worry about offending the veterinarian, they are expecting you to ask.
- How is my dog’s weight? Just like people, pets can become overweight. Speaking of that, how many treats are you adding into the daily food amounts? Being overweight can be the catalyst for lots of diseases and can cause injuries too. Your veterinarian is an excellent judge of how much your pet should weigh and they can assist you in taking some of the extra pounds off too.
- How is my dog’s teeth and overall oral health? Oral care for dogs is just as important as it is for people. Lots of diseases and infections begin in the mouth so ask you veterinarian to take a good look at what is going on inside your dog’s mouth. If you aren’t brushing your dog’s teeth, ask you veterinarian to show you proper techniques.
- What vaccines and preventative medications should my dog be getting? There are so many vaccines and medicines on the market it will be helpful to you to know what is required and what is not necessary. A good veterinarian won’t be over-vaccinating your dog and will know what is appropriate care and treatment for your dog.
- How much exercise should my dog get every day? Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthier and even stave off depression. Ask your veterinarian what an appropriate amount of exercise is for your dog. As an added perk, you and your dog will be able to stay healthier and fitter together.
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