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What Questions to Ask a Veterinarian During a Routine Exam

A pet's routine exams are a great time to ask the vet any questions you have about how to give a dog or cat the care they need. In this article, our Des Moines vets discuss the importance of routine exams for pets, how to prepare for them, and share some questions to ask a veterinarian.

Routine Exams for Pets

When you routinely bring your pet to the vet, it allows them to catch health problems early, administer necessary vaccinations, and protect your pet from a variety of illnesses with parasite prevention measures.

These visits uphold your pet's lifelong health and well-being. Additionally, compared to the cost of treating a condition or illness that has already developed and/or progressed, wellness exams save you money in the long-run.

Getting Ready for Your Pet's Routine Exam

Make your cat or dog's examination at Des Moines Veterinary Hospital as seamless as possible by coming prepared. Below, we'll outline some tips to help make your pet's appointment as stress-free as possible:

  • Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
  • If this is your first time bringing your pet to our Des Moines 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

Having questions for vets ensures you're giving your pet the care they need and deserve. If you're not sure what questions to ask a veterinarian, we've got you covered. Here, we'll lay out some important questions to ask a vet during your cat or dog's routine exam:

  • Are there any specific vaccinations or preventive treatments my pet needs 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 consider 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?
  • Are there any changes or adjustments I should make to my pet's environment or daily routine to enhance their well-being?
  • Is there anything else I should be doing to ensure my pet's optimal health and happiness?
  • Are there any tests my pet needs to undergo to monitor their health more effectively?

Remember, these questions get you started, feel free to ask any additional questions or concerns you may have about your pet's well-being. Your veterinarian can provide 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.

Looking to book a wellness exam for your cat or dog? Contact our Des Moines vets to schedule your pet's appointment today.

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Des Moines Veterinary Hospital welcomes cats, dogs, fish, small mammals, and their owners to our clinic! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Des Moines companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's appointment.

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