When going to see a Veterinarian for a monthly check up of your dog, you must be prepared what to tell, in this way you will make all the necessary information your vet should know about the condition of your pet. Here are the lists that will help you make things easier.
- Make sure to bring all your records and if necessary, show them to your veterinarian.
- When your first noticed the signs of illness, what you observed and in what order. Did the signs become progressively more severe or diminish in nature? Are they worse at any specific time or day?
- If your pet is drinking more than usual. If so, give an indication of how much water intake per day.
- If you have any other pets, what kind of pet? Are the showing signs of illness too?
- About the appetite of your dog, is it eating or not? Is it having a problem picking up foodstuff or swallowing it? Is it eating less than or more than, usual? Have you made changes to your feeding program or change of dog food brand?
- If your situation have changed. Have you added another animal, moved, had decorators in, changed the carpets or your pet’s bedding, etc?
- If you have been on vacation with your dog. If so, where did you go and what place did you stay.
- If your dog has been in contact with other dogs, in kennels, at dog show, or as a visitor. Were any of those contacts ill?
- About your dog’s feces – have these changed recently in color or consistency? Does the dog strain to pass feces? Does it go more or less frequent than usual?
- About changes in your garden, used pesticides or any other garden sprays or treated the lawn or flowerbeds with chemical preparations?
- About the frequency of your pets urination. Does your pet pass urine more frequently than usual or have any difficulty in that aspect? Does the urine contain any blood?
- If your pet has had an accident or a fight of any sort. What kind of animal did your pet get into fight with, how did it happen and when?
Make a note of all the facts that relate to the questions posted above and take it with you so that you can refer to your findings during the veterinary consultation. It’s only too easy to forget important information during anxiety and hassle of a visit to a veterinary clinic!