Making the most of veterinary visits

 
By Connie Orcutt • Published: April 1st, 2016
Category: Animal Airwaves
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It takes some doing to schedule a veterinary appointment. So once you’ve made all the arrangements, make the most of the visit.

You can reduce distractions by leaving young children with a sitter instead of bringing them along. And if you arrive for the appointment a bit early, your furry friend can get a look at — and smell of — the clinic. Then, turning off your cell phone in the exam room will let everyone focus on the task at hand.

Try your best not to send someone in your place who doesn’t know your pet. Come prepared with details on current problems and bring along any medications your pet is taking. If your pet was referred, call the clinic in advance to confirm receipt of records and test results from the referring veterinarian.

And most important of all, ask questions — as many as needed until you understand the issues.