Are You Wasting Your Money At The Vet?
We all know veterinary care is expensive but did you know that you may be sabotaging your vet visits?
Here are some tips to get the most from your veterinary visits.
Number one tip is don’t make your appointment on a Monday or Friday if you can help it; those are usually the busiest times at any vet’s office.
Be sure to get the story straight before you go. What is going on with your buddy may entail a lot of information; jot down some notes so you don’t forget anything. Think about these things:
- When did the illness or injury happen?
- Has it happened before?
- What exactly happened?
- How has her behavior been since the injury/illness?
- Did you travel or have something change in your routine?
- Are other pets in the home having similar issues?
- Has your buddy gotten into anything or had any new foods (including treats)?
- Any other changes or symptoms?
Once you finish the “what happened” part, stop and listen to that important, expensive advice from your vet. We know your head may be spinning with all the information and instructions; once your vet is finished, ask them anything you’re not sure of. Request that your vet writes down any essential instructions or hard-to-spell diagnoses.
If you get home and can’t remember all of the instructions, call your vet back! We often think of things we should have asked once we are on the way home. If that sounds familiar, definitely call and ask for clarification. Your vet wants you to understand and follow the instructions, so he would rather you call and verify something than guess at it.
Don’t improvise or resort to social media. Going to your pet-related Facebook group and asking strangers for advice and blindly following it – isn’t a good idea. But reading up and talking to people who have experienced the same problem may give you strategies, but you need to discuss them with your vet before you change anything
Find a vet you trust and has a good rapport with you and your pet. Give them all the pertinent information, listen, and follow through with the instructions. Hopefully, your pet will be feeling better soon!