Providing preventive care to your pet is crucial to ensure they live a long and healthy life. During your pet's regular exams, you can ask your vet any questions you may have about caring for your companion. In this blog post, our veterinarians in White House discuss the significance of routine check-ups for pets, how to prepare for your pet's veterinary visit, and share some questions you can ask your vet.

What are preventive care exams for pets?

Regular visits to the vet are important because they allow the vet to detect health problems early on, administer necessary vaccinations, and protect your pet from various illnesses through parasite prevention measures.

These visits are vital for your pet's long-term health and well-being. Moreover, wellness exams are much more affordable than treating a condition or illness that has already developed or progressed.

By being proactive, you can help your cat or dog avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Preparing for Your Pet's Examination

Ensure a stress-free pet examination at White House Animal Hospital. Come prepared by following these tips.

  • Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
  • If this is your first time bringing your pet to our White House veterinary hospital, arrive about 10 minutes early to complete 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.

What questions to ask a veterinarian?

Having questions for vets is a great way to ensure you give your pets the care they need and deserve. We've got you covered if you're unsure what questions to ask a veterinarian. Here are 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?
  • Can I make any changes or adjustments to my pet's environment or daily routine to enhance their well-being?
  • Is there anything else I should do to ensure my pet's optimal health and happiness?

Please remember that the questions provided earlier are just meant to be a starting point. Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian if you have any additional concerns or questions about your pet's health. They will be able to give you personalized advice based on your pet's specific circumstances and needs.

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.

Are you looking to book a wellness exam for your cat or dog? Contact our White House vets to schedule your pet's appointment today.