Regular check-ups with your vet can detect early signs of illness, disease, and potential problems. Follow these tips from our vets to prepare for preventive care, which is essential for your pet's well-being.
Why Are Preventive Care Exams Important?
Ensure your pet's long-term wellness with regular check-ups at our Douglasville Veterinary Hospital. Early identification of potential problems and provision of necessary vaccines and preventive meds keep your pet healthy.
Preventive care is the key to optimal health and saves you money by avoiding costly treatments for serious diseases, illnesses, and parasites. Plus, early detection equals less pain and discomfort for your pet.
How To Prepare For Your Pet's Preventive Exam
Preparing for your cat or dog's preventive care appointment at Douglasville Veterinary Hospital can make the process easier and less stressful for both you and your pet.
- Inform your vet of any recent or previous tick bites.
- If this is your first time bringing your pet to our Douglasville 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.
- To help your pet stay calm at their appointment, bring their favorite blanket or toy.
- 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.
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.