Get the most out of a clinic visit – physical examination

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Do you know, during every clinic visit, how well you act and speak on behalf of your dog is as crucial as how professionally a vet carries out a physical examination to look for clues? Here are tips to save yourself money and your pet from possible suffering that you probably haven’t heard of before.

Tip 1: Be prepared to speak for your dog

As a parent, you are the one who spend more time with your dog, know his or her habits and understand the behaviour better than your vet. Your dog relies on you to articulate anything that seems out of the ordinary. To be able to spot the unusual, it means you observe your dog regularly e.g. when petting, cuddling, brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears, drying and combing their fur after shower and etc.

Tip 2: Don’t be afraid to ask questions

A session with your vet should be a discussion especially when your dog is sick. It should never be just you talking about possible symptoms, and then walking out with a medical subscription without any questions and discussion. Since you are in power to decide what to give to your dog, you shall make an informed decision. Making yourself well aware of what leads to a diagnosis, the certainty of the diagnosis, side effect of medicine, pros and cons of a surgery, any preventive measures and etc, is no shame but helpful to your dog.

Tip 3: Be efficient

Reality is that you’ve got 10-15 minute consultation time with your vet, and you better use it well. How? You shall be already prepared for a “speech” mentioned in tip 1 before walking into your vet’s room and have most of your questions and doubts in mind. This way, the vet can go straight to check the related issue for your dog instead of doing a full physical examination trying to figure out what the dog could be wrong with. However, the time limit should never stop you from asking questions.

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