10 Things You SHOULDN’T do at The Vet

Maybe you are already in the know, and I hope you are, but here are my suggestions for the top things you should not be doing at your vet appointment. Some of them aren’t rocket science, but some pet owners are still clueless.aggressive dog

10. Don’t keep your pet’s biting record a secret.
If your pet is aggressive, please tell us!   If your pet is
particularly aggressive towards one gender, tell the receptionist when you are scheduling the appointment.

9. Don’t let your pets wander freely in the lobby. Pets should be restrained or contained either with leashes or pet carriers. This isn’t social time, and other pets may be aggressive, scared, or sick. This is after all, a pet hospital.

flea8. Don’t ask the vet questions about your own health. I can’t tell you if those bites covering your legs are flea bites. Common sense should tell you this when you have a flea-ridden dog at your ankles, but I am not a human doctor, and am not trained in human medicine.

7. Don’t be thankless. If you vet does a great job, please thank them! Most people don’t, and it goes a long way.

6. Don’t request me to euthanize your pet because he or she has become inconvenient to you. You will be asked to leave and put me in a horrible mood for the rest of the day, and I will hold a grudge. I will forever remember you as “that client,” and so will the rest of the hospital staff.

5. Don’t give your barely-driving teenager the chore of bringing your sick pet to the vet when they know nothing about why you have sent them there. They don’t know what is going on, and are a poor substitute for your pet’s advocate. We need YOU there to talk to us!

4. If you have financial concerns, don’t agree to treatments or diagnostics without knowing how much it willmoney, dollars, coins cost. Yes, bringing it up will be awkward, but it’s better than giving us permission to proceed then being furious with us. This really is your vet’s responsibility, but if you nod your head and sit in silence, you too become part of the problem

3. Don’t go along blindly with your vet’s vaccine schedule! Talk with you vet about which vaccines are necessary for your pet! Learn vaccine truths here.

medicine, medication, pills, drugs, antibiotics, designer drugs2. Don’t spend all your money on expensive name brand medications. Generics are available, and they often work just as well. Diagnostics are where you should be spending your money on. After all, if we can’t definitively diagnose the disease or condition, how successful do you think the treatment will be?

1. Don’t keep going to the same vet if they suck. You know better. There are plenty good vets; go find them.

What other tips do you have to offer fellow pet owners?

Dr. Laci


Dr. Laci Nash Schaible, DVM

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November 13, 2010 at 22:08

SO TRUE!!! LUV IT!! Can we have this made into a poster??

November 13, 2010 at 23:37

haha, yes Sarah! Something that they have to sign and agree to when they adopt a pet! Thanks for reading and commenting!

November 13, 2010 at 23:01

Go find the good vets! YES!

Interesting about clients wanting to have their own stuff looked at, read about that a lot, seems quite common? Not that I blame them, I trust my vet more than my doctor LOL

November 13, 2010 at 23:40

Haha, yes. I wish clients wouldn’t ask me! Even when I tell them I can’t help them, they just keep asking! Some people need an OFF button! :-)

November 14, 2010 at 01:09

I let my dogs socialize if they want to. I don’t want them to feel there’s a reason to fear being there. They normally are allowed to socialize anywhere else they go and I feel that a different rule at the vet will confuse them.

November 14, 2010 at 12:31

Great list! Most vets are great of course, but if everyone went by #1, we would have all pet owners redistributed where they should be! Life’s too short :D

November 14, 2010 at 15:45

Great list! I have had the good fortune of never following rule #1. My family has been seeing the same vets for almost 30 years and we love them!!

However, I think that disclosing that your pet bites should be #2 on the list, it’s kinda’ important.

November 15, 2010 at 22:37

You are right Karen. Avoiding being bitten is very important. Sometimes I assume it is just going to happen and Dr. Jed reminds me (as a husband and a vet both) that if I get bit in the wrong place in my hand, I can never do surgery again — or type, as we do lots of these days! Very true, and I wish more owners understood this. Most people get offended by the muzzle even when their dog is showing signs that they are about to attack.

May 23, 2011 at 16:03

Thank you so much for your advice about vets and pets. I wanted to learn more about vet’s offices so I would be respectful when I went in to show them my pet art. You have done a fantastic job of helping me to understand better the things vets face and how busy their days can be. Also, thank you for the advice about taking care of animals. I look forward to getting to use it!

November 18, 2011 at 22:37

Relief at reading this list! One thing I would suggest is asking the vet when an expense seems out of line – in private and have the question ready and rehearsed. And be ready for the natural appearance of defensiveness and just ask for the facts – after the sticker shock wears off.

November 19, 2011 at 14:22

Can I add another one? Don’t answer your phone during your appointment and just expect us to sit there doing nothing except looking awkward. Unless it’s a dire emergency or has to do with the care of the pet, take the call later!