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.
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.
8. 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 will 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.
2. 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?
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