A big part of any veterinary practice is not just conducting examinations on your pet patients, but also helping their owners to cope before, during, and after the exam itself. In particular, helping pet owners better prepare for a veterinary exam can significantly improve both the ease of the exam itself and the outcomes for the animal. Here at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp., we want to help you provide the best possible care for your animal patients, so in this article, we’ll be going over some instructions you can relay to pet owners on how to prepare for their pet’s next veterinary exam.
- Know the Pet’s Habits- One of the first things you should ask pet owners to make a note of prior to a veterinary exam is their pet’s regular habits. These habits include things like what type of food they eat, how much and how often they eat and drink, how often they relieve themselves, and of course any medications they take and their vaccination history. Many of our clients here at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp. have told us that having a pet’s owner provide this information will give you a solid baseline to start from in your medical care.
- Bring Supplies to Keep the Pet Calm- Another thing you can advise pet owners about is keeping their pet calm during their visit. Veterinary exams are often stressful for the patients, so having their humans bring along a favourite toy or blanket is often an effective way to help keep them calm. In addition, if you’re not conducting any tests that require the animal to fast beforehand, you can advise the owner to bring some treats to further reduce their stress.
- Know Your Budget- Another thing you should ask pet owners about prior to a veterinary exam is their budget for pet care. Knowing how much an owner is prepared to spend on their pet’s medical treatment will help you plan how extensive to make your exam and decide whether to stick to the basics like checking the heart, eyes, ears, nose, etc. or going into additional tests like bloodwork.
If you have further questions on how to advise pet owners before their next veterinary exam, just give us a call.