How to Make the Most of Your Vet Visit

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Taking your pet to the vet? Whether it’s a routine appointment or you’re checking on symptoms, there are steps you can take to help the appointment go well.

Bringing your pet’s health records, or having them transferred ahead of time, is one of the most important things to do.

Over the years, your pet may see more than one vet, and possibly also go to emergency or specialty hospitals. Records from these visits have information about your pet’s drug allergies, sensitivity to anesthesia, and baseline blood values. Some veterinarians make these records readily available. Others require signed releases.

“Ultimately, having access to complete medical records is essential to quality of care,” says Gene Bailey, who owns The Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza in Apex, N.C.

Also, if it’s your pet’s first visit, ask the staff:

  • How to contact the staff if your pet has an emergency
  • Whether they offer after-hour emergency appointments
  • If they can give you contact information for local emergency clinics and poison control
  • How you should contact them (phone, text, or email) with questions that aren’t urgent

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