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Questions to ask your vet

January 21st 2021

Author: Dr Sarah Butler

Have you ever made a mental note of a list of questions to ask your veterinarian, only to forget what they are as soon as you arrive?

Whether it’s your pet’s crazy antics or a busy clinic, it’s easy to forget the important things you’ve been meaning to bring up. However, these are some common questions that can be worth asking during your pet’s consultation.

HOW IS MY PET’S WEIGHT?

A little treat or snack from time to time is a delight for any pet, but how do you know if it’s affecting their weight?

Most vets will weigh pets at their check-up appointment. Find out what the normal, healthy weight range is for your pet, and whether there are any changes you can make to ensure they remain within it.

According to studies involving pets across Australia, nearly half of dogs and a third of cats in Australia are now classed as obese or overweight. Obesity can lead to medical concerns like skin problems, liver and heart disease, back problems, and osteoarthritis.

HOW DO I LOOK AFTER THEIR TEETH AND GUMS?

Every animal is different, but cats and dogs are not much different from us in terms of dental health. They can develop periodontal disease if you don’t maintain their teeth and gums. Pets can hide their pain, but you can notice signs of poor oral hygiene such as rotting teeth, a loss of appetite, and smelly breath.

Your vet will look for signs of any problems at their check-up and can advise on what you need to do next, if anything.

WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY PET?

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the pet food offerings on the market. There are so many options to choose from! Given that every breed is different, check with your vet about the best food choices for their unique makeup.

What works for your pet may not work for someone else’s, and vice-versa. Your pet’s dietary needs can also change as they age. So, it’s worth asking this question at various points throughout their life.

I’VE NOTICED SOME UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR − IS THIS NORMAL?

If your pet has started to display some odd behaviour, don’t assume it’s a new personality trait or quirkiness. Any new behaviour could be a sign of an underlying issue that might need addressing. Mention any changes to your vet and see if they have any recommendations.

If you have any pressing questions about your pet at your next vet appointment, then don’t be afraid to ask them. You may even like to write them down so that you don’t forget!