Secretly Annoying Your Veterinarian Habits

Dr. Silva stresses that pet parents must take their pets to the doctor annually for wellness checks.

Sara Ochoa, DVM, a veterinarian at The Animal Hospital of West Monroe in Louisiana, advises fasting before surgery and providing a stool sample for checkups.

If you give your vet more information, they can spot issues and make the session flow well. Alex Schechter, DVM, founding veterinarian of Burrwood Veterinary in Detroit, suggests keeping a vet checklist.

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In addition to basic health and lifestyle information, you must reveal any pet changes. The more detail you provide, the easier it will be for your vet to diagnose potential issues.

Dr. Ochoa says pets might get apprehensive at vet appointments, so bringing their favorite blanket, toy, or treats can help.

Dr. Silva advises checking with your vet about how and when you'll receive your pet's test results. Follow up on recommended treatments like checkups or lab testing.

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