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6 Questions Your Veterinarian Wishes You’d Ask

Every Month we send out a magazine called Healthy Pet to all our clients to let them know if their pet’s vaccinations are due. In this month’s issue there was a magazine article titled “6 Questions Your Veterinarian Wishes You’d Ask” and we completely agree, so we thought we would share with all you pet owners out there.


Owning a pet seems simple: feed, walk, play, cuddle, repeat. Of course, the responsabilities of pet ownership are more involved. To keep dogs and cats health, you need a veterinarians help. And your pets doctor is eager to answer your questions-even one’s you might not think to ask. When you head to the clinic for the pet’s next visit, bring these quaries with you. Your pet-and your vet-will be glad you did.


1. What will my pet cost?

“The sad fact is two out of three puppies will not be with their original owner in two years,” says Andy Rollo, DVM, with Madison Veterinary Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich. “Behavior and cost are the top two reasons for this. So we want to make a dent in that statistic by preparing owners.” So ask your veterinarian what financial aspects to exprect over your pet’s lifetime. “In my clinic, we have a plan that spells everything out for the first year, including spay or neuter surgery, vaccines, and parasite prevention costs,” Dr. Rollo says. “We give it to owners during their first visit to try to avoid some of the sticker shock that can occur.”


We would like to add to this: Here at QHVC we do offer puppy packages so owners of new puppies will pay a discounted one time price and will be set up for all the first year vaccinations, a fecal test, an exam with the same doctor at each appt, the first dose of heartworm medication, toe nail trimes each time, and lots of new puppy information. This package also gives owners discounts on the spays and neuters and microchipping. This puppy package helps take the stress off the owner of worrying when the pet has to come in for the next vaccines and saves the owner money.


2. What identification does my pet need?

Sandy Block, DVM, With Bollinger Canyon Animal Hospital in San Ramon, Calif., recommends that every cat and dog get a microchip. Collars and tags also are important for all pets to wear, but these forms of identification can fall off. So microchips are the only sure-fire way your pet can be identified. However, microchips are only useful if you keep your information-name, contact information, and microchip ID number- up to date in the datebase, so be sure to speak with your veterinarian about the best identification strategy for your pet.


We would like to add to this: In the LA area it’s also very important that you register your pets with the Lancaster Animal Shelter, and keep in mind it is cheaper if the pet is neutered and spayed, and legally it is required that every pet have a current rabies vaccination. We offer a vaccine clinic every Thursday from 5-7 pm walk in and cash only and it’s ten dollars for the shot.


3. What food should my cat or dog eat?

Nutrition is as important for pets as it is for people. The type of diet recommended for cats or dogs depends on a number of factors, such as your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and health condition. “Whether it is food, vitamins, or supplements, or natural products, ask your veterinarian what is appropriate for your pet,” Dr. Block says. Sometimes veterinarians prescribe specially formulated therapeutic foods to help manage certain diseases. Some people want to be their pets’ personal chefs. “Owners who want to home-cook food should weigh the pros and cons with the doctor,” Dr. Rollo says. The overall message: There are a lot of pet food options out there and your veterinarian will help you make the right nutritional choices for your pet.


4. Which Vaccines does my pet need?

Veterinarians usually divide vaccines into two categories: core and noncore. Core vaccines are recommended-or even required like in the case of rabies-for every pet. Veterinarians might recommend additional noncore vaccines based on your pet and the life it leads. “It will depend on the pets lifestyle: whether it is a house dog, a big Lab in the backyard, or a hunting dog,” Dr. Block says. “It also depends on the area of the country you live in because diseases vary and the frequency required for vaccinations varies by area.” Indoor and outdoor cats usually require different vacccinations, as do puppies and kittens. Therefore, it’s vitally important that you visit your veterinarian to find out which vaccines your pet needs.


We would like to add to this: In the Antelope valley legally the Rabies vaccination is required. However, we also recommend your dogs get their combo shots which include things like Distemper and Parvo, we have seen many cases of Parvo so this vaccine is extremely important especially for puppies. They should get there first Parvo vaccine at 6 weeks and ever three to four weeks after that until theyre at least five months old. We also highly recommend your pet get the Bordatella vaccination as well, since we have seen many cases of Kennel cough, which dogs can get from being around other dogs not just at a kennel. This vaccine should be given at 8 weeks and they should be given at least one booster and like the Parvo vaccine should be update yearly. Again we do have a vaccine clinic every Thursday or you can call to set up an appointment.


5. What does my pet’s behavior mean?

A lot of people forget to mention behavioral issues-even seemingly smallones- to their veterinarians. “Whether it’s that a dog jumps up on grandma when she visits or growls at a child for taking its bone, those things are important to the family,” Dr. Block says. “Behavioral issues are one if the main reasons pets end up at shelters, so we try to fix it so they can stay happy and healthy in their home.” Also tell your veterinarian about changes in your pet’s behavior. For example, if your cat starts urinating outside the box, the behavior could signal an underlying illness. Cats are notorious for hiding illness, and small behavior differences like this might be the only sign you’ll see.


6. How do I carry out the treatment plan?

When your veterinarian is working to diagnose your pet’s illness, be sure you understand all the steps. For example, ask why the doctor is running blood work or taking a radiograph. Also be sure you completely understand any healthcare you’re to give at home. “Sometimes it’s easy for veterinarians to overlook explaining the therapy that’s been recommended,” Dr. Rollo says, “Whether it is giving a medication or restricting activity.” If you have questions, veterinarians always want you to ask for clarification. They also want you to share any concerns you may have. For example: “If the doctor puts your dog on a canned food diet, but your dog doesn’t like canned food, say so,” Dr, Rollo says. Also feel free to call the practice if problems arise after you get home. Regardless of the situation, remember this: When in doubt, always ask your veterinarian for more information. Your pet is the main priority,and veterinarians and their team members welcome the chance to spend and extra minute or two with you to make sure your cats and dogs healthy and safe.


Hope this helps all pet owners and the next time you come into Quartz Hill Veterinary Clinic keep these questions in mind!

Silly group photo such a great place to work : )

July 13, 2011 - Posted by | AV Best Veterinary, Lancaster Veterinary, Palmdale Veterinary, Quartz Hill Veterinary, Rosamond Veterinary | , , , ,

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