Have you just adopted a new pet? After allowing your pet a few days to become accustomed to its new family and environmental surroundings, a trip to the veterinarian should be next on your list of things to do. Below, you'll find three helpful questions to ask your vet at your first visit.
What Should I Feed My Pet? With so many options for pet food lining the shelves, it can be difficult to distinguish between the most nutritionally beneficial products and ones that are just well marketed. Your veterinarian can give you an unbiased, straightforward answer about which brand is best for your breed. Some pets might even require special diets, including home-cooked meals prepared with the input of a veterinary nutritionist. Ask your vet which course of action is best for your dog or cat.
Does My Pet Have Breed-Specific Health Problems? Some pets are prone to breed-related health issues. Large breeds like Labradors and German Shepherds may experience problems with hip dysplasia, a condition that causes pain and difficulty in walking and limited mobility. Poodles and beagles might experience early onset eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma. Discuss methods of preventative care with your veterinarian to help combat these breed-related issues. Your vet will help create a management plan to regulate exercise and diet, alleviate symptoms, and prevent future complications.
Is My Pet Behaving Normally? Take note of any behavioral quirks your pet displays during the first few weeks, especially if you've adopted it from a shelter. Even if you have a limited history about your pet, your veterinarian should be able to distinguish normal behavior from potentially problematic issues. Your vet may also be able to recommend training courses to help improve your pet's behavior.
ABC Veterinary Hospitals puts animal care first. To schedule an appointment, call us at (858) 278-1825 today and ask how our top-of-the-line veterinary service can help bring out the best in your pet.